Shorebirds in Summer Day Tour

red necked grebes

Lac La Biche is on the central migratory pathway and is a mecca for a vast variety of birds that nest in the Boreal Forest. Protected since 1920 this area is a recognized bird sanctuary. Enjoy sandpipers, herons, pelicans, loons, grebes, osprey, eagles and ducks all from the shores of Lac La Biche Lake. Over 200 different species of birds can be found through the course of the year in this region. On this day tour I will share my expertise and help you on your photography journey whatever your level of skill. From understanding bird behaviours to capturing sharp bird in flight photos, on this trip you will have the opportunity to compose compelling images. Each of my day trips are designed to improve your photography skills and have you leaving with great photos and memories.

Sir Winston Church Provincial Park provides a few great locations for bird photography as does other areas along the lakeshore. Lac La Biche lake is over 20km long so there will be lots of spots to explore. 

2024 Tour Dates
June 29
June 20
July 5
July 7

Costs
Costs $650. An additional maximum of two participants can be added to a day tour for $200 per additional participant. Additional participants will be billed separately and payment for additional participants is due within 14 days of the tour. 

$650 - One participant 
$850 - Two participants
$1050 - Three participants

great blue heron

What is covered in the cost?

  • Pick up and drop off at your accommodations for tour
  • In-field photography tips and teaching
  • Light snacks and a limited selection of refreshments

What is not covered in the cost?

  • Transportation to and from Lac La Biche, Alberta, Canada
  • Accommodations
  • Meals

What level of physical activity is required?

  • You may need to be able to carry your own camera gear for up to 200 meters. 

What will the weather be like?

  • Usually at this time of the year is warm however it can still be cool in the morning. Weather however is unpredictable in Alberta and but temperatures tend to be around 15C in the morning and around 20 to 25C later in the day. 
  • It can be rainy and wet or may be quite sunny,
  • An updated forecast will be provided closer to the actual date of the tour. 

What should you bring?

  • Dress in layers, have footwear that is good for sand and trails and bring some bug spray
  • Plenty of batteries 
  • A lens that has reach to at least 200mm
  • I would not recommend a tripod as we will be moving around quite a lot

 duck running on water

Itinerary (subject to change)

5:30 am - pick up at accommodations
6:00 - 6:15 am - arrive at location
6:15 - 9:00 am - photograph birds
9:00 - 9:30 am - return to accommodations

Plenty of time for you to explore the lake and Sir Winston Park and its many walking trails on your own between our morning and evening outing.

5:30 pm - pick up at accommodations
6:00 - 6:15 pm - arrive at location
6:15 - 9:00 pm - photograph kits and other wildlife if kits are not active
9:00 - 9:30 pm - return to accommodations

piper in the morning

Why take a tour with me? 

With an undergraduate degree in sciences and a doctorate in Adult Education, I know biology and I know how to teach! An award winning instructor and an award winning photographer I have been a finalist in Nature Photography of the Year, Travel Photographer of the Year, NANPA, Share the View, WildArt POTY, Nature Canada, Remembering Bears and Nature TTL, included receiving special mentions, commended, Top 100 and Top 250 awards and winning the Grand Prize of Nature Canada's Photo contest in 2023 with a great gray owl photo taken right the region of this tour!

My works have been featured in print in both national and international publications, including the most recent Best Wildlife Photographers of 2023 by Canadian Geographic. Named one of the top 16 wildlife photographers in Canada this past year by influencer digest + I live in Northern Alberta, Canada and specialize in photographing the wildlife of the Boreal Forest. I am a member of the Canadian Conservation Photographers Collective and am committed to protecting wildlife in Canada and their habitat. I recently worked on the collective's Crossing Paths campaign highlighting the issues when various modes of transportation intersect with wildlife. I routinely mentor aspiring wildlife photographers and hope to inspire them to tell the story of the wildlife they experience from their own unique perspective and helps her students uncover their unique personal style.

silhouette birds in flight

Cancellation and Refund Policies

* Full payment is required at the time of booking.
* All cancellations must be received by email.
* All cancellations are subject to fees
* Refund policies 
      - Up to 45 days before the tour $500 refund
      - Between 44 - 30 days before the tour $325 refund
      - Between  29 - 14 days before the tour $150 refund
      - 13 days before the tour no refund
 * If I have to cancel a tour due to unforeseen circumstances (i.e. extreme weather, natural disasters, health, unforeseen technical issues) the full amount of the tour will be refunded.  Any expenses incurred by participants in relation to the canceled trip (i.e. travel, hotel, etc) will remain the responsibility of the participants. As such I strongly recommend participants purchase travel insurance for their trip that includes coverage for COVID-related cancellations and trip interruptions.

Participant Agreements
For all tours, each participant will be required to sign a Release of Liability and an Assumption of Risk Waiver before the start of the tour. Some tours may require a non-disclosure of location agreement (great gray owls and fox kits) and you will be asked to sign a photo release form (optional). 

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For more information email me at donna@donnafeledichukphotography.com