North of 49 Photography

Northern Gannets 2019

Northern Gannet workshop 2019

Come join us for three days and four nights at the largest Northern Gannet colony in the world. Our destination is Bonaventure Island, and is home to more than 55,000 nesting pairs of Northern Gannets. National Geographic Traveler Magazine ranks the area of Gaspé the number three tourism destinations in the world.


Workshop #1:

Instructors:  Chris Pepper

Price: $1995 CAD plus 13% taxes. ($1450 USD plus 13% tax ... please check actual USD rate at time of booking as this does fluctuate)


Workshop #2:

Instructors:  Chris Pepper

Price: $1995 CAD plus 13% taxes. ($1450 USD plus 13% tax ... please check actual USD rate at time of booking as this does fluctuate)


 

About The Workshop:

We are taking groups to photograph the largest Northern Gannet colony in the world. It is located on Bonaventure Island, off the Gaspe Peninsula of Quebec.

This area is home to more than 50,000 nesting pairs of Northern Gannets.  You may have seen Gannets flying around the coastal waters, but until you see the activity at a breeding colony, both up in the nesting area, and while they are fishing by the hundreds, you really cannot appreciate the details in their feathers and graceful flight.

Other photographic opportunities will include all aspects of bowing (territorial display), sky pointing, fencing (two mates clashing their bills together while pointing skyward) and mutual preening.

When we are there, most of the nests will be occupied and will contain young at various stages of development. Other species of birds and animals that you will have the opportunity to photograph are Black-legged Kittiwakes, Black Guillemots, various Gulls, Razorbills, and possible Grey Seals and various Whales that inhabit this area in the summers.

Each day you will have a four hour ride on a 24 foot Zodiac Hurricane (weather permitting) around the island. We should have ample opportunities to photograph Gannets diving and feeding in their funnel formation.

At 9am each day we will be dropped off at the dock on Bonaventure Island. Access to the colony is strictly controlled and impossible to be on the island before 9am. By adding the zodiac tour, we will maximize the better light by being on the water as the sun rises.

Our 24 foot zodiac is a private charter and we will position you (weather permitting) for the best photos, at the right time for nesting Black-Legged Kittiwakes, Razorbills, Common Murres and the island Grey Seals: all at close range.

You will also be in the waters where you will be up close and personal for diving Gannets. After our Zodiac tour, we will land on the main wharf of Bonaventure Island at about nine o’clock and embark on our hike up to the colony.

Your camera gear will be taken up by atv so you do not have to carry it on our backs, letting you enjoy the 1.5 mile hike through the wooded area.

What's included....

  • Four nights hotel accommodation (single occupancy). Three days admission to Bonaventure Island.
  • Three 4 hour excursions on a Zodiac boat (weather permitting), and return from Bonaventure Island to Perce on a larger, commercial ferry.
  • Three full days photographic instruction and welcome reception on first night of workshop with the trip leaders.

 

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