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New York Shorebird Photo Workshop


If you’d like to try your hand at shorebird photography, why not do so with a little guidance. This Summer, join me, Matt Malwitz, for an in-the-field photography workshop at Nickerson Beach.

Under an hour from metropolitan New York City, Nickerson Beach is home to a large colony of shorebirds, from American Oystercatchers to Black Skimmers.

This won't be your typical "point and shoot" type of workshop. I want to teach you a thing or two. During this outing, we'll discuss/practice how to safely approach and move around birds in a colony setting. Of course, we'll primarily cover different photographic techniques so you can walk away with great images.

New York Shorebird Photo Workshop

Our goal for this workshop will be to capture stunning images of two or three species, prioritizing quality shots over quantity of birds. I'll be shooting alongside you, so I'll be able to answer any questions you may have and help with any and all camera settings. So, why not give bird photography a chance and join me for a morning of shooting? Spaces are limited, so choose your date soon.

This workshop begins at sunrise (unless overcast), meaning we want to arrive before then as to get onto the beach for silhouette shots and pan blurs. (5:15am). This location requires walking a short distance on sand and getting low. Crawling on, or at least sitting on the sand will be required to get close enough to the birds.

*This workshop is available for small groups OR individuals

What's Inlcuded:

Workshop includes: 4-hour in-the-field instruction

(* $75 per additional hour(s) of instruction if you choose to do so) ‍


Nickerson Beach Park, Lido Beach, NY

What We're After:

- American Oystercatcher

- Black Skimmer

- Common Tern

- Laughing Gull

- Least Tern

- Herring Gull

- Piping Plover


*We cannot guarantee any particular bird. We will do everything we can to capture a variety of birds, but at the end of the day, these are wild animals. If a bird isn’t cooperating, we’ll move on to the next.

*This workshop runs rain or shine. Refunds for extreme weather and instructor cancellation only.

*You must be 18 years or older to attend this workshop

*Email Matt with any questions at matt@bergencountycamera.com

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