Bird photography is a new and fast growing hobby. To cater to this growing demand for ornithologists and bird watchers around the world, a photo safari company in Botswana has come up with an unique workshop dedicated to the idea of capturing our feathered friends in their normal habitat while they are going through their daily routine.
Pangolin Photo safaris is a Botswana based company working in The Chobe region for the past two years. Not only do they offer their services to photographers and bird enthusiasts of all experience levels, they also provide The most important kit when it comes to shooting pictures of birds; the camera gear. For every seat that is sold on the “photo boat” or the custom built unimog, a professional DSLR camera and lenses are provided free of charge, so that the guests can capture breathtaking images during the workshop.
The Chobe region in Botswana is a birders paradise. There are several resident species of birds which can be captured throughout the year. Additionally countless many other species makes the total number of species at any one time to more than 100. Truly there is no dearth of birds and subject matters when one is in The Chobe. Plus, due to its unique location between Delta and Vic Falls guests looking to accommodate the workshop as a part of a bigger itinerary can easily do so.
However, birding and trying to capture birds on a DSLR sensor can be a tricky thing to accomplish. One has to be not only knowledgeable about the correct exposure parameters, when attempting to capture the feathered friends in tricky lighting conditions, but also have to be knowledgeable about their movement patterns. For example, knowing the flight patterns of a kingfisher will enable a photographer to not only capture a sharp photo but will also allow capturing a dramatic moment.
Some of the best photography industry professionals will be sharing their tips and tricks for adjusting for the tricky lighting conditions. They will share their ideas on how to observe birds and anticipate their movements during the course of this 5 day workshop. The guests will also be accompanied by local guides with expert knowledge about the Chobe area and the many resident birds of the area.
The workshop has been designed to run through out the year and guests can participate in it at any time. A number of species such as the Racket Tailed Rollers, the Pygmy Geese and the Carmin Bee-eaters are found in this area at different times of the year which should keep the bird lovers occupied. The five day workshop costs $1950 / person which include all meals and accommodation.