Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART
September 4th, 2021

If and When Photoshop Goes Haywire ...

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What’s Up?

It was Saturday 4 September 2021 when I hit Publish on this post. It subsequently and inexplicably disappeared over night. None-the-less, the streak remains intact. It was another cool day here on Long Island, much more like early November than early September. I vacuumed the sand out of my X5 and washed the mats from too many trips to Nickerson. I will be on the Auto Train headed home on 13 September. Wherever you were, and whatever you were doing, I hope that you too had a great day.

Remember that you can find some great photo accessories (and necessities!) on Amazon by clicking on the Stuff tab on the orange/yellow menu bar above. On a related note, it would be extremely helpful if blog-folks like me, who spend too much money on Amazon, would get in the habit of clicking on the Amazon logo link on the right side of each blog post when they shop online. As you might expect, doing so will not cost you a single penny, but would be appreciated tremendously by yours truly. And doing so works seamlessly with your Amazon Prime account.

This blog post took only about a few minutes to prepare and (almost) makes 247 consecutive days with a new one. Please remember that if an item — a Delkin flash card, or a tripod head — for example, that is available from B&H and/or Bedfords, is also available in the BAA Online Store, it would be great, and greatly appreciated, if you would opt to purchase from us. We will match any price. Please remember also to use my B&H affiliate links or to save 3% at Bedfords by using the BIRDSASART discount code at checkout for your major gear purchases. Doing either often earns you free guides and/or discounts. And always earns my great appreciation.

Selling Your Used Photo Gear Through BIRDS AS ART

Please know that the longer you wait to sell your used gear, the less you will get for it …

Selling your used (or like-new) photo gear through the BAA Blog is a great idea. We charge only a 5% commission. One of the more popular used gear for sale sites charged a minimum of 20%. Plus assorted fees! Yikes. They went out of business. And e-Bay fees are now up to 13%. The minimum item price here is $500 (or less for a $25 fee). If you are interested please scroll down here or shoot us an e-mail with the words Items for Sale Info Request cut and pasted into the Subject line :). Stuff that is priced fairly — I offer pricing advice to those who agree to the terms — usually sells in no time flat. Over the past year, we have sold many dozens of items. Do know that prices on some items like the EOS-1D Mark IV, the old Canon 100-400, the old 500mm, the EOS-7D and 7D Mark II and the original 400mm DO lens have been dropping steadily. Most recently the price of used Canon 600mm f/L IS II lenses have been dropping like a rock with the introduction of the 600 III. You can always see the current listings by clicking here or on the Used Photo Gear tab on the orange-yellow menu bar near the top of each blog post page.

Right now, there are lots of great buys on the Used Gear Page.

Recent Sales

Wally Barkley sold his Sony a9 II in near-mint condition for a BAA record-low $2494.00 (was $2694.00) in mid-August 2021.
IPT veteran Sheldon Goldstein sold his Canon EOS-1DX Mark II camera body in like-new condition originally listed for $2,199.00 and his Canon EF 100-400m f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM zoom lens in excellent condition originally listed for $1499.00 to a single buyer for $3500.00 in late August 2021.
Long-time-ago South Georgia shipmate Asta Tobiassen sold his Canon EF 500m f/4 L IS II USM lens in excellent condition for a very low $4999.00, a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens with the Canon Tripod Mount Ring B (a $149.95 value) in near-mint condition for the very low price of $299.00, a Canon EF 1.4X II teleconverter for a very low $129.00 and a Canon EF 2X III teleconverter for a very low $429.00, all in late August 2021.
Paul Sher sold his Nikon AF-S VR Micro Nikkor 105mm F2.8 G IF-ED in like new condition for $496.95 in mid-August.
BAA friend Ron Horn sold his Canon EOS-1DX II in excellent plus condition for the BAA record low price of $2099.00 (was $2199.00) soon after it was list ing in early august 2021.

Please Remember

With income from IPTs now close to zero, please, if you enjoy and learn from the blog, remember to use one of my two affiliate programs when purchasing new gear. Doing so just might make it possible for me to avoid having to try to get a job as a Walmart greeter and will not cost you a single penny more. And if you use Bedfords and remember to enter the BIRDSASART code at checkout, you will save 3% on every order and enjoy free second-day air shipping. In these crazy times — I am out at least forty to sixty thousand dollars so far due to COVID 19 (with lots more to come) — remembering to use my B&H link or to shop at Bedfords will help me out a ton and be greatly appreciated. Overseas folks who cannot order from the US because of import fees, duties, and taxes, are invited to help out by clicking here to leave a blog thank you gift if they see fit.

