Point Reyes Wildlife Safari October 2019
Join professional wildlife photographers Amy Shutt and Daniel Dietrich for a Point Reyes National Seashore Safari in October 2019. Daniel Dietrich is a NPS permitted guide and is a certified California Naturalist. He spends nearly every day in Point Reyes National Seashore. His intimate knowledge of the park, its history, and the animal life provide guests with a one of a kind experience. His ability to scout and track the animals of the park is quite amazing.
Amy has joined Daniel in the field in different seasons and has always been amazed at Daniel's eagle eyes. She has been to come away with a tome of knowledge on the area and animals and photographs of many Tule Elk, Bobcat, Coyote,birds, and more.
Our aim with The Canid Project workshops is to provide experiences that will not just focus on the technical and aesthetic aspects of photography, but also on how you can use your photography for conservation and education. We also focus strongly on the ethics of wildlife photography.
Each workshop is led by carefully selected ethical wildlife photographers. When applicable we strive to work with conservation-based organizations and projects that provide unique and intimate information throughout our workshops by way of professional guides, researchers, and biologists.
Our workshops target canid species as well as other wildlife and the areas and efforts that directly affect these species.
Proceeds from these workshops go directly to The Canid Project to help fund educational endeavors and outreach, as well as the fox rehab in Louisiana.
About Point Reyes National Seashore
“Point Reyes National Seashore is a vast expanse of protected coastline in Northern California’s Marin County. Because Point Reyes National Seashore is part of the California Floristic Province (characterized by Mediterranean vegetation) and a zone of overlap of marine provinces (Californian and Oregonian), a wide variety of animals are found in the diversity of habitats. Current inventories document approximately 80 species of mammals and nearly half the bird species of North America, 490 species, have been spotted here”. -NPS.gov
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The park holds incredible opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography. Daniel’s favorite animal to watch and photograph is the North American Bobcat. He has spent years learning their patterns and behavior and see them often. They can be seen at any time during the day despite being known for their nocturnal behavior, due to the fact that they are not hunted in the park.
Coyote are seen throughout the park and at any time during the day as well. Daniel’s favorite scene to witness is their hunting rodents, where they spring off all four feet and crash nose first into the rodent hole. It is brilliant to watch. The other canid present in the park is the Gray Fox!
Tule Elk are plentiful in the park and can be seen on any trip. Native to the park and endemic to California, this is the best place in the state to view and photograph these incredible animals.
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Raptors are plentiful in the park and include hawks, eagles, osprey, harrier, kestrel, falcons and kites amongst others.
Owls are our favorite birds to find. Barn Owls, Great-horned Owls and Burrowing Owls (in the winter months) can all be seen and photographed.
If you love marine mammals, elephant seals, sea lions, Harbor Seals, Stellar Sea Lions, Whales and Orcas patrol the coast.
Lucky visitors to the park have seen Mountain Lions, Long-tailed Weasels and Badgers.
And of course there is a beautiful vista around every curve. So don't forget your landscape lens for some dramatic scenery shots.
Please note: While none of the animal species are guaranteed sightings on this safari, Point Reyes holds a high density of Bobcat, Coyote, Tule Elk, and more, so the photographic opportunities are plenty!
See a full animal species list HERE
WORKING ITINERARY for October 2019 Photo Tour:
You will receive a detailed itinerary which includes airport and lodging information once your deposit has been paid, but please see these exciting points below that make up this unique wildlife photography workshop. Please feel free to email with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org*
*Lodging is included in the workshop price for the nights of October 21, 22, 23, 24*
*Lunch is included on October 22, 23, and 24*
October 21, 2019 / Monday: arrive in California and make your way to Point Reyes. We will meet in the evening to for a presentation by Amy. We will also discuss the workshop and logistics in detail. Please arrive by 8pm.
October 22-24, 2019 / Tuesday - Thursday: Three full days of in the field shooting. We will have 2 review sessions during the week.
October 24, 2019 / Thursday PM: The workshop will conclude the evening of October 24, 2019
*Photography will take place for 3 full days at the best times for light and animal activity. The workshop will conclude the evening of October 24, 2019
Along with information on the natural history of the park and its animal inhabitants, Amy and Daniel will speak on the many facets of wildlife and conservation photography and ethics including:
- Ethical practices of wildlife photography
- Conservation photography and how you can contribute to raise awareness
- How to tell compelling stories through wildlife photography that help to educate the public
- Best camera settings and gear for wildlife photography
- Photographic techniques, composition, and use of natural light as it applies to wild animals
If you do not own any of the equipment below you can rent from several rental facilities. Amy uses and recommends Lens Pro To Go, Borrow Lenses, and Lensrentals. Email Amy if you are unsure if your gear will work for this workshop: email@example.com and she''ll let you know! :)
- DSLR or mirrorless camera that does well at high ISOs
- Long lens (something that extends to at least 400 to 600mm)
- A shorter long lens, like a 70-200mm
- A wide angle for landscapes
- Tripod is not necessary but if you are accustomed to using one for landscapes please bring one
- Comfortable clothing and shoes appropriate for the weather
- Warm clothing for early mornings and late afternoons.
Price: $2545 // Deposit: of $750 // Only 4 spots available!
What the price includes:
- All photographic instruction from two photo leaders
- Professional Guiding
- Transportation in the park during in the field shooting on October 22, 23, and 24
- Lodging for 4 nights (October 21, 22, 23, 24)
- Bag Breakfast provided by Hotel on October 22, 23, and 24
- Lunch on October 22, 23, and 24
What the price does NOT include:
- Flights to California or transportation to and from Point Reyes or airport.
- Transportation outside of safari times and days
- Travel insurance
- Meals other than lunches on October 22, 23, and 24
TRAVEL INSURANCE: SIMPLE & FLEXIBLE
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About Your Instructors and Guides
Amy Shutt specializes in nature and wildlife photography with a recent focus in photo-documentary projects. A formally trained and published photographer, Amy also teaches various photography classes and workshops throughout the United States and in Africa. Her interest in foxes and coyotes, background in wildlife rehabilitation, and curiosity about the human and wild animal relationships in our world, brought her to start The Canid Project. She hopes to preserve, educate, and inspire through this endeavor.
Daniel Dietrich is a full time wildlife photographer living in Point Reyes, California. His commitment to ethics in wildlife photography is of the utmost importance to him. To Daniel, the story behind any image is much more important than the final image itself. The beauty comes from watching, learning and understanding an animal’s behavior long before clicking the shutter. Daniel sits on the ethics committee for the North America Nature Photography Association (NANPA). He owns and operates Point Reyes Safaris, a wildlife photography tour company.
READY TO SIGN UP?
To sign up and pay your deposit, which secures your spot, you are being directed to Amy Shutt's website to check out HERE
Have a question for us? Please fill out this form below or email: firstname.lastname@example.org