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Join us for a unique and exciting experience of photographing local birds in the wild
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We're passionate about photographing birds!

 

Part of our goal is to share that passion with others. We want to provide you with a unique, local opportunity that will allow you to experience the beauty of California's remaining wild bird habitats. Once you have witnessed a sunrise liftoff of Sandhill Cranes or have seen the delta skies filled with tens of thousands of birds, Sandhill Cranes, Canada Geese, White-fronted Geese, egrets, herons, hawks and many more, you will be forever transformed. We want your experience with us to not only meet your expectations, but to also provide you with great photo opportunities and lasting memories.

 

Rates

Hourly     $90

1/2 day   $225

1 day       $450

 

Includes: Guide services, local knowledge, technical and photographic instruction, snacks, liquid refreshments, etc.

Does Not Include: Lodging, meals, transportation or any  type of insurance or liability, unless otherwise specified.

 

Discounts: A 20% discount is offered to previous participants for all scheduled tours

 

Scheduled Tours for 2013 [ Tentative ]

 

Sandhill Cranes in the California Delta

 

    January 4th & 5th, 2013

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    January 19th & 20, 2013 [2]

Fully Booked

[2] Special Introduction to Bird Photography class and tour  - Booked through Viewpoint Gallery, Sacramento

 

*Special* Sandhill Cranes in Bosque del Apache, New Mexico

     January 24th - January 29th, 2013

     Bosque Farms, New Mexico

Five days and nights of unbelievable bird photography in the valley of the Rio Grande. Special limited offering.


Fully Booked
 
Morro Bay Photo Tour

    April 25 - 28, 2013

    Morro Bay, California

Three days and nights of photography along the beautiful central coast of California. Sea and shore birds, with emphasis on pelicans, plus elephant seals, tide pools and more. Lodging, meals and special Bay Boat charter options are available for this one-of-a-kind tour. Limited to six lucky photographers.

 

$150 - $450 depending on options selected. Call or e-mail for further information and registration package. [Tour limited to six participants]

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Point Reyes Photo Shoot

      May 18th & May 19th

      Point Reyes Station, California

      Two days of photography along the magnificent and dramatic coast of Point Reyes, California. Sea, shore and woodland  birds, bluffs and beaches, wildflowers, and a Bike race! [see below] and more.

REDUCED FEE!

$349. Call or e-mail for further information and registration package. Discounts available to prior participants and a $100.00 voucher available to first new participant to register. Shoot limited to six participants


 

 

Tour of California - Top Cyclists from Around the World

May 19th - Final Stage: San Francisco - Santa Rosa

An early race start at Marina Green in San Francisco and a dramatic finish to this years Tour in Santa Rosa,that will pass through Point Reyes on Highway 1 late morning

  


 

http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/Route/stages/stage8.html

 

 
A Search for Sandhill Cranes on the Modoc Plateau Photo Tour

    June 7th,8th & 9th - Alturas, California

Join us as we explore the summer habitats of California's Sandhill Cranes. Visit the refuges in northern California and southern Oregon that provide habitats for Sandhill Cranes and experience the beauty of this remote section of California.

 

$499  - Call or e-mail for further information and registration package. Be sure to identify the event.  [Tour is limited to six participants]


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Introduction to Bird Photography Class  

    Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Join me at the Learning Exchange in Sacramento for an Introduction to Photographing Birds. Class ID: 44549

 

$55 - Contact the learning Exchange to Register for this class.

Learning Exchange http://learningexchange.com

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National Auto Museum in Reno

 

The National Auto Museum is one of the top collections of classic cars in the country, housing many of the cars from the Harrah collection. Join us while we drool over and photograph these beautiful machines.

$59  - Call or e-mail for further information and registration package. Be sure to identify the event.  [Shoot  is limited to six participants]

 

East Bay Street Shoot & Dinner Extravaganza

    September 8, 10AM - till ? - Albany, CA

We will rendezvous at Carolyn's and caravan to Solano Avenue in Albany for the Annual STROLL. You'll find music, dancing, crafts, food, people and lots of hustle and bustle and great photo opportunities. We'll pick you up and return to Carolyn's for downloading, image review and dinner.

$79  - Call or e-mail for further information and registration package. Be sure to identify the event.  [Shoot and dinner is limited to six participants]

 

Introduction to Bird Photography Class
 

    Class dates in September and October to be developed.

Would you like to learn how to photographically capture the beauty of birds. Learn camera and lens requirements, camera technique, best locations to photograph birds and more. This can be a great introduction to the world of birds and/or an expansion of your photography skills.

$89  - Call or e-mail for further information and registration package. [Class is limited to six participants]

   
Sandhill Cranes in the Delta

    Four Dates: October -19th, October 20th, October 26th & October 27th

    Take an early morning or late evening adventure and witness the extraordinary beauty and wonder of Sandhill Cranes in their winter habitat. They sing, they dance you will be amazed. A fall sunrise with Sandhill Cranes lifting off their roost is an experience not to be missed.

$65  - Call or e-mail for further information and registration package. [Tour limited to six participants]

 

 
Napa/Sonoma Valley Founders Fall Foto Fest

     November 2nd & 3rd, 2013 - Napa, California

  Join us as we follow "Founders" footsteps and visit several of the earliest wineries in the Napa Valley. Wine, history, architecture, fall colors, fine food and visit to the Hot Springs. A great way to win[e/d] down before the holidays. harvest is usually finished at this time and traffic should be reduced.

$250  - Call or e-mail for further information and registration package. [Tour limited to six participants]

 

Inglenook Winery

 

Charles Krug Winery

 

Gustave Niebaum

 

 

Charles Krug

 

Scheduled Tours for 2015 [ Tentative ]

Coming soon!
January 2015 Introduction to Bird Photography Class
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We welcome you to join us on one or more of these tours [remember there is a 20% discount for previous participants].

We will be happy to work with you to arrange tours tailored to your interests and needs.

Contact us at anytime to discuss your Bird Photography interests.

Email us for a description of any of the tours offered & request a reservation form
Contact us:
Carolyn can be reached at:http://www.colemillerphotography.com/contact.html
Bill can be reached at: http://www.colemillerphotography.com/contact.html
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