New and Better Bedfords Discount Policy!

You can now save 3% on all of your Bedfords photo gear purchases by entering the BIRDSASART coupon code at checkout. Your discount will be applied to your pre-tax total. In addition, by using the code you will get 2nd day air shipping via Fed Ex.

Grab a Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III and save $14.99. Purchase a Canon EOS R5 and your discount will be $116.97. Purchase a Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS lens and save a remarkable $389.94! Your Bedford’s purchase no longer needs to be greater than $1,000.00 for you to receive a discount. The more you spend, the more you save.

Money Saving Reminder

Many have learned that if you need a hot photo item that is out of stock at B&H and would enjoy free second-day air shipping, your best bet is to click here, place an order with Bedfords, and enter the coupon code BIRDSASART at checkout. If an item is out of stock, contact Steve Elkins via e-mail or on his cell phone at (479) 381-2592 (Central time). Be sure to mention the BIRDSASART coupon code and use it for your online order to save 3% and enjoy free 2nd-day air shipping. Steve has been great at getting folks the hot items that are out of stock at B&H and everywhere else. The wait lists at the big stores can be a year or longer for the hard to get items. Steve will surely get you your gear long before that. For the past year, he has been helping BAA Blog folks get their hands on items like the SONY a9 ii, the SONY 200-600 G OSS lens, the Canon EOS R5, the Canon RF 100-500mm lens, and the Nikon 500mm PF. Steve is personable, helpful, and eager to please.



Gear Questions and Advice

Too many folks attending BAA IPTs (remember those?) and dozens of photographers whom I see in the field and on BPN, are–out of ignorance–using the wrong gear, especially when it comes to tripods and more especially, tripod heads… Please know that I am always glad to answer your gear questions via e-mail.

Resetting Photoshop Preferences Cut and Paste thanks to Ellen Anon

If and When Photoshop Goes Haywire …

For several days my copy of Adobe Photoshop 22.4.3 Release was behaving as if it were on crack. When a tif file opened after a raw conversion, the whole screen turned a bright, fluorescent green. Then when I would hit a few keys to reduce the size of the “image,” I could see the photo. But if I tried to use the crop tool, or, God forbid, the Content-Aware Crop Tool, I was unable to do so as the bright, fluorescent green screen would take control again.

I was very leery about doing a complete Uninstall/Reinstall as I am often terrified of making technological changes. So I called my old friend, Photoshop expert and former IPT co-leader Ellen Anon. She suggested that resetting my Photoshop preferences might help … I waited a day before deciding to chance even that.But then I got my courage up. First, I photographed all of the Preferences screens with my cell phone. Then I followed the instructions above. I re-opened Photoshop, converted a single image, and –hooray!, the fluorescent green monster was gone. And has remained gone. Thanks you Ellen.

Then I went through the cell phone photos and reset the few items that did not match the defaults. All is well with the world. Friends are a good thing. If you’ve ever had anything similar happen, please share by leaving a comment.

Typos

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September 3rd, 2021

So What is Clemens Van der Werf Doing Now?

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What’s Up?

I spent more than a few hours preparing the 3rd Create BIRDS AS ART at Fort DeSoto in Fall YouTube video. It features all new birds and lots of great info. It is truly amazing at how much can be packed into a nine minute video. Eleven years ago, Clemens Van der Werf came on his first IPT with zero interest in bird photography. Keep reading to see what happened between then and now.

And then consider how joining me on an IPT just might change your life. You can see the current IPT schedule (and future IPTs as well) by clicking here.

Today is Friday 3 September 2021. It was another cool and windy day here on Long Island. Wherever you are, and whatever you are doing, I hope that you too have a great day.

Remember that you can find some great photo accessories (and necessities!) on Amazon by clicking on the Stuff tab on the orange/yellow menu bar above. On a related note, it would be extremely helpful if blog-folks like me, who spend too much money on Amazon, would get in the habit of clicking on the Amazon logo link on the right side of each blog post when they shop online. As you might expect, doing so will not cost you a single penny, but would be appreciated tremendously by yours truly. And doing so works seamlessly with your Amazon Prime account.

