Tours and Workshops

 

 

Warblers and More Northwest Ohio

Dates:  Late April to mid May, call or email for availability.  419-261-1206  blzwiebel@aol.com

Fee: $225.00 per person fee includes one morning or afternoon session in the field.  A full day can be reserved for $400.00 per person with a break at mid day.  Includes field photography and at your side instruction as well as tips on the strategies I employee to photograph migrants in a variety of conditions.  Additional discounts are available for groups of two or more.

Deposit: $100.00

Target Group Size:  2-3 participants per session, larger groups can be accommodated, workshops will run with a single participant.

From: Oregon, Ohio

Leader: Brian Zwiebel

Testimonials

 

Yellow-rumped Warbler Female Ohio May Bay-breasted Warbler Male Vertical Ohio May Black and White Warbler Male Ohio May Black and White Warbler Female Horizontal Ohio May Bay-breasted Warbler Female Ohio May Blackburnian Warbler Male Willow Ohio May Black-throated Blue Warbler Singing Ohio May Blackpoll Warbler Female Ohio May Black-throated Green Warbler Ohio April Canada Warbler Male 2 Ohio May Cape May Warbler Ohio May Chestnut-sided Warbler Singing Male Ohoi May Magnolia Warbler Male Fanned Tail Ohio May Northern Parula Male Ohio May Northern Waterthrush Ohio May Palm Warbler Singing Vertical Ohio April Prothonotary Warbler Ohio May Wilsons Warbler Male Ohio May Yellow-rumped Warbler  Ohio May Yellow Warbler Male Cottonwood Ohio May American Redstart Female Ohio May American Redstart Immature Male Ohio May American Redstart Male Ohio May Bay-breasted Warbler Male Ohio May Black and White Warbler Back Ohio May Blackburnian Warbler Male 2 Ohio May Blackburnian Warbler Male Honeysuckle  Ohio May Blackburnian Warbler Male Ohio April Blackburnian Warbler Male Ohio May Blackburnian Warbler Singing Male Ohio May Blackpoll Male Ohio May Blackpoll Warbler Female 2 Ohio May Blackpoll Warbler Male Ohio May Black-throated Blue Warbler Male Ohio May Black-throated Blue Warbler Black-throated Green Warbler Ohio May Canada Warbler Male Ohio May Cape May Warbler 2 Ohio May Chestnut Sided Warbler Male Grape Leaves Ohio May Chestnut-sided Warbler Female Ohio May Chestnut-sided Warbler Magee May_MG_1882 ohio May Chestnut-sided Warbler Male 3 Ohio May Chestnut-sided Warbler Male Ohio May 2 Chestnut-sided Warbler Male Sweet Gum Tree Ohio May Common Yellowthroat Head Shot Ohio May Common Yellowthroat Male Ohio May Golden-winged Warbler Male BackOhio May Kentucky Warbler Male ohio May Magnolia Warbler Male Back on Tamarack Ohio May Magnolia Warbler Male Honeysuckle Flowers Ohio May Magnolia Warbler Male Top Ohio May Magnolia Warbler Ohio May Northern Parula  Ohio May Northern Parula Female Grape Vine Ohio May Northern Parula Female Ohio May Palm Warbler Cypres Ohio May Palm Warbler On Mulberry Tennessee Warbler Male Ohio May Wilsons Warbler Female Ohio May Wilson's Warbler Male 2 Ohio May Wilson's Warbler Male Ohio May Yellow Warbler Female 2 Ohio May Yellow Warbler Female Ohio May Yellow Warbler Male Vertical Ohio May Yellow-rumped Warbler 2 Ohio April Yellow-rumped Warbler Ohio April Red-winged Blackbird Magee Marsh May Curved Mullen_MG_0245-%J Rose-breasted Grosbeak Female_K7I7522-Magee Marsh Ohio April Sedge Wren Singing Back Side_ZM47228-Mallard Club Marsh Ohio May 2010 Sedge Wren Singing Front_ZM47093-Mallard Club Marsh Ohio May 2010 Eastern Bluebird Male_ZM46840-Lucas County Ohio May 2010 Baltimore Oriole Male Columbine Background_K7I9665-Lucas County Ohio June 2009 Blue Jay English Walnut OTS_ZM44332-Lucas County Ohio April 2010 Hermit Thrush Grape Vine_MG_1278-Magee Marsh Wildlife Area Ohio April 2007 White-eyed Vireo_K7I9718-Magee Marsh Wildlife Area Ohio May 2008 Warbling Vireo Singing_K7I1116-Magee Marsh Wildlife Area Ohio May 2008 American Goldfinch Cherry Blossoms_ZM43710-Lucas County Ohio April 2010 American Goldfinch Female Red Bud_ZM43581-Lucas County Ohio April 2010 American Goldfinch Male Cherry Blossoms OTS_ZM43880-Lucas County Ohio April 2010 American Goldfinch Molting Male Redbud_ZM43567-Lucas County Ohio April 2010 Eastern Screech Owl Gray Phase Night_ZM41696-Lucas County Ohio January 2011
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler Female Ohio May
  • Bay-breasted Warbler Male Vertical Ohio May
  • Black and White Warbler Male Ohio May
  • Black and White Warbler Female Horizontal Ohio May
  • Bay-breasted Warbler Female Ohio May
  • Blackburnian Warbler Male Willow Ohio May
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler Singing Ohio May
  • Blackpoll Warbler Female Ohio May
  • Black-throated Green Warbler Ohio April
