Newfoundland is a relatively undiscovered photography gem only a short flight from the US. It has some of the best wildlife opportunities on the east coast matched with incredible seaside cliffs. This trip will be filled with stunning ocean landscapes, nesting seabirds, fields of blooming irises, the world’s densest moose population, and if conditions are right the best boat-based whale viewing in the world!
- Day 0 – Arrive at St. John’s airport. NPS will provide transportation to where we are staying for our first few nights.
- Day 1 – Today we’ll spend the morning photographing some spectacular seaside cliffs. At this time of year the hillsides should have numerous patches of wild irises flowering. Breakfast will be provided for participants and you’ll be free to have lunch in charming coastal town. Around lunch time we’ll teach about how to photograph the puffins in the area with particular emphasis on birds in flight. If we have the same luck as previous years, we’ll photograph a bold family of foxes that is raised in the area before applying what we learned in the educational session as we photograph Atlantic Puffins just offshore for our evening session.
- Day 2 – Our morning photography session will be at another great landscape location. We’ll have an unusual geological formation and a majestic lighthouse to add to the numerous seaside cliffs possibilities. Breakfast will be provided for participants at our morning location. After lunch and an educational session, if the fish have brought the Humpbacks in, we’ll head out on a boat to photograph whales before returning to town for a well-deserved dinner.
- Day 3 – We’ll spend a long morning at the Puffin colony where breakfast will be provided. After the morning shoot, we’ll drive to the southern part of Newfoundland stopping for an afternoon of photography at some seaside landscape locations which also have whale and bird possibilities. We’ll arrive at our charming bed and breakfast for dinner.
- Day 4 – Our fourth day will be spent at one of the largest seabird colonies in North America. The kings of the colony are the Northern Gannets with a wingspan of over 6 feet! In addition to the Gannets, there are also Murres, Kiitiwakes, and Razorbills that nest in the upper layers of the colony. We’ll eat a provided picnic-style lunch out at the seabird colony. Around lunchtime we’ll offer an instructional session on wildlife photographs that include the environment. We will be surrounded by birds on both sides so there will be good lighting for both morning and afternoon photography. We’ll also have numerous behaviors including courtship, flight, squabbling, nest building, and some parent-chick interaction.
- Day 5 – We’ll spend another morning with the spectacular seabird colony. There are many landscape opportunities around the colony, but it is hard to tear yourself away from all the excitement of the birds. After our lunch, we’ll choose a final shoot based on what participants choose. We can certainly spend more time with the seabirds or head to a number of nearby landscape possibilities. We’ll enjoy a group dinner to round out our final day.
- Day 6 – NPS will provide transportation to the St. John’s airport.