This blog post took only about an hour to prepare and makes 246 consecutive days with a new one. Please remember that if an item — a Delkin flash card, or a tripod head — for example, that is available from B&H and/or Bedfords, is also available in the BAA Online Store, it would be great, and greatly appreciated, if you would opt to purchase from us. We will match any price. Please remember also to use my B&H affiliate links or to save 3% at Bedfords by using the BIRDSASART discount code at checkout for your major gear purchases. Doing either often earns you free guides and/or discounts. And always earns my great appreciation.

Selling Your Used Photo Gear Through BIRDS AS ART

Selling your used (or like-new) photo gear through the BAA Blog is a great idea. We charge only a 5% commission. One of the more popular used gear for sale sites charged a minimum of 20%. Plus assorted fees! Yikes. They went out of business. And e-Bay fees are now up to 13%. The minimum item price here is $500 (or less for a $25 fee). If you are interested please scroll down here or shoot us an e-mail with the words Items for Sale Info Request cut and pasted into the Subject line :). Stuff that is priced fairly — I offer pricing advice to those who agree to the terms — usually sells in no time flat. Over the past year, we have sold many dozens of items. Do know that prices on some items like the EOS-1D Mark IV, the old Canon 100-400, the old 500mm, the EOS-7D and 7D Mark II and the original 400mm DO lens have been dropping steadily. Most recently the price of used Canon 600mm f/L IS II lenses have been dropping like a rock with the introduction of the 600 III. You can always see the current listings by clicking here or on the Used Photo Gear tab on the orange-yellow menu bar near the top of each blog post page.

As used gear sales have slowed just a bit in recent months — especially with dSLR bodies, there are lots of great buys right now both below and on the Used Gear Page.

Recent Sales

Wally Barkley sold his Sony a9 II in near-mint condition for a BAA record-low $2494.00 (was $2694.00) in mid-August 2021.
IPT veteran Sheldon Goldstein sold his Canon EOS-1DX Mark II camera body in like-new condition originally listed for $2,199.00 and his Canon EF 100-400m f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM zoom lens in excellent condition originally listed for $1499.00 to a single buyer for $3500.00 in late August 2021.
Long-time-ago South Georgia shipmate Asta Tobiassen sold his Canon EF 500m f/4 L IS II USM lens in excellent condition for a very low $4999.00, a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens with the Canon Tripod Mount Ring B (a $149.95 value) in near-mint condition for the very low price of $299.00, a Canon EF 1.4X II teleconverter for a very low $129.00 and a Canon EF 2X III teleconverter for a very low $429.00, all in late August 2021.
Paul Sher sold his Nikon AF-S VR Micro Nikkor 105mm F2.8 G IF-ED in like new condition for $496.95 in mid-August.
BAA friend Ron Horn sold his Canon EOS-1DX II in excellent plus condition for the BAA record low price of $2099.00 (was $2199.00) soon after it was list ing in early august 2021.

Nikon Coolscan 5000 ED Slide Scanner

Alice Garland is offering a Nikon Coolscan 5000 ED Slide Scanner in like-new condition for the BIRDS AS ART record-low price of $899.00. The scanner is still supported by the VueScan and Silverfast scanning software for use with current operating systems. It has many special features including Digital ICE and a special Kodachrome setting. It is likely the best slide scanner ever made. The sale includes the Nikon SA-21 35mm Strip FilmAdapter (for 2-6 frame strips), the Nikon SF 210 that holds up to 50 slides for batch processing, the two instructional books, and insured ground shipping via major courier to lower-48 US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Alice via e-mail

I owned this one years ago when I was scanning the best of my tens of thousands of slides. It did a fine job. What better way to spend your free time than bringing your best film images to life as digital files? artie

This image was created on 19 December 2013 at Brown Bluff, Antarctica. Clemens used a hand held Sigma 50-500mm lens with the Canon EOS-1D X. ISO 400: 1/800 sec. at f/13.AWB at 11:55am on blessedly cloudy day.

Adelie Penguins on Ice Blocks
Image courtesy of and copyright 2013: Clemens Van der Werf Photography

Clemens Van der Werf and BIRDS AS ART

Clemens Van der Werf attended the 2010 Southwest Florida IPT. He had no interest in nature, wildlife, or bird photography. He wanted to master the basics of photography so that he learn could make better images of sailboats and his beloved Golden Retrievers.

