Trekabout Photography Workshops - Eleven Day Flinders Ranges - Gluepot - Bird and Nature Photography Tour and Workshop with Dick Jenkin and Mark Rayner
Workshops, Tours, Adventures with AIPP* Accredited Professional Photographer Mark Rayner and the Dream Team
When: 7 - 17 May 2023
Where: Flinders Ranges and Gluepot Reserve
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Join experienced professional travel photographer and bird photography expert Mark Rayner on a bird and nature photography adventure not to be missed.
Itinerary and Program of Events
Arrive at Adelaide Hotel, meet and greet at 5 P.M. over drinks and dinner.
Depart from Adelaide Hotel at 8 AM and travel to Monarto Zoo, an amazing open plan zoo, one of the largest in the world, where we will have plenty of opportunities for bird and animal photography, including many African animals and the beautifully marked Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby.
In the afternoon we will head to Waikerie in the Murray Riverland country where we will spend the next 4 nights. If time permits we will stop on route at Brookfield Conservation Park for our first taste of some Mallee country birds and scenery. Brookfield was set aside for the preservation of the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat but we are unlikely to encounter one during the day.
This would be the start of many opportunities to photograph the beautiful Blue Bonnet with its subtle blue hues, the more common Australian Ringneck, and a variety of honeyeaters including the widespread Singing Honeyeater.
An early start for a full day at Gluepot Reserve, about an hour and a half drive north of Waikerie, where we will stake out some water holes and look for some of the Mallee specialty birds such as: Yellow-plumed Honeyeater, Mallee Ringneck, Black-eared Miner, Southern Scrubrobin, White-browed Treecreeper and Chestnut Quail-thrush to name but a few. The nomadic Budgerigar has been known to turn up from time to time as well. Gluepot is Birdlife Australia’s first publicly funded reserve and is around 50,000 hectares in area.
Off early again for another morning at Gluepot and in the afternoon, we may have time on our return to visit some local wetlands around Waikerie, where we will search for the cryptic skulkers such as Buff-banded Rail and Australian Spotted Crake.
We spend most of the day driving to the north-west today as we change our location to Rawnsley Park Station in the foothills of the beautiful Flinders Ranges. On route we have the opportunity to break our journey by visiting some historic towns with old buildings just waiting to be photographed.
In the evening we arrive at Rawnsley Park Station where will spend the next 4 nights. Hopefully we can recreate with our cameras what famous Australian water colour artist Sir Hans Heysen saw in the gum trees of this region.
After our travels yesterday, we will spend the day around our accommodation absorbing the amazing scenery and checking out the birdlife. The beautifully coloured Red-capped Robin will be high on our agenda.
Sunsets and sunrises will be top priority, with the amazingly coloured Flinders Ranges as our back drop.
Day 8 This morning we will travel to a great birding site in the Flinders Ranges where we hope to have a variety of birds, including another chance for Southern Scrubrobin and many honeyeater species, including the uncommon Grey-fronted Honeyeater. We will have an afternoon visit to Stokes Hill Lookout, part of Willow Springs Station for more stunning scenery and hopefully the sometimes difficult to find Short-tailed Grasswren. If time permits, we will visit some nearby ruins. If weather permits, we will finish with another awesome sunset.
Another full day to explore some of the amazing sites in the awesome Flinders Ranges, including the spectacular Brachina Gorge. “Brachina” derived from the Aboriginal word ‘vachina’, meaning cranky, refers to a mythical argument between birds over a grind stone.
Today we head south to Port Augusta where we will visit the incredible Arid Lands Botanic Gardens. Here we have opportunities for a macro photography session as well as some more amazing birds such as: White-winged Fairywren, Rufous Fieldwren, Chirruping Wedgebill and White-browed Babbler. Some local salt pans should provide an opportunity to photograph birds such as Banded Stilt, Black-winged Stilt and Red-necked Avocet.
We'll spend most of the day here making use of a number of bird hides and, tide permitting, visit the local wetlands in search of shore-birds and waders.
Overnight Port Augusta
We start our run back to Adelaide today after breakfast with drop-off to your motel or airport around lunch time.
The itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions and the co-operation of the birds.
This wonderful and varied photography tour workshop is designed to suit the beginner or serious enthusiast.
A digital SLR or mirrorless interchangeable lens camera camera is recommended. Best lenses to bring include a longer zoom or prime. Lenses such as Canon 100-400, Nikon 80-400, Tamron or Sigma 150-600 are ideal as are 400, 500 and 600 primes. 1.4x and 2x teleconverters are also very useful.
A sturdy monopod or tripod is recommended, preferably fitted with a gimbal head. In the case of a monopod, at the very least a monopod tilt head needs to be fitted. For the reptile and other animal sessions a shorter zoom or macro lens would be ideal.
A standard zoom (24-70) would also be advisable as some landscape opportunities will present. An external flash could be useful in certain circumstances.
Some of the topics that will be covered:
• Bird Photography techniques
• Best camera settings
• Exposure and metering techniques
This amazing tour always fills up quickly, so please contact Mark to secure your place and register your interest.
Cost for the 11 day tour : Twin Share $ 4990.00 per person
Single $ 5490.00 per person
$1000.00 per person deposit required to secure your position.
Please note a 3.2% surcharge applies to credit card payments
Balance payable 60 days before workshop.
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- All Dinners
- All Lunches
- All Breakfasts
- All Ground transport
- Boat Cruise fee
- Entry Fees
- Guiding and tuition
- Items of a personal nature
Travel insurance is highly recommended and remains your responsibility.