$2500 Price Reduction. 5DS R/100-400 II Flight. Extraordinary or Ordinary? « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

$2500 Price Reduction. 5DS R/100-400 II Flight. Extraordinary or Ordinary?

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I was shocked on Tuesday morning to learn of the death of environmental photographer and friend Gary Braasch who was never without his great, somewhat wistful smile. Gary was snorkeling at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef documenting climate change with his camera. Gary’s death hit me particularly hard as he was 70; I will be getting to that milestone soon… Learn more here.

I learned on Tuesday that South Georgia BAA group veteran Aravind Krishnaswamy’s Canon 300mm f/2.8 IS II lens in like-new condition sold for the asking price ($4,749) in early March and that the sale of Robert Doster’s Canon EOS 7D is pending. You can see all current listings by clicking here or by clicking on the Used Photo Gear tab now on the the left side of the second yellow-orange menu bar at the top of each blog post.

I fly to San Diego this Friday and am hoping to undergo green light laser prostate surgery the following Friday.

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Price Reduced $2500

Japan In Winter IPT. February 9-24, 2017: $11,499 (was $13,999)/double occupancy.

Price Reduced $2,500 on 3-8-16!

Please e-mail for couple and IPT repeat customer discount information.

As I really, really want to make it back to Japan in winter one more time, I decided to lower the price of the world’s best Japan in Winter trip by $2,500. Yes my trip has three great leaders including the best bird photography instructor on the planet. That’s the guy who knows where to be when and why. And yes, it is now a bit more expensive than most. And yes, we stay at a fine hotel in Tokyo. And yes, we stay in a marvelous traditional hotel for our three nights at the Snow Monkey Park. And yes, we are perfectly located on Hokkaido, minutes from the premier Red-crowned Crane sanctuary and an easy drive to most of the other wondrous avian attractions. And yes, we enjoy home cooked breakfasts and dinners prepared by Shinobu, the wife of our local Japanese guide. She is an incredible chef. After three visits her meals are now traditional Japanese fine-tuned for the American palate. And yes, my tour is longer than the others, giving us many days with the cranes. I saw one trip with only two days of crane photography; what a bummer. End each day with a traditional onsen (hot springs mineral bath) to complete your immersion in Japanese culture.

Life is short. I hope that you can join me. Scroll down for details.


This image was created on the recently concluded 2015 Japan in Winter IPT with the hand held Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens (at 300mm) and the mega mega-pixel Canon EOS 5DS R. ISO 500. Evaluative metering +2 stops off the sky: 1/3200 sec. at f/5.6. AWB.

Center AF Point/AI Servo Expand Shutter Button AF was active at the moment of exposure (as is always best when hand holding). Click on the image to see a larger version.

Steller’s Sea-eagle braking to land

More from the Great Wall of Japan…

We enjoyed a breath-taking morning of photography on our second sea-eagle sailing on February 22, 2016. If you missed the original blog post you can read all about it here.

Extraordinary or Ordinary?

Is this image extraordinary or ordinary? Please leave a comment and let us know your thoughts. And please let us know why.


Consider joining me in Japan in February, 2017, for the world’s best Japan in Winter workshop. Click on the card to enjoy the spectacular larger version.

Japan In Winter IPT. February 9-24, 2017: $11,499 (was $13,999)/double occupancy.

Price Reduced $2,500 on 3-8-16!

All lodging including the Tokyo hotel on 9 FEB, all breakfasts & dinners, ground transport and transfers including bus to the monkey park hotel, and all entrance fees and in-country flights are included. Not included: international flights, all lunches–most are on the run, and alcoholic beverages.

Please e-mail for couple and IPT repeat customer discount information.

This trip is one day longer than the great 2014 trip to allow for more flexibility, more time with the cranes, and most importantly, more time for landscape photography. Hokkaido is gorgeous. You will enjoy tons of pre-trip planning and gear advice, in-the-field instruction and guidance, at-the-lodge Photoshop and image review sessions in addition to short introductory slide programs for each of the amazing locations. Skilled photographer Paul McKenzie handles the logistics and we enjoy the services of Japan’s best wildlife photography guide whom I affectionately call “Hokkaido Bear.” His network of local contacts and his knowledge of the weather, the area, and the birds is unparalleled and enables him to have us in the best location every day.


Amazing subjects. Beautiful settings. Nonstop action and unlimited opportunities. Join me.