All in all he attended 13 BIRDS AS ART Instructional Photo-Tours:

2010 Southwest Florida IPT
2010 Nickerson Beach IPT
2010 Bosque del Apache NWR IPT
2011 San Diego IPT
2011 Homer Bald Eagle IPT
2011 Bear Boat IPT
2011 Bosque del Apache NWR IPT
2012 Southwest Florida IPT
2012 Homer Bald Eagle IPT
2012 Gatorland IPT
2012 Bear Boat IPT
2014 San Diego IPT

Along the way, some of his images have been honored in several impressive international photography competitions:

2019 Highly Honored winner – Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice International Awards – Ocean Views category
2017 Highly Honored winner – Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice International Awards – Polar Passion category
2016 Finalist – 2nd Annual Yellowstone Forever Photo Contest
2015 Highly Honored winner – Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice International Awards – Polar Passion category
2014 Highly Honored winner – Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice International Awards – Animal Antics category (two images)
2013 Highly Honored winner – Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice International Awards – Birds category
2013 3rd place – 2nd International Birds-As-Art Photography Competition – Small in the frame category
2013 Grand Prize – 2nd International Birds-As-Art Photography Competition
2012 Winner Blur category – 1st International Birds-As-Art Photography Competition
2012 Highly Honored winner – Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice International Awards – Animal Antics category
2012 Out Of The Box Image of the Year – BirdPhotograhers.Net

Today, we are good friends. We photograph together a lot, often aboard Clemens’ flats boat. We have enjoyed many fine pool deck dinners at my home at ILE. Along with some fine wine.

This image was created on 19 December 2013 at Brown Bluff, Antarctica. Clemens used a hand held Sigma 50-500mm lens with the Canon EOS-1D X. ISO 400: 1/800 sec. at f/13.AWB at 11:55am on blessedly cloudy day.

Clemens’ new print gellery
Image courtesy of and copyright 2014: Clemens Van der Werf Photography

So What is Clemens Doing Now?

Mazel tov to Clemens who very recently announced the opening of his online virtual print gallery at Shop.clemensvanderwerf.com.

The Story Behind the Photo

Adélie Penguin is one of the four penguin species in Antarctica. Adélie is the most exposed to a changing climate and the warming of the oceans. Their numbers are in steady decline due to a changing food source. Their ability to adapt quickly is far less than the Gentoo Penguin whose numbers are actually increasing.

During one of my expeditions to the frozen continent, we visited the volcanic coastline at Brown Bluff on the northern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. In the shadow of the crater wall, Gentoo and Adélie Penguins build their nests on the beach to raise a new generation. Oftentimes, high winds blow icebergs and smaller chunks of sea ice onto the beach making it difficult for the birds to reach the water for daily fishing trips. When I saw this group of Adélie penguins carefully hopping over the ice cubes, I wanted to show how they struggle to reach the ocean and positioned myself at the water’s edge to photograph them in their daily routine. Life as a penguin is tough in the harsh Antarctic environment.

Shop.clemensvanderwerf.com is the new home for his photography print work. There, you’ll find all of his available prints on a variety of media types including paper, canvas, and metal.

His new website has a Wall Preview Tool that allows folks to visualize the images hanging in a sample room. You can select the room type and even choose your paint color to get a better feel for how large a given piece should be and how it will look on your wall. Click here to try it out.

He is very excited to take a next step with his photography business, thanks to the support of his many followers. To celebrate, he is giving away a 25″ x 17″ Luster Photo Paper Print of “Adélie Penguins on Ice Cubes” (a $110.00 value).

Click here to enter. When the giveaway ends on September 10th, Clemens will offer all who’ve entered a one-time, 25% off discount on any print in the shop.

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September 2nd, 2021

Video Blog -- Part II of III: Learn to Create BIRDS AS ART at Fort DeSoto with Arthur Morris

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What’s Up?

I spent most of Thursday working on the second of a what will be a three part series. Part II is presented here today. Part III will feature all new images. With help from a friend, I am working on refining the video presentations. Though only seven minutes 27 seconds long, there is a lot to learn. Enjoy. As before, you are invited to leave a comment letting us know which single image in the video you think is the strongest, and why. Heck, pick three if you like.

I changed my Auto Train reservation and will be heading back to Florida on 13 September.

Today is Thursday 2 September. It is a cool and windy day here on Long Island. Wherever you are, and whatever you are doing, I hope that you too have a great day.

Remember that you can find some great photo accessories (and necessities!) on Amazon by clicking on the Stuff tab on the orange/yellow menu bar above. On a related note, it would be extremely helpful if blog-folks like me, who spend too much money on Amazon, would get in the habit of clicking on the Amazon logo link on the right side of each blog post when they shop online. As you might expect, doing so will not cost you a single penny, but would be appreciated tremendously by yours truly. And doing so works seamlessly with your Amazon Prime account.

