Utah Winter Raptors
Trip Dates: TBA, Early February 2018
From: Provo, Utah
Leaders: John Crawley, Matthew Studebaker
Target Group Size: 4 photographers
Utah hosts a higher raptor density in the winter than anywhere I have ever seen by far. It's common to find over a hundred raptors per day, representing 10+ species. Drive the agricultural fields beneath the mountains and explore the canyons as we search for photo opportunities with these amazing birds.
Travel considerations: Fly to Salt Lake City
Equipment: I recommend bringing a digital SLR with matching lens. On this workshop, the longer your lens the easier it will be to make outstanding photos. Although sometimes the birds come close enough for something as short as a 400mm, most of the time they feel more comfortable when photographers use something in the 500-800mm range.
Likely Species on the trip. Species in bold will be the easiest/most common -
- Bald Eagle
- Northern Harrier
- Cooper's Hawk
- Red-tailed Hawk
- Ferruginous Hawk
- Rough-legged Hawk
- American Kestrel
- Prairie Falcon
- Western Screech-Owl
- Northern Pygmy-Owl
- Long-eared Owl
- Barn Owl
What to pack
- Warm winter boots
- Jacket for cold weather
- Hat and gloves and something to protect your neck and face from wind
Camera Gear. Bring your longest lens, a landscape lens, and if you have room something in the 200 – 400mm range as well.
Cell Phones and Internet: The hotels all have wifi. We should also have phone reception most of the time in the field.
Weather and Schedule:
Be prepared for temperatures between 5 and 45 degrees fahrenheit. We will use as much photograph-able light as we can each day, shooting sunrise through 10am, and 3pm to sunset, and even use mid-day light during overcast conditions.
Transportation: We will drive as a group in a full-sized van.
More information to be provided about where to stay upon signing up for the trip. Hotel costs are not included in the photo tour fee.
Meals: This trip takes place near civilization so we'll have plenty of restaurant options.