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Songbirds of Northern NJ/PA


If you’d like to try your hand at songbird photography or hone your compositional skills, why not do so with a little guidance. This Spring, join BCC's Matt Malwitz, for this in-the-field photography workshop. This won't be your typical "point and shoot" type of shoot either. During this outing, we'll discuss how to find and identify songbirds, how to approach and move around wildlife, and different photographic techniques, all while capturing beautiful images of the birds!

Our goal will be to capture stunning images of two or three species, prioritizing quality shots over quantity of birds. We won't get good looks at everything, but that's all part of the challenge. As the saying goes, "if it were easy, everyone would do it". So, why not give bird photography a chance. Spaces are limited, so choose your date soon.

*This workshop is available as a 1-on-1, OR, as a small group (up to 2 persons)

*Workshop includes 4-hours in-the-field instruction

*Check dates at the link below  

Songbirds of Northern NJ/PA

Each Spring, songbirds return to their breeding ranges in North America. Many find their way to the Northeastern U.S. where birders and photographers alike flock to city parks to catch a glimpse of these colorful birds. While these locations make for easier sightings, they’re not always ideal for photography.

That is why I find and photograph them in their preferred nesting habitat. Here, males lay claim to territory by singing from select perches to attract mates and thwart other males. They do all of this in a fairly confined area, where they're movements and behaviors can become predictable to the observational birder. This is where Matt photographs them.

Join Matt in the forests of Northern New Jersey and Pennsylvania for a chance to photograph these birds at their best. During this outing, you'll photograph these birds as they defend territory, forage, and interact with their environments. Our goal is to capture quality images over quantity, so we'll prioritize a few individual species.

This workshop starts just before sunrise.

Workshop Includes:

- 4-hour in-the-field instruction  

(Additional hour(s) of instruction = $75.00 per.)


Northwestern NJ/Northeastern PA

(Exact location provided upon booking)

What We May See (Some are location specific):

  • American Redstart
  • Black and White Warbler
  • Ovenbird
  • Louisiana Waterthrush
  • Northern Parula
  • Hooded Warbler
  • Prairie Warbler
  • Blue-winged Warbler
  • Black-throated Green Warbler
  • Blackburnian Warbler
  • Cerulean Warbler
  • Chestnut-sided
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler
  • Canada Warbler
  • Magnolia Warbler
  • Indigo Bunting
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • Eastern Towhee
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • American Goldfinch
  • Veery

What to bring:

Camera Gear:

  • Camera and lens of choice. Lens should be 300mm or longer.
  • Extra batteries and memory cards.
  • Support if needed. Tripod or monopod.
  • Rain protection (for the camera and you!)
  • Comfortable camera bag (if you're up for a hike)

Non-photography Gear:

  • Good hiking boots (waterproof)
  • Clothes you won't mind getting dirty
  • Food and water
  • Insect Repellent (Deet spray or Permethrin treated clothing)

*We cannot guarantee any particular bird. We will do what we can to capture images of a particular species, 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

Check our current offering of Bergen County Camera Classes.
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