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East Coast Waterfowl Photography:
from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

February 3 - 9, 2019


Our East Coast Waterfowl Photography tour offers participants a number of unique opportunities with some truly amazing birds. First, we will spend time with wild but habituated birds on Chesapeake Bay where we will have ample opportunity to make portraits and hone our duck in flight techniques. Canvasback, wigeon, scaup, and more will be the our targets. Miss a flight shot? Not to worry, more opportunities will present themselves shortly! Once we have mastered making sharp flight shots and good exposures we will move to our second location where we will seek a different compliment of birds, Long-tailed Duck, Harlequin Duck, Bufflehead, Red-breasted Merganser and scoters! Common Eider is a distinct possibility as well. Our on the ground research, local contacts, and creative approach should give us access to more scoters and eiders than ever before. We frankly just can't wait to get back to the East Coast! This unique offering will give the participants the opportunity to improve their portfolios on ten or more species of ducks, Brant, gulls, and several species of shorebirds including the spectacular Purple Sandpiper.

Day 1, February 17:Philadelphia International Airport, transfer to Cambridge, MD
We will depart Philadephia International Airport at approximately 11am.  Please plan to arrive before this time.  The group will transfer to Maryland grabbing lunch on the way and check into our hotel.  The photography will begin in the afternoon.


Day 2, February 18: Cambridge, MD
Most photographers familiar with our location will tell you it is an "afternoon only" shoot.  In our experience the location is great both morning AND afternoon and we will show you how to make the morning light work to our advantage.  Our day will be

Tour Details

Price: $2,999 per person, double occupancy
Single supplement - $625
Included: Expert Photography Guide, Photography Tips and Tricks, Ground Transportation During the Tour, Lodging, All Meals from Lunch on Day 1 to Breakfast on the Final Day
Not Included: Passport Fees, Visa Fees, Transportation to and from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), Alcoholic Beverages, Personal Items
From: Philadelphia, PA
Participant Minimum: 3
Participant Limit: 5
Activity Level: Moderate
Deposit: $1,000 per person is required to hold your spot on this tour (with your registartion form)

Balance: Due by November 3, 2018


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To book your space on the tour, please contact us at sabrewingtours@gmail.com.

Tour Leader
Sabrewing Owner and Photography Expert Brian Zwiebel

spent learning when, why, and how to work in manual exposure mode while practicing on relatively tame Canvasback, Lesser Scaup, American Wigeon, and more.  We will have ample opportunities to photograph these birds in flight and on the water. 


Day 3, February 19: Cambridge, MD and Transfer to Barnegat Light, NJ

After another full day of honing our waterfowl techniques in Maryland, we will transfer to Barnegat Light, New Jersey in order to be in position for new and exciting photography opportunities the following morning.


Day 4 - 6, February 20-23: Barnegat Light, NJ

Weather conditions will be evaluated each morning and regularly after that. We will be striving to take the greatest advantage of all opportunities. We have contracted with a licensed local guide to take us via boat to areas that will offer a totally new experience even for shooters familiar with the famed Barnegat jetty.


Day 7, February 24:  Morning departure, transfer to Philadelphia for our return flights

Equipment:  Do bring your longest telephoto lens and matching teleconverters.  A 500mm or 600mm lens is preferred but a 400mm lenses on one of the small sensor cameras will provide ample magnification for a number of opportunities.  In fact, a 400mm lens is recommended for hand holding your flight shots from the boat.  If your longest lens is a 400mm then you likely are used to having your subject a little smaller in the frame.  We will discuss how to make pleasing compositions when the subject is not frame filling.  A wider lens will come in handy for the occasional scenic image but the primary focus will be on the birds.  Chest waders are highly recommended for this tour as we will have the opportunity to get into the water with the ducks.  We will be happy to provide suggestions as to which style might be best for you.


Physical Activity: Walking in waders takes some getting used to.  It is a longish walk out the jetty at Barnegat and the rocks can at times be slippery.  We will be there to help you traverse the walk as safely as possible and slow and steady wins the race.  A number of previous clients have had some nervousness with their physical abilities.  With our help each has left proud of their efforts and with new found confidence in their abilities.  Some shorebirds and songbirds as well as the occasional duck or loon may be photographed quite close to the road.  This workshop may not be for you if you have knee or back problems or otherwise have difficulty with off trail walking while carrying your camera gear.


Daily Schedule: Weather conditions will be evaluated each morning and regularly after that.  When the weather is good we will have a quick breakfast and plan to be on site to take full advantage of the morning light.  Our lunch breaks will be taken close to our shooting locations so we can get back to shooting since the winter light can be good most of the day.  Evenings come early so our dinners will be more leisurely.  There will be ample time to relax, download cards and recharge our batteries.