This blog post took only about four hours to prepare (including the time spent on creating the video) and makes 245 consecutive days with a new one. Please remember that if an item — a Delkin flash card, or a tripod head — for example, that is available from B&H and/or Bedfords, is also available in the BAA Online Store, it would be great, and greatly appreciated, if you would opt to purchase from us. We will match any price. Please remember also to use my B&H affiliate links or to save 3% at Bedfords by using the BIRDSASART discount code at checkout for your major gear purchases. Doing either often earns you free guides and/or discounts. And always earns my great appreciation.

Learn to Create BIRDS AS ART at Fort DeSoto with Arthur Morris

Click on the square brackets in the lower right to view the fulls green video. Then enjoy this less than eight minute video. Then let us know your favorite single image. Or, your three favorite images. Also, please consider sharing a link to this blog post and the video with a friend or with your photography club.

Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel by clicking here.

I will be doing lots more videos in the coming days, weeks, and months. You can see my previous YouTube videos here.

Please Remember

With income from IPTs now close to zero, please, if you enjoy and learn from the blog, remember to use one of my two affiliate programs when purchasing new gear. Doing so just might make it possible for me to avoid having to try to get a job as a Walmart greeter and will not cost you a single penny more. And if you use Bedfords and remember to enter the BIRDSASART code at checkout, you will save 3% on every order and enjoy free second-day air shipping. In these crazy times — I am out at least forty to sixty thousand dollars so far due to COVID 19 (with lots more to come) — remembering to use my B&H link or to shop at Bedfords will help me out a ton and be greatly appreciated. Overseas folks who cannot order from the US because of import fees, duties, and taxes, are invited to help out by clicking here to leave a blog thank you gift if they see fit.

New and Better Bedfords Discount Policy!

You can now save 3% on all of your Bedfords photo gear purchases by entering the BIRDSASART coupon code at checkout. Your discount will be applied to your pre-tax total. In addition, by using the code you will get 2nd day air shipping via Fed Ex.

Grab a Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III and save $14.99. Purchase a Canon EOS R5 and your discount will be $116.97. Purchase a Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS lens and save a remarkable $389.94! Your Bedford’s purchase no longer needs to be greater than $1,000.00 for you to receive a discount. The more you spend, the more you save.

Money Saving Reminder

Many have learned that if you need a hot photo item that is out of stock at B&H and would enjoy free second-day air shipping, your best bet is to click here, place an order with Bedfords, and enter the coupon code BIRDSASART at checkout. If an item is out of stock, contact Steve Elkins via e-mail or on his cell phone at (479) 381-2592 (Central time). Be sure to mention the BIRDSASART coupon code and use it for your online order to save 3% and enjoy free 2nd-day air shipping. Steve has been great at getting folks the hot items that are out of stock at B&H and everywhere else. The wait lists at the big stores can be a year or longer for the hard to get items. Steve will surely get you your gear long before that. For the past year, he has been helping BAA Blog folks get their hands on items like the SONY a9 ii, the SONY 200-600 G OSS lens, the Canon EOS R5, the Canon RF 100-500mm lens, and the Nikon 500mm PF. Steve is personable, helpful, and eager to please.



Gear Questions and Advice

Too many folks attending BAA IPTs (remember those?) and dozens of photographers whom I see in the field and on BPN, are–out of ignorance–using the wrong gear, especially when it comes to tripods and more especially, tripod heads… Please know that I am always glad to answer your gear questions via e-mail.


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Fort DeSoto in fall is rife with tame birds. All of the images in this card were created at Fort DeSoto in either late September or very early October. I hope that you can join me there this fall. Click on the composite to enjoy a larger version.

Clockwise from upper left to center: Long-billed Curlew, Marbled Godwit, Caspian Tern, Great Egret, Sandwich Tern with fish, Willet, Black-bellied Plover threat display, Snowy Egret, 2-year old Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron, juvenile Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron.

The Fall 2021 Fort DeSoto Instructional Photo-Tours

Fall 2021 Fort DeSoto Instructional Photo-Tour #1

3 1/2 Days: Sunday 19 September through the morning session on Wednesday 22 September 2021. $1999.00 includes three working lunches. Limit six photographers.

Fall 2021 Fort DeSoto Instructional Photo-Tour #2

3 1/2 Days: Tuesday 5 October through the morning session on Friday 8 October. $1999.00 includes three working lunches. Limit six photographers.

