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Osprey by Boat - Photography Workshop at Blue Cypress Lake
(Vero Beach, Florida)

: April 14-17, 2019
Fee: $1,595
Limit: 8 participants
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Description: Blue Cypress Lake near Vero Beach is part of Florida’s “Treasure Coast” on the eastern shore. Surrounded by drapes of Spanish moss and lined with cypress trees that glow blue in morning light, Blue Cypress Lake is home to over 240 pairs of nesting osprey. Every year at this peaceful location, busy pairs of osprey build their nests among towering cypress trees that overlook the water.

During this osprey photography workshop you will capture images of birds up-close, in-flight, and eye-level, as well as gorgeous environmental shots of the lake. You will also be treated to early morning sunrises and late evening sunsets on the lake, which are a wonderful setting for Florida bird photography.


The Best Location and Time for an Osprey Photography Workshop

Spanning more than 6,500 acres, Blue Cypress Lake is a massive territory for osprey and other wildlife. An adjacent canal system with shallow waters nearby ensure a reliable and plentiful food supply for osprey throughout the season. Osprey actively nesting, chick brooding and feeding, and flying in and out of nests at close range are all guaranteed.

We have reserved two exclusive 3 hour boat tours daily for Blue Cypress Lake photography. The dates of this osprey photography workshop are scheduled for the most coveted dates of peak chick brooding and nesting season. Planning in advance gives you up close access to photograph osprey during peak seasonal action.

What You’ll Learn

Nikhil will share the secrets of taking control of an active situation and how to best capture these magnificent birds in all their glory.

There will be a strict limit of 4 photographers per boat so you can photograph in comfort with ample space for your gear. Nikhil will spend equal time with all workshop participants, actively teaching you new bird photography techniques that you can use anywhere you go.

Licensed Boat Captains Get You Where You Need to Be

During this osprey photography workshop you will be photographing from stable, modified pontoon boats with licensed captains who know the lake intimately. Our expert captains will position our group right where we need to be to create fantastic action shots.



Enjoy 3 full days of action packed bird photography on Blue Cypress Lake.

Day 1, April 14, 2019

During our first evening together, Nikhil will give a presentation on photographing osprey at the Holiday Inn Express®. From the ideal settings for capturing action to compositional considerations for landscape photography on the lake, Nikhil will prepare you for the variety of opportunities you will encounter during the workshop. Nikhil will also go over logistics and the schedule for the following 3 days.

Day 2–4, April 15–17, 2019

Blue Cypress Lake Photography

All scheduled boat excursions are dependent on the weather. Other activities will be scheduled in case of inclement weather conditions.

Morning Sunrise Session

Each morning we will be on the lake to photograph pretty sunrises on the water and osprey in flight and on nests. We will enjoy up to 3 hours in our boats on the lake, depending on the weather and lighting conditions.

Midday Classroom Session

After our morning sunrise session we will take a break for lunch. After lunch we will meet back at our hotel for image review sessions. This is your chance to get feedback on your images made during the workshop. The feedback sessions will be constructive and help you make the necessary adjustments for some of the repetitive opportunities. One afternoon will be dedicated to a post-processing session where Nikhil will share tips and tricks to make your photos look their best.

Evening Sunset Session

In the evening we’ll enjoy the glowing light on the water for our Blue Cypress Lake photography sunset session.


All scheduled boat excursions are weather dependent and other activities will be scheduled in case of inclement weather conditions.


Itinerary Includes:

  • All in the field instruction from workshop leader Nikhil Bahl
  • Classroom presentations
  • Friendly, personal image critiques
  • Boat charter with driver/guide who knows the lake intimately
  • Discounted lodging has been arranged; confirmations will be provided upon registration and receipt of deposit

Itinerary Does Not Include:

  • Lodging
  • Meals
  • Transportation throughout; we’ll encourage carpooling as the boat launch site is a 30 minute drive from the hotel
  • Incidentals


Registration through Naturescapes

Please contact Nikhil if you have any questions.

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