Coastal Wildlife Safari

Photograph Oregon’s many amazing animals, from tiny tide pool inhabitants to the iconic megafauna of the Pacific Northwest.

Spend the day on a photo safari in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon’s dramatic coastline is home to an extraordinary diversity of wildlife species.

Oregon’s Coast Range is where the forest meets the sea. Within a single day, nature lovers can witness the drama among colorful and strange species in pools of the rocky intertidal, watch kingfishers and osprey dive for fish in marshlands and bays, then listen to the flute-like songs of thrushes and wrens in the shade of ancient stands of Sitka spruce and western hemlock. Photograph animals from majestic bald eagles and enormous Roosevelt elk, to  jewel-like nudibranchs and tufted puffins, to salamanders shuffling through ferns under the forest canopy!

Durations:

Half-Day:  4 hours – we’ll schedule our outing for sunrise, sunset, middle of the day – whenever you’d like!

Full-Day:   8 hours – we’ll schedule our outing for your preference of maximizing sunrise or sunset light.

Sunrise to Sunset:  Hours vary by season, but these are long days. Plan on roughly an 11-hour day in winter, and as long as an 18-hour day in summer.

Pricing:

Starts at $150
Discounted pricing for groups

Potential Locations:

Tour locations range in along the coast, and we may visit spots anywhere from Tillamook to Florence. Depending on your preferences, the weather, tide schedule, and a range of other factors, our list of locations may include such highlights as:

– Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
– Yaquina Bay
– Seal Rock
– Sea Lion Caves
– Cape Perpetua
– Siltez Bay National Wildlife Refuge
– State parks and forests
– and many other gorgeous spots along Oregon’s central coast

Of course, mixed in with these known locations are a slough of less celebrated and carefully scouted wild spots that are pure gems for photography. 

  • Small group setting ideal for one-on-one instruction and learning
  • Crafted for the wildlife photography enthusiast whether you’re focused on wishlist species, or just want to capture the biodiversity of the coast’s varied ecosystems.
  • ALL skill levels welcome!

We visit wildlife hotspots that provide the highest likelihood of opportunities for portraits and behavior shots. 

We’ll meet at the first location at first light and caravan to subsequent locations. Locations may range anywhere from Tillamook to Florence, but most often range from Cascade Head to Cape Perpetua.

For full-day and sunrise-to-sunset sessions, we’ll break for lunch mid-day at a favorite local eatery. After we’re refreshed and ready for more, we’ll head to additional locations.

The specific itinerary for the day will be customized around your goals, and around recent wildlife sightings and behaviors. 

Remember: Wildlife is wild and there are no guarantees for what we will photograph while out. But drawing from years of experience as a wildlife photographer and daily scouting, I work diligently to maximize the opportunities you’ll have for both sightings and shots. 

After your workshop date is confirmed, you’ll receive a link to an online intake survey where you can fill me in on you current skill level, interests, what you’d like to learn and see, and more. These details help me customize the day’s itinerary around your needs. 

You’ll also receive details on what to wear, what equipment to bring, and other travel details. If you would like suggestions on where to lodge on the coast, please let me know. 

If you have questions before registering, please feel free to ask me!

Included: Healthful snacks that hit the spot for sweet or salty cravings throughout the day. Hot coffee and a variety of teas, along with cream and sugar options. And of course plenty of fresh water to keep you hydrated. 

Not Included: Meals and transportation to and from shooting locations.

Payment for the workshop is due in full once your date is confirmed.

Please be sure to read the Terms and Conditions for details on cancellations, refunds, and other important information.

Close encounters
of the
cetacean kind

 

You never know what you’ll get to see during our outings, and some encounters are almost too good to be true — like standing a couple dozen feet away from a migrating gray whale as it leisurely feeds!

Though wildlife encounters are famously unpredictable, we can maximize our odds of seeing target species and behaviors.  If you’d like to schedule your outing during a certain season, such as when whales are migrating or sea birds are nesting, please feel free to contact me for suggested timeframes. 


Book Your Oregon Coast Wildlife Safari


Coastal Wildlife Safari

From: $150.00

Read more details about this workshop or select the date you’d like to book using the calendar below.

Half-Day: 4 hours – we’ll schedule our outing for sunrise, sunset, middle of the day – whenever you’d like!
Full-Day:  8 hours – we’ll schedule our outing for your preference of maximizing sunrise or sunset light.
Sunrise to Sunset: Hours vary by season, but these are long days. Plan on roughly an 11-hour day in winter, and as long as an 18-hour day in summer.

Discounted pricing for each additional group member is automatically calculated into your total. Maximum of 4 people per group.

SKU: CWS Category:

Description

Spend the day on safari in the Pacific Northwest! Oregon’s Coast Range is where the forest meets the sea. Within a single day, nature lovers can witness the drama among colorful species in tide pools, watch kingfishers and osprey dive for fish in marshlands and bays, and listen to the flute-like songs of thrushes and wrens in the shade of ancient stands of Sitka spruce and western hemlock. From majestic bald eagles and enormous Roosevelt elk, to  jewel-like nudibranchs and sea stars, to salamanders shuffling through ferns under the forest canopy, there’s something for everyone!

We visit wildlife hotspots that provide the highest likelihood of opportunities for portraits and behavior shots.

  • Capture images of wildlife large and small
  • Boost your skills in predicting animal behavior to capture story-telling images
  • Learn about local ecology and native animal species
  • Expand your understanding of which camera settings to use in different scenarios
  • Learn how techniques such as pan blur and back-lighting add drama to your wildlife images
Thanks to the small-group setting, photography instruction throughout the day is tailored to your needs, skill level and interests.

Additional Details

After your workshop date is confirmed, you’ll receive a link to an online intake survey where you can fill me in on you current skill level, interests, what you’d like to learn and see, and more. These details help me customize the day’s itinerary around your needs.

You’ll also receive information on what to wear, what equipment to bring, and other travel logistics.

I limit workshops to four (4) participants in order to provide plenty of opportunity for one-on-one teaching throughout the day. Workshops will run even if the group count is not filled. Once a workshop is confirmed, it is rarely cancelled – even if there is rain in the forecast! After all, inclement weather can provide unique opportunities for dramatic images. The Terms and Conditions outlines cancellations, refunds and other important details.

Read more details about this workshop or if you have questions before registering, please feel free to ask me!