Idaho Wild Bird of Prey Workshops 2016
Boise, Idaho

Flight School Photography returns to Idaho for the third time offering workshops to take place at the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area near Boise, Idaho.   In this unique wilderness area, the Snake River carved the deep Snake River Canyon, which produced a perfect environment of crags and crevices among the cliffs that have been home to birds of prey for thousands of years.  Today, the Snake River Canyon  is home to the largest concentration of nesting birds of prey in North America.   In addition, the Snake River Canyon hosts hundreds of hawks, owls, eagles, and falcons that flock to the area  each spring to mate, nest, and raise their young.  Many of the nests are visible from the broad plateau above the cliffs.  The active birds can also be photographed in flight as they glide on thermal updrafts produced from the canyon walls.  The plateau features interesting flora and fauna and is rich in small wildlife.  The research and guidance of our local expert will ensure our time is well spent and that we make the most of the photographic opportunities possible. 


 Prairie Flacon in Flight
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Spectacular views of the Snake River Canyon and the surrounding area are an added bonus.  These workshops offer a unique and challenging opportunity to photograph many of the most sought after species of North America in a wild and magnificent setting.



Snake River Canyon
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The Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area encompasses 485,000 acres and over 20 species of raptors are possible, as well as small wildlife.  Possible species include Prairie Falcons, Golden Eagles, Swainsons Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks, Northern Harriers, American kestrels, Short-eared Owls, Burrowing Owls, and more.  The area also has a high density of badgers, many sagebrush bird species, and Canyon Wren. 


Short-eared Owl in Flight
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Because of the expansiveness of the conservation area, Flight School Photography has hired a local expert with over 30 years of experience working with the birds of prey in this particular area.   He will have scouted the best viewing areas by the time we arrive, so that we will know where to find our subjects, what time of day has the best light angles, and what locations provide the best photo opportunities. 

Common Nighthawk in Flight
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The workshop will take place during the late spring of 2016.  The workshop will be conducted by expert bird photographer, Jim Neiger.   Jim has perfected unique techniques for photographing birds in flight using large telephoto lenses, hand held. The focus of the workshops will be to learn Jimís hand held, long lens techniques for photographing birds in flight and in other action.  Jim is known for his consistent production of amazing flight images and images of the most desirable subjects.   His Flight School Photography Workshops are a must for any serious nature photographer.


The workshop will last four days and will include a four hour classroom session, three morning photography sessions, and three afternoon photography sessions. Each photography session will be of three to four hours in duration.   The workshop will be limited to six participants so that everyone may receive personalized instruction in the field.   Each participant will receive a copy of Jim's e-book "Flight Plan - How to Photograph Birds in Flight" when they sign up for the workshop.


Workshop Dates:
Workshop ID-1: June 14-17, 2016


Workshop Itinerary:

Day 1 (afternoon/evening ): Arrive in Boise, Idaho which is the base location for the workshop. There will be a four hour classroom session from 2:00pm to 6:00pm in the hotel meeting room.  The classroom instruction will focus on using hand held techniques for photographing birds in flight to prepare participants for the subsequent photography sessions.


Days 2-4: Each day will include a morning photography session, a midday lunch break on your own, and an afternoon photography session.


Workshop Cost and payment:

The cost of each workshop is $1750 per person. Each workshop includes a four hour formal classroom instruction session and six 3-4 hour photography sessions. The photography sessions include personalized instruction in the field. Discounted lodging is available, but is not included in the workshop fee. A non-refundable deposit of $875 is required to reserve a spot in a workshop. The remaining $875 is due 30 days before the start date of the workshop. If you are unable to attend the workshop, after paying the balance, the balance payment will be refunded ONLY if your spot can be filled, on short notice, from the waiting list. All workshop payments must be made by check or money order. Credit cards are not accepted.


Participant Requirements:

Participants should have working knowledge of how to create a properly exposed image, a telephoto lens of 400mm or more, and be physically capable of holding the camera and lens up to their eye in shooting position for at least 20 seconds. This particular workshop is very challenging and lots of practice prior to the workshop is highly recommended.  Participants must also have a vehicle to travel to and from the photography locations.  Rental vehicles are available at the Boise airport.


Lodging and Logistics:

Workshop participants who require lodging during the workshop should stay at the hotel in Nampa, Idaho where the workshop classroom session will be conducted. Participants arriving via air should arrive at the Boise Airport, which is the closest major airport.  Rental vehicles are available at the airport.  Flight School Photography will assist participants with arranging the sharing of vehicles and/or lodging if desired. Detailed information will be provided when you sign up for the workshop or upon request. Lodging, transportation, and meals are not included.

Contact Info:

You may contact Jim Neiger of Flight School Photography via phone or email.


Cell phone: 407-247-5200


Flight School website:


Flight School Photography

Jim Neiger

550 Basin Drive

Kissimmee, Fl  34744-4804


Jim will be happy to provide you with any additional information.  

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