The Logistics

Arrive Tokyo: 9 FEB 2017 the latest. 8 FEB is safer and gives you a day to get acclimated to the time change. Your hotel room for the night of the 9th is covered.

Bus Travel to Monkey Park Hotel: 10 FEB: A 1/2 DAY of monkey photography is likely depending on our travel time… This traditional hotel is first class all the way. Our stay includes three ten course Japanese dinners; these sumptuous meals will astound you and delight your taste buds. There are many traditional hot springs mineral baths (onsens) on site in this 150 year old hotel.

Full Day snow monkeys: FEB 11.

Full Day snow monkeys: FEB 12.

13 FEB: Full travel day to Hokkaido/arrive at our lodge in the late afternoon. The lodge is wonderful. All the rooms at the lodge have beds. Bring your warm pajamas. A local onsen (hot springs bath and tubs) is available for $5 each day before dinner–when you are cold, it is the best thing since sliced bread. The home-cooked Japanese styles meals at the lodge are to die for. What’s the best news? Only a small stand of woods separates us from the very best crane sanctuary. During one big snowstorm we were the only photo group to be able to get to Tsurui Ito; we had the whole place to ourselves in perfect conditions for crane photography!

FEB 14-23: Red-crowned Crane, raptors in flight, Whooper Swans, and scenic photography. Ural Owl possible. An overnight trip to Rausu for Steller’s Sea Eagle and White-tailed Eagle photography on the tourists boats is 100% dependent on the weather, road, and sea ice conditions. Only our trip offers complete flexibility in this area. It has saved us on more than once occasion. The cost of 2 eagle-boat trips is included. If the group would like to do more than two boat trips and we all agree, there will be an additional charge for the extra trip or trips. No matter the sea ice conditions, we will do two eagle boat trips (as long as we can make the drive to Rausu; it snows a lot up there). We have never been shut out.In 2016 there was no sea ice but our guide arranged for two amazingly productive boat trips.

Lodging notes: bring your long johns for sleeping in the lodge. At the Snow Monkey Park, and in Rausu, the hotel the rooms are Japanese-style. You sleep on comfortable mats on the floor. Wi-fi is available every day of the trip.

FEB 24. Fly back to Tokyo for transfer to your airport if you are flying home that night, or, to your hotel if you are overnighting. If you need to overnight, the cost of that room is on you.


Life is short. Hop on the merry-go-round.

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To save your spot, please send your $5,000 non-refundable deposit check made out to “Birds as Art” to Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART, PO Box 7245, Indian Lake Estates, FL 33855. I do hope that you can join me for this trip of a lifetime. Do e-mail with any questions or give me a buzz at 863-692-0906.

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11 comments to $2500 Price Reduction. 5DS R/100-400 II Flight. Extraordinary or Ordinary?

  • avatar David Peake

    Extraordinary of course.
    Love the fine detail and great exposure everywhere.
    I prefer to see the head outlined against the background usually, but this works well with the eye and beak really sharp.
    I love the curled wing tips .
    Very dynamic image.
    All the best for your procedure.

  • avatar Snowdie Brown

    extraordinary! Love the way the bird pops with the gray background and the wing feathers are bent up. Unusual with the tucked talons. Looks like he’s keeping them warm! Eagles are my favorite, outside Loons.. Really enjoy reading your blog and admiring your images. Did get to see your exhibit in San Diego. Beautiful presentation.

  • avatar Rick

    Artie good luck with the procedure. Been there, done it, survived!

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Many thanks. I am of course hoping for a good result with no serious complications πŸ™‚

      How did yours work out???


  • avatar Kerry Morris

    Extraordinary photo. The positioning from lower to upper corner draws the eye right in. You can see movement in the wingtips. The sharp detail of the eye, the bill, feet, and tail feathers is amazing. I also like the movement and detail in the white feathers along the bird’s right wing. Good photo to enlarge.

  • avatar Elinor Osborn

    Extraordinary. The posture of the bird is an unusual catch with the feet tucked in and in full view. Wings are in a rarely seen position. I’ve never seen a properly exposed bird with a gray sky behind it as this is. The whites and yellows glow. And they stand out as I don’t think they would with a white sky background. Gorgeous detail as well. Was there ice or snow reflecting light up onto the bird?

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Many thanks. Yes to the light bouncing off the snow acting as a giant reflector. You should join me next year πŸ™‚ a

  • avatar Nikhil

    Extraordinary. The light grey background with the birds white highlights and darker shades blend really well.