A Bird Photography Workshop
Green Valley, Arizona
Instructor: Alan Murphy


May 14-17, 2022 3 OPENINGS
May 19-22, 2022

Cost: $5,200
Limited to 5 Participants
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This workshop is not only about learning how to get birds to land on that perfect perch, but you will also get lots of action images and birds in flight. You will learn how to best utilize feeders, ponds, and bird calls to bring species in, and then how to control the situation to get that stunning portrait with the intimate pose. There is plenty of room for many photographers, but I will only be working with 5 participants so each will receive personalized and focused attention.

    • How to locate certain species.
    • How to get birds to land where you want them to.
    • How to search for and select the appropriate perch.
    • How to place the perch in relation to the background and sun direction.
    • How to dress up the perches to match the bird’s habitat.
    • How to work a feeder and water drip to their best advantage.
    • How to get stunning images of songbirds in flight
    • All the tips and tricks that bring a stunning image together.

    We have two amazing locations on private property with a lot of species that are constantly active in front of the blinds. Land owner Dano Grayson danograyson.com is a photographer himself and knows what bird photographers want to see in the viewfinder. He has setup the most amazing blinds with the right combination of habitat, water and food and backgrounds. We will be photographing ground birds like Gamble's Quail, Curved-billed Thrasher and Towhees. Perching birds like Phainopepla, Hooded Oriole, 4 species of Woodpecker, Wrens, Doves, Finches etc. You will also bring home a full portfolio of Greater Roadrunner images, including flight. One afternoon session we will photograph a variety of snake species and Gila Monster


We will meet at the Hotel the evening before the workshop for a pre-workshop get together. This will be followed by an intense four days of photography and instruction, with breaks in the mid day hours to review images or just relax.

The workshop locations are just 15 minutes from the Hotel. Green valley is just thirty minutes south of Tucson.

Workshop fees include personalized instruction, fees for the exclusive use of the Elephant Head location and permits for use on the Mount Hopkins location in the Santa Rita mountains, unlimited drinking water, use of all blinds and lunch every day.

The workshop fees do not include evening activity with the bats or evening meals.

Most of the species are small birds, so a minimum of a 400 MM lens is required to get the most from this workshop.

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Possible Species with expected species in bold

Gambel's Quail

Wild Turkey

Greater Roadrunner

Canyon Towhee

Cactus Wren

Curve-billed Thrasher

Brown-crested Flycatcher

Ash-throated Flycatcher

White-winged Dove

Mourning Dove


Lucy's Warbler

Varied Bunting

Broad-billed Hummingbird

Anna's Hummingbird

Rivoli's Hummingbird

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Acorn Woodpecker

Arizona Woodpecker

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Gila Woodpecker

Gilded Flicker

Western screech-Owl

Elf Owl

Whiskered screech- Owl

Bell's Vireo

Mexican Jay

Bridled Titmouse


White-breasted Nuthatch

Cactus Wren


Painted Redstart

Rufus-winged Sparrow

Rufus-crowned Sparrow

Hepatic Tanager

Scott's Oriole

Northern Cardinal


Black-headed Grosbeak

Hooded Oriole

Bullock's Oriole

Scott's Oriole



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