Workshop 8

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Bird photography workshop with theory/technical presentation, discussion and Q & A session on the Friday night, followed by opportunities to put learning into practice with a guided Lake Ellesmere birding tour on the Saturday and a dawn chorus forest birds tour on the Sunday. Plus, the unique opportunity to practice taking photos of birds in flight with a harrier “falconry” demonstration on the Sunday morning.

Steve Attwood is an internationally published bird photographer and owner of Auldwood Birds, a Guided birdwatching and nature tour company based in Canterbury. Steve’s workshops have proved popular with birding and photography groups alike and many of his photos feature on sites such as www.nzbirdsonline. Steve is also a passionate conservation advocate and has donated hundreds of his bird and plant photos for conservation advocacy and education in New Zealand.

It is recommended attendees to book in to The Little River Campground to save the 90min drive from Christchurch each day.

Level of fitness required for participants: Average, but must be comfortable with walking through wet, muddy wetlands and mudflats, including shallow water crossings. The forest walks include tracks that have the usual hazards of being muddy, roots and stones to trip on etc. Not recommended for people who need walking aids other than a simple tramping pole.

Equipment participants need to bring:

Camera equipment including a suitable telescopic lens for bird photography (landscape lenses an option as the area is very scenic)

This workshops starts Friday evening and concludes at midday on the Sunday.

Cost:  $190  Log in to the members area to sign up for this Workshop


Cancellation Policy

Due to the nature of the PSNZ Workshop Series and that the workshops are generally for small groups and often over-subscribed, cancellations can have a significant financial and attendance effect on the workshop. Although we will do everything possible to ensure our workshops proceed, sometimes there are things beyond our control.

PSNZ reserve the right to postpone or cancel due unforeseen circumstances e.g. covid level affects, facilitator illness, venue access issues etc. In the event we do cancel a planned workshop, we will attempt to inform attendees as soon as possible and in most cases you will be given an alternative date to attend or provided with a full refund of the workshop costs.

If a workshop is postponed, then first right of refusal will be given to those who were already booked on that workshop.

Should a workshop fail to attract a required minimum number of attendees, PSNZ reserve the right to cancel the workshop.

PSNZ will not accept responsibility for travel and accommodation costs incurred by attendees.

In the event that an attendee booked for the workshop does not turn up, no refund will be given.

No refund will be given if attendee cancels within 30 days of the workshop date unless another person on the waiting list can take their place at short notice. A small administration fee of $20 will apply and be deducted from any refund.

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