Mother Loon and Young Photo Workshop

This workshop centers around Mother Loon's and their young.

In July 2015 we have created a workshop for five days to give you the opportunity to photograph baby loons within weeks of being born... at our private home/cottage in the Kawartha Region of Ontario.

Here are the details...

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.


We will meet at noon on day one at a predetermined location and take you to our secluded location. Travelers that arriving via flights will be picked up at the airport and local photographers will be given the location of our meeting place.

We will arrive at our private house before dinner. We will have a welcome dinner and get the chance to understand everyone’s expectations and skill level. After dinner we will give you a slide show of the locations and birds we will be photographing and discuss tips on how to acquire better photos immediately.

At night on day one we will head down to the water’s edge in the hopes of seeing the daily migration of the local Loons down the lake with young perched on mothers backs.

On day two 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 will also take some time to go through your images on the computer in the afternoon.

We will also take time to discuss tomorrows hummingbird shoot from the comfort of our set up right off the deck. You will be instructed how to use a multi flash set up that we will have prepared for you.

We will all then gather for more loon photography later in the day on day two after a good home cooked dinner.

On day three we will once again get out on the water to follow the Loons for their morning migration in the local bays.

We will split the group up on day three so half the group can photograph Loons while the other group sets up to photograph all the hummingbirds that make this area home in the summer.

We will have Hummingbird set-ups, including back drops so that you can capture these amazing birds as they zip around the property inter the cedar tree canopies.

When will then rotate part way through the morning so that all participants can have the opportunity to photograph both the Loons and the Hummingbirds.

We will then all 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.

On the afternoon of day three we will pack an overnight bag and depart from our secluded cottage and head north to Algonquin Park.

Algonquin Park lies just one hour north from us and offers the photographer the opportunity to photograph an abundance of wildlife and birds. Algonquin species include: Black Bear, Moose, Pine martin, beaver, Common Loon, Blue Heron, Gray Jays and a few resident Great Grey Owls.

We will arrive at Algonquin after dinner and grab our accommodation for the evening. You will have the opportunity to try your hand at photographing star trails and the milky way because the light pollution is some of the lowest in Canada. Standing on a lakes edge you will be treated to a more stars than you can ever imagine.

Our fourth day starts with an early start. We will gather for a sunrise photography opportunity over one of Algonquin’s stunning lakes and then head out on canoes into the back country in search for wildlife and birds that cannot be found roadside.

Late in the afternoon we will depart for our secluded private home on Lake Salerno once again… Upon arrival the night is a casual night spent taking photos along the shoreline, sitting in front of the fire and drinking a beverage of your choice or hitting your bed early.

Day five is our last day together. We will rise and spend one last trip up the lake to photograph the loons and young that are calling our lake home for the summer.

We will depart Salerno Lake at noon and you will be dropped off at the airport by 2:30pm for your flights home.

What you will learn:

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

How to use a multi flash set up for Hummingbird photography.

Night Photography techniques such as long exposures and image stacking for creating star trail photos. You will also learn how to take photos of the milky way and edit them in the digital darkroom.

Price for the Five Day workshop is $2395USD

Deposit Required to Secure Your spot is $750USD

Maximum Amount of Attendees per workshop is four (4), minimum amount of Attendees is two (2)

Instructors: Len Silvester, Kevin A Pepper and Kevin K Pepper

Includes: Airport pick up and drop off, single accommodation, all meals, all drinks, use of our flashes for both Canon and Nikon shooters.

Not Included: Items of personal nature, travelers insurance

If you want to visit Canada and photograph our other species of birds that migrate through Canada, please look at our Snowy Owl Workshops, our Bald Eagle Workshops or our Spring Migration Workshops.

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Contact to book your spot.


Kevin A Pepper

Kevin is a photographer and educator based in Waterloo, Ontario. His first love is photographing nature, regardless of the season or weather condition; the Ontario landscape and its wildlife are his inspiration. But you will also see other styles of photography in his portfolio. From street photography to urban exploration of abandoned buildings and architecture, he loves to capture it all with his camera for his corporate clients and his growing personal portfolio. Kevin’s images have been featured in Canadian Nature Photographer, PHOTONews Canada, Photo Technique Magazine, The London Free Press, The Weather Network, and National Geographic Online. His diverse client list includes the City of Cambridge, Olympus, GORE Mutual, TVO, and African Lion Safari. Kevin also operates “Northof49 Photography”, a company launched in 2012 dedicated to teaching amateur photographers through International and Canadian-based workshops. In the coming year, Kevin will be leading workshops in Iceland, Mongolia, Tanzania, Venezuela, Provence, and numerous destinations across Canada. Website: