Birds of Southern California

A Bird Photography Workshop
Santa Barbara County, California

Instructors: Alan Murphy & Brian Small


Nov 10 - 13, 2020 SOLD OUT

Nov 15 - 18, 2020 SOLD OUT

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Cost: $4400.00
Repeat customers inquire about discount

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This workshop is limited to just five photographers with two instructors, so each will receive personalized and focused attention.

This workshop is based on a private 1500 acre ranch owned by birders who have been attracting birds for many years.

The ranch owner feeds the birds daily year round so the activity at the blinds is very busy. This is an excellent location to get some of the California specialties, such as Yellow-billed Magpie, Band-tailed Pigeon, California Thrasher, Nuttall's Woodpecker and many others. This workshop will be designed to target each species and work the situation to get the ultimate image of that bird. There are many different ways to control the setup for each species and you will take away the knowledge of these techniques to use wherever you shoot around the country.


Three mornings photographing birds at setups coming to feeders and a water drip

One morning photographing birds in flight such as Yellow-billed Magpies, Band-tailed Pigeons, etc.

One afternoon at a nearby beach photographing a variety of bird species.

One afternoon in the hills photographing resident species such as thrashers, towhees, etc.

One afternoon photographing California Quail and more on setups

One afternoon attempting for Golden Eagle

Workshop fee includes lunch, personalized instruction, ranch access fees, unlimited drinking water, use of the blinds, bait and feed.

Workshop fee does not include air fare, accommodations, evening meals or car rentals.



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Possible species with expected birds in bold


Lesser Goldfinch

Lawrence's Goldfinch

Pine Siskin

Oak Titmouse

Wild Turkey

California Thrasher

California Towhee

Spotted Towhee

White-crowned Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Rufous-crowned Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

California Quail

Golden Eagle

Brown Pelican

White Pelican

Snowy Plover

Western Grebe

California Gull

Western Gull

Heermann's Gull

Mew Gull

Bonaparte's Gull

Yellow-billed Magpie

Band-tailed Pigeon

Eurasian Collared - Dove

Western Bluebird



White-breasted Nuthatch

Anna's Hummingbird

Cassin's Kingbird

Western Scrub - Jay

Acorn Woodpecker

Nuttall's Woodpecker









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