Tours & Instruction

We offer birds-in-flight and wildlife photography tours and private instruction. On our tours you may see bald eagles, ospreys, owls, herons, kingfishers, hawks, kestrels, egrets, ibis, monkeys, bears & other wildlife.

Your tour guide, Dick Vautrinot, is an avid wildlife photographer with a passion for birds in flight. A self-taught photographer who created his own style of tracking birds, exposure and use of light. By way of owning a nuisance wildlife business, he gained extensive expertise and knowledge of wildlife and their breeding habits. With over 45 yrs of boat and guiding experience, you will be in the

right light to capture great images of "birds-in-flight".

Join us for a photography tour or camera instruction!

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Bald Eagle & Raptor Tour - Gainesville, Florida

Available Dates: May 13 - 21, June 10 - July 6,

July 22 - Dec, 2022

Join us to photograph bald eagles, raptors and shorebirds on a beautiful "Old Florida" lake with picturesque backdrops. Bald eagles in Florida return to their nest territory on our lake in the fall to begin nest building. Their breeding season extends to late April or May when young are learning to fly and hunt. Our lake has resident eagles that stay year-round. Ospreys arrive back on the lake in February and the aerial battles begin with the eagles attempting to steal the fish from the ospreys. The lake has an abundance of bald eagles, ospreys, owls, herons, kingfishers, hawks, kestrels, woodpeckers, egrets, ibis and other shorebirds. Tours are aboard our 24 ft. pontoon boat. For an additional charge, Dick can help with manual camera settings and birds-in-flight instruction.

 

  Pricing:

  Half-day | 3 1/2 - 4 hours             

  $200 per person 

  $350 per person with instruction        

  Full-day | 7 - 8 hours

  $400 per person

  $700 per person with instruction 

  Minimum 2 people on tours

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Black Bear Tour - North Carolina

Available Dates: May 24 - June 4, 2022

 

Join us to photograph black bears and cubs in their natural habit in eastern North Carolina, home to the largest concentration of black bears found in the southeastern US. Dick's extensive knowledge of the area helps to locate and photograph bears and cubs. For an additional charge, Dick can help you with manual camera settings and use of light instruction. We hope you can join us for a day full of fun!

  Pricing: 

  Full day | 8 hour tour

  $550 per person | Minimum 2 people

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Swallow-tailed Kite Tour - Deland, Florida

Available Dates: July 8 - 21, 2022

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Join us to photograph over 5000 Swallow-tailed kites in a couple hundred-yard area on a lake in Deland, Florida. Tours are aboard our 2019 24 ft. 200 hp pontoon boat. It's Audubon's most beautiful bird of prey, with its deeply forked tail and bold black-and-white plumage, it is unmistakable in the summer skies. (Of course, Dick would say after the Bald Eagle!) Hanging motionless in the air, swooping and gliding, rolling upside down and then zooming

high in the air with scarcely a motion of its wings, the

Swallow-tailed Kite is a joy to watch. We hope you can join us.

 

    Pricing: 

    Morning Tour | 3 hrs            

    $200 per person      

    Minimum 2 people      

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Camera Instruction - Florida

Available Dates: Year-round

Camera instruction is designed to help you create a customized plan to improve your photography skills in the use of light, tracking birds, manual camera settings, preparation and framing the shot.

Join Dick for a day full of learning and fun! 

Pricing:

Includes a Boat Tour

Half day - 4 hrs | Full day - 8 hrs

$350 per person | $700 per person  

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Osprey Tour on Blue Cypress Lake - Vero Beach, Florida

Available Dates: TBD 2023

 

Join us on an adventure to photograph nesting ospreys, many at eye level, on one of the most scenic lakes in Florida. Blue Cypress Lake has about 500 ospreys, a few eagles, owls, peregrine falcons and about every shorebird. A birding paradise with amazing sunrises and non-stop osprey action with babies on every nest. Tours are aboard 24 ft. pontoon boat. For an additional charge, Dick will help with manual camera settings and birds in flight instructions. We hope you can join us for a day full of fun!

     Pricing:

     Half-day (morning) | 3 hours     

     $250 per person | Minimum 2 people

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Matt Kloskowski.... 

The Guy that helps people navigate the crazy waters of photography and photo editing!

Two photography and photo editing courses that may interest you:

  • Wildlife Editing Secrets

  • Matt’s Guide to Bird Photography

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Berger Bros. is a camera store, not just an online digital camera retailer, or a department store with a camera department. They specialize in cameras, lenses and the things that go with them that you need in your quest for beautiful images. Call Brad for personalized service!
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