  • Canada Warbler Male 2 Ohio May
  • Cape May Warbler Ohio May
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler Singing Male Ohoi May
  • Magnolia Warbler Male Fanned Tail Ohio May
  • Northern Parula Male Ohio May
  • Northern Waterthrush Ohio May
  • Palm Warbler Singing Vertical Ohio April
  • Prothonotary Warbler Ohio May
  • Wilsons Warbler Male Ohio May
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler  Ohio May
  • Yellow Warbler Male Cottonwood Ohio May
  • American Redstart Female Ohio May
  • American Redstart Immature Male Ohio May
  • American Redstart Male Ohio May
  • Bay-breasted Warbler Male Ohio May
  • Black and White Warbler Back Ohio May
  • Blackburnian Warbler Male 2 Ohio May
  • Blackburnian Warbler Male Honeysuckle  Ohio May
  • Blackburnian Warbler Male Ohio April
  • Blackburnian Warbler Male Ohio May
  • Blackburnian Warbler Singing Male Ohio May
  • Blackpoll Male Ohio May
  • Blackpoll Warbler Female 2 Ohio May
  • Blackpoll Warbler Male Ohio May
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler Male Ohio May
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler
  • Black-throated Green Warbler Ohio May
  • Canada Warbler Male Ohio May
  • Cape May Warbler 2 Ohio May
  • Chestnut Sided Warbler Male Grape Leaves Ohio May
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler Female Ohio May
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler Magee May_MG_1882 ohio May
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler Male 3 Ohio May
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler Male Ohio May 2
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler Male Sweet Gum Tree Ohio May
  • Common Yellowthroat Head Shot Ohio May
  • Common Yellowthroat Male Ohio May
  • Golden-winged Warbler Male BackOhio May
  • Kentucky Warbler Male ohio May
  • Magnolia Warbler Male Back on Tamarack Ohio May
  • Magnolia Warbler Male Honeysuckle Flowers Ohio May
  • Magnolia Warbler Male Top Ohio May
  • Magnolia Warbler Ohio May
  • Northern Parula  Ohio May
  • Northern Parula Female Grape Vine Ohio May
  • Northern Parula Female Ohio May
  • Palm Warbler Cypres Ohio May
  • Palm Warbler On Mulberry
  • Tennessee Warbler Male Ohio May
  • Wilsons Warbler Female Ohio May
  • Wilson's Warbler Male 2 Ohio May
  • Wilson's Warbler Male Ohio May
  • Yellow Warbler Female 2 Ohio May
  • Yellow Warbler Female Ohio May
  • Yellow Warbler Male Vertical Ohio May
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler 2 Ohio April
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler Ohio April
  • Red-winged Blackbird Magee Marsh May Curved Mullen_MG_0245-%J
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak Female_K7I7522-Magee Marsh Ohio April
  • Sedge Wren Singing Back Side_ZM47228-Mallard Club Marsh Ohio May 2010
  • Sedge Wren Singing Front_ZM47093-Mallard Club Marsh Ohio May 2010
  • Eastern Bluebird Male_ZM46840-Lucas County Ohio May 2010
  • Baltimore Oriole Male Columbine Background_K7I9665-Lucas County Ohio June 2009
  • Blue Jay English Walnut OTS_ZM44332-Lucas County Ohio April 2010
  • Hermit Thrush Grape Vine_MG_1278-Magee Marsh Wildlife Area Ohio April 2007
  • White-eyed Vireo_K7I9718-Magee Marsh Wildlife Area Ohio May 2008
  • Warbling Vireo Singing_K7I1116-Magee Marsh Wildlife Area Ohio May 2008
  • American Goldfinch Cherry Blossoms_ZM43710-Lucas County Ohio April 2010
  • American Goldfinch Female Red Bud_ZM43581-Lucas County Ohio April 2010
  • American Goldfinch Male Cherry Blossoms OTS_ZM43880-Lucas County Ohio April 2010
  • American Goldfinch Molting Male Redbud_ZM43567-Lucas County Ohio April 2010
  • Eastern Screech Owl Gray Phase Night_ZM41696-Lucas County Ohio January 2011
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Why join the Warblers and More Workshop?   Lake Erie is a formidable barrier for the small songbirds winging their way north during spring migration.  A huge variety and great numbers of songbirds “lay-up” when confronted with the prospect of crossing the lake.  Here they congregate in small wood lots near the lake front to rest and forage, rebuilding the fat reserves needed to complete their migration.  Participants will be led to the best locations on any given day to photograph the various migrant traps near the western end of Lake Erie.  You will learn the techniques I have developed to make it a snap to get the correct exposure,   I will explain where I like to be and why depending on varying wind and lighting conditions.  I have been birding and photographing this region for over 15 years.  No one has spent more time photographing warblers on Ohio’s North Coast.   

