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In the Kawarthas, an area positioned one and a half hours north east of Toronto, both water and land are equally impressive. The shimmering lakes and rivers that offer breathtaking sun rises and sunsets are abundant and are home to an abundance of wildlife.

The Kawarthas also boasts fish-rich waters and an abundance of water fowl such as the Common Loon. Our destination, Lake Salerno continues to be home to migratory Loons that keep coming back year after year. These beautiful birds offer the avid photographer plenty of opportunity to photograph them in their natural habitat.

The numbers of Loons that we track every year total a minimum of four mating pairs on each of the local lakes. We have timed their patterns and have identified their nests to ensure that we get you to the right spot, at the right time to achieve the best photography opportunities under the best light.

We also offer you a very stable boat is ideal for Loon photography. The boat offers 4 comfortable seats designed for low angle photography. The boat has a flat floor as well as an outboard motor that will get us to our destination quickly. When we arrive we will get you in close to the loons & offer you up close photo opportunities that you won’t get on your own.

Itinerary: You will arrive at our home up north on day in the afternoon. That night is all about getting to know each other and hopefully getting out near the water for some night waterscapes and sunset photography in the local forest, or over the lake.


On the second day we will be on the water for the early morning light and by mid-morning we will return in order to rest and have some breakfast.

We will then head out and photograph other local sights such as the resident Herons, beavers and enticing landscape photos, or maybe some action photography at the Olympic Kayak run in Minden.

For those that wish, we can also go photograph the wolves at Halliburton Wild Life Preserve, one of the best chances you will get to photograph wolves in a natural setting. .

We will all then gather for more loon photography later in the day on day two.

The last morning offers you one last time to get out on the water to follow the Loons before returning for a final breakfast and your departure home in the afternoon.

When we return to the cottage we will then open up our laptops and discuss editing techniques to achieve sharper images, composition from cropping and introduce you to some techniques we use to create more appealing images.

What you will learn: We will focus on planning for a successful shoot... from clothing, to gear, to positioning and planning techniques.

When we are out photographing the loons we will discuss camera settings, holding your camera properly and what settings to consider using to maximize the number of shots that you consider a "keeper". We will also discuss bird habits to watch for to increase your success.

Price for the workshop: $595 plus HST - Book before November 1, 2016 for a price of $539 plus HST

Number of attendees: minimum 2, maximum 4

Included: Two nights’ single accommodation at our private home, two breakfasts, Snacks on the first night, lunches, one large home cooked group dinner, all beverages

Please see the three day retreats below:

Session #1 is May 3,4,5, 2017 - WTF

Session #2 is May 8,9,10, 2017 - MTW

Session #3 is May 12,13,14, 2017 - FSS

Session #4 is May 15,16,17, 2017 - MTW

Session #5 is May 23,24,25, 2017- TWT

Session #6 is May 29,30,31, 2017 - MTW

Session #7 is June 5,6,7, 2017 - MTW

Session #8 is June 19,20,21, 2017 - MTW

Session #9 is June 26,27,28, 2017 - MTW

The loons are waiting for you. Click on the button below and we will see you in the Kawarthas