Fall 2021 Fort DeSoto Instructional Photo-Tour #3

3 1/2 Days: Tuesday 19 October through the morning session on Friday 22 October. $1999.00 includes three working lunches. Limit six photographers.

Fort DeSoto, located just south of St. Petersburg, FL, is a mecca for migrant shorebirds and terns in fall. There they join hundreds of egrets, herons, night-herons, and gulls that winter on the T-shaped peninsula. With any luck at all, we should get to photograph one of Florida’s most desirable shorebird species: Marbled Godwit. Black-bellied Plover and Willet are easy, American Oystercatcher is pretty much guaranteed. Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Great Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, and White Ibis are easy as well and we will almost surely come up with a tame Yellow-crowned Night-Heron or two. And we will get to do some Brown Pelican flight photography. In addition, Royal, Sandwich, Forster’s, and Caspian Terns will likely provide us with some good flight opportunities as well. Though not guaranteed, Roseate Spoonbill and Wood Stork might well be expected. And we will be on the lookout for a migrant passerine fallout in the event of a thunderstorm or two.

On this IPT, all will learn the basics and fine points of digital exposure. Nikon and Canon folks and to get the right exposure every time after making a single test exposure, and SONY folks will learn to use Zebras so that they can be sure of making excellent exposures before pressing the shutter button.. Everyone will learn how to approach free and wild birds without disturbing them, to understand and predict bird behavior, to identify many species of shorebirds, to spot the good situations, to choose the best perspective, to see and understand the light, and to design pleasing images by mastering your camera’s AF system. Most importantly, you will surely learn to evaluate wind and sky conditions and understand how they affect bird photography. And you will learn how and why to work in Manual mode (even if you’re scared of it). The best news is that you will be able to take everything you learn home with you so that you will be a better photographer wherever and whenever you photograph.

There will be a Photoshop/image review session during or after lunch (included) each full day. That will be followed by Instructor Nap Time.

This IPT will run with only a single registrant (though that is not likely to happen). The best airport is Tampa (TPA). Once you register, you will receive an e-mail with Gulfport AirBnB information.

A $500 deposit is due when you sign up and is payable by credit card. Balances must be paid by check after you register. Your deposit is non-refundable unless the IPT sells out with six folks, so please check your plans carefully before committing. You can register by calling Jim or Jennifer during weekday business hours at 863-692-0906 with a credit card in hand, or by sending a check as follows: make the check out to: BIRDS AS ART and send it via US mail here: BIRDS AS ART, PO BOX 7245, Indian Lake Estates, FL 33855. You will receive a confirmation e-mail with detailed instructions, clothing, and gear advice. Please shoot me an e-mail if you plan to register or if you have any questions.


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Obviously folks attending the IPT will be out in the field early and stay late to take advantage of sunrise and sunset colors. The good news is that the days are relatively short in late September. Click on the composite to enjoy a larger version.

Clockwise from upper left to center: Long-billed Curlew, juvenile Tricolored Heron, Marbled Godwits, Great Blue Heron, juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper, Wood Stork, smiling Sea Scallop, Ruddy Turnstone scavenging needlefish, Great Blue Heron sunset silhouette at my secret spot, and southbound migrant tern flock blur.

Early and Late

Getting up early and staying out late is pretty much a staple on all BIRDS AS ART Instructional Photo-Tours. Being in the field well before the sun comes up (if possible) and staying out until sunset will often present unique photographic opportunities, opportunities that will be missed by those who need their beauty rest. I really love it when I am leaving the beach on a sunny morning after a great session just as a carful or two of well-rested photographers are arriving.


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BAA Site Guides are the next best thing to being on an IPT

Clockwise from upper left to center: Breeding plumage Dunlin, breeding plumage dark morph Reddish Egret displaying, breeding plumage Laughing Gull, breeding plumage Laughing Gull with fish, Laughing Gull on pelican’s head, screaming Royal Tern, Royal Terns copulating, Laughing Gulls copulating, Laughing Gull head portrait, breeding plumage Sandwich Tern with fish, and a very rare-in-Florida, breeding plumage White-rumped Sandpiper.

Fort DeSoto Site Guide

Can’t make the IPT? Get yourself a copy of the Fort DeSoto Site Guide. Learn the best spots, where to be when in what season in what weather. Learn the best wind directions for the various locations. BAA Site Guides are the next best thing to being on an IPT. You can see all of our Site Guides here.

Typos

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