The leader will work hard to get you into the right position to make the best images possible based on a variety of factors.  This workshop is about more than getting close to your subject.   You will learn how to use the light and wind direction to your advantage.  You will learn when it is best to hand-hold a shorter lens and when it is best to use a tripod with all of your focal length.  Participants will learn techniques to successfully capture images of fast moving subjects flitting through sometimes dense vegetation.

Travel considerations: From Oregon, Ohio

Equipment:  Bring your longest telephoto lens and matching teleconverters as well as a tripod for this workshop.   Also pack a 400mm equivalent prime or zoom lens you are comfortable hand holding (some even hand hold the 500mm f/4).  A flash kit including speed light, bracket, off-shoe cord, Better Beamer and external battery pack will help you get the most from the Warblers and More Workshop.  A shorter lens will come in handy for photographing people and scenes of a popular migrant trap.  I like the option of clamping an umbrella to my tripod or Wimberly head for days with light rain.   Light hiking boots will most likely suffice for foot wear.  Some walking on wet ground or in tall wet grasses may be encountered if we choose to work on some of the backup subjects, consider packing Wellie’s, NEOS, or other waterproof footwear.

Insurance:  As a matter of course everyone should consider insuring their valuable photographic equipment.   I have never had a major incident but enjoy the peace of mind provided by the coverage.  Rand Insurance has a reasonable policy for NANPA members, check for them on the benefits page.

Physical Activity Requirements: Strenuous activity will be at a minimum during this workshop.  Some photography will take place just feet from your car but longer walks over mostly flat terrain should be anticipated.  The occasional walk down a soft sandy beach may be in order depending on wind direction.  

Likely Species on the NW Ohio Warblers and More Workshop :

Photographing songbirds at migrant traps is largely weather dependant.  A variety of the below backup subjects will be available in the event the weather does not cooperate:

A detailed Itinerary will be provided upon further request or upon confirming a reservation.  Do communicate any specific wishes or goals you may have.  The timing of your workshop along with local weather patterns will determine what species and locations are most readily accessible.

Click here to download the Registration and Terms and Conditions Forms.

The deposit amount along with the completed registration and terms and conditions forms are required to reserve your spot on the tour.  You may pay via personal check or money order to the below address or via PayPal to blzwiebel@aol.com.  Make checks payable to:

Brian Zwiebel
8810 Cedar Point Rd.
Oregon, Ohio 43616

Click here to download the Waiver Form.

 The signed Waiver Form along with the remainder of the balance is due at least 30 days prior to the first day of the tour unless other arrangements are worked out in advance.

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