This announcement is for information only (GNPA MEMBERS GET A 10% DISCOUNT)

TRIP IS OPERATED BY: Bonnie Block Field and Farm and Nancy Elwood

2019 12 baldeagleA wonderful opportunity to spend time photographing in the beautiful Skagit River Valley, home to a large variety of wintering raptors, shorebirds and waterfowl. The focus of this workshop will be Bald Eagles that are in large numbers on the local rivers. We will also have many chances to see Snow Geese that are overwintering in the valley from Siberia, Tundra and Trumpeter Swans, many different types of small hawks, owls and falcons. Small shorebirds and waterfowl also call this area home in the winter.

The workshop is limited to 4 participants with two instructors to allow for maximum individual instruction and to facilitate ease in approaching our subjects. 

Your hosts will be two award winning photographers, Nancy Elwood and Bonnie Block

Nancy has been traveling the world with her camera for the past 20 some years, honing her photographic skills.  Her work has been on the cover of Florida Audubon and in the Smithsonian, having been awarded Highly Honored in the Birds category in 2012 Windland Rice Awards.  Additionally, she has been conducting photography workshops for the past six years.

Bonnie has been recognized numerous times for her photographic work that has been featured in many publications. She is also the 2016 National Audubon Grand Prize winner in photography. She will share her knowledge of the area, camera and processing skills in the workshop


Dates: December 15-18, 2019

Group Size: 4 Participants

Cost: $2400.00 per person – GNPA members receive a 10% discount for $2160 pp

Payment Terms:  $500 deposit at time of enrollment, balance due by August 15, 2019 – For payment info please email Nancy Elwood at    .  We prefer checks, but if paying by PayPal there is a 3% fee.

2019 12 eagleflightDeposits & Cancellation Policy:

A $500 deposit is required at the time of enrollment with full payment due by August   15, 2019

Deposits and tour/workshop fees are non-refundable.

If the photo workshop is full and someone from the waiting list can take your spot, your tuition is fully refundable minus any PAYPAL or bank fees. We are not responsible for cancellations due to medical or other reasons.

No fees will be refunded if you withdraw after the photo workshop begins.

We are not responsible for any fees associated with non-refundable air travel.

What is included:

  • Airport transfer from SeaTac to base hotel in Burlington, WA. and return.
  • Welcome dinner
  • All transportation during the workshop, two privately chartered boat tours and transportation to other photography locations.
  • On site photographic instruction and evening reviews.

What is NOT included:

  • Airfare to Seattle, WA (SeaTac)
  • Lodging —Holiday Inn Express Burlington-Clients will be given a link for a reduced rate. Breakfast is included at the hotel.
  • Holiday Inn Express SeaTac
  • All meals and beverages *Exception—the welcome dinner on Sat. night
  • Gratuities for local guides
  • Travel Insurance (recommended)

2019 12 eaglefightITINERARY:

Day 1: 

Saturday, December 14 Afternoon

Arrival SeaTac International Airport Seattle, WA.  Because of the small group it may be possible to arrange for pickup at the airport and transportation to our base hotel location in Burlington, WA. Otherwise, you are responsible for your own transportation to the Burlington Holiday Inn Express.

6:30 PM Welcome dinner and introductions hosted by Nancy and Bonnie.

Day 2:

Sunday, December 15

We will depart early from our hotel for the Skagit River and will spend approximately 4        hours photographing from the boat.


Afternoon will be going to locations in the area for Snow Geese, Raptors, Owls etc.

Return to hotel at sundown. Both Bonnie and Nancy will be available in the evening for

photo reviews and processing instruction.

Day 3:

Monday, December 16

Travel by car to selected photo sites in the surrounding Skagit area for more eagles, owls, raptors, snow geese

Return to hotel at sundown. Both Bonnie and Nancy will be available in the evening for

photo reviews and processing instruction.

Day 4:

Tuesday, December 170

Morning boat tour on the Skagit River photographing eagles


Travel by car in the surrounding area for more photography

Return to hotel at sundown. Both Bonnie and Nancy will be available in the evening for

photo reviews and processing instruction.

Day 5:

Wednesday, December 18

Morning-Photographing eagles from the river bank on the Nooksack River


Afternoon -Departure for Seattle area with possible photographic stops along the way

Spend night near the Seattle airport for early departures the following morning, if applicable.

What to Bring:

This is a winter workshop. The weather can be quite challenging. Rain, snow and wind are all possible. The boat moves at good speed and you need to be prepared for all types of conditions to stay comfortable.

Warm wool clothing that can be layered, rain/windproof gear, waterproof shoes are helpful. WARM, windproof, rainproof hat

Waterproof, insulated gloves

Warm socks

Warm (waterproof) boots

Hand and toes warmers

Camera gear:

Super Telephoto lenses —400 mm PLUS a good choice. Some chance for wider shots—70-200 also recommended.

DX bodies a 100-400, 80-400 lens


Sturdy tripod

Extra camera cards

Plastic garbage bags (rain protection and camera bag cover)

Your favorite snack bar, good for the boat and/or in the car