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  • DATE #1: March 18-22, 2024 -  SOLD OUT
  • DATE #2: March 25-29, 2024 - SOLD OUT
  • MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 4 Photographers (min 2)
  • FROM: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • WORKSHOP LEADERS: Glenn Bartley



Vancouver Island is without question one of the most beautiful places on earth.  Home to majestic mountains, lush temperate rainforests and miles of breathtaking coastline it seems that natural beauty can be found anywhere you look.  In addition to its scenic beauty Vancouver Island possesses a variety of wildlife including numerous species of birds, ocean mammals such as seals and killer whales, bears, otters and a fantastic selection of butterflies. 

Highlights may include:

  • Unbelievable opportunities to capture waterfowl in flight.
  • Shorebirds and Harlequin Ducks along the waterfront.
  • Majestic temperate rainforest landscapes.
  • 5 great days of bird photography!


On this photo adventure we will focus on the following opportunities:

Waterfowl:  Vancouver Island is a haven for a variety of species of waterfowl.  Workshop participants will develop the skills needed to create stunning and dynamic images of waterfowl in flight as well as exquisite and intimate portraits.  Likely species include: Wood Ducks, Hooded Mergansers, Ring-necked Duck, American Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Lesser Scaup, American Coot as well as others.

Shorebirds:  The Vancouver Island shoreline is home to several species of shorebirds at this time of year including Black Oystercatcher, Black Turnstone, Surfbird and Dunlin.  Also along the shoreline we are likely to find Harlequin Ducks and Hooded Mergansers as well as a variety of gulls.

Temperate Rainforest and Birds:  The forests of Vancouver Island are truly majestic.  Towering Douglas Fir trees dominate these mossy sanctuaries.  We will spend one morning/afternoon focusing on capturing images of these spectacular places.  While in the forest we will also look for Winter Wren, Varied Thrush, Bald Eagle and American Dipper.

Digital Workshops:  During the evenings for those who wish to participate, we will have image review sessions and talk about techniques and what we can expect to see the next day.  In these post processing workshops participants will have ample opportunities to improve skills in Adobe Photoshop.  Guided by Glenn, participants can learn how to take their images from straight out-of-the-camera RAW images to stunning final works of art (ready for printing or websites).


On this photo adventure participants will focus on the following learning objectives:

  • Learn to photograph birds in flight from one of the world’s top professionals.
  • Learn to capture stunning portraits of waterfowl and shorebirds.
  • Learn techniques for photographing majestic rainforest landscapes.
  • Discuss the use flash and set up your own backyard for bird photography.
  • Learn basic Photoshop skills or improve those that you already posses.


  • Glenn focuses on more personalized attention,instruction and guidance.
  • Glenn is regarded one of the world’s top professional photographers in bird portrait photography. Just go pick up a birding magazine and you will almost certainly find his images.
  • Glenn often utilizes local guides with years of experience in their home areas.
  • Glenn has more experience.  He has been to the places that he will take you – not for a week or two – but for months!!  Glenn knows where to get the best possible images and can show you how to achieve them. 
  • Having completed his Msc. in Environmental Studies Glenn is very environmentally and socially aware.  When we visit communities around the world we give something back to these places and the people who live there. 
  • At the end of the day Glenn’s goal is simple – To give you the best possible photographic workshop imaginable.


  • This is a very relaxed trip.
  • All of the shooting is done within 200m of the car.
  • The one exception is a landscape shoot where we may walk approximately 1.5km (optional)


This workshop/tour is limited to 4 participants to ensure the best photographic opportunities and instruction possible.


  • The cost of this photo workshop is USD. $2,799.00 / person
  • Canadian residents please add 5% GST
  • I preffer payments and deposits to be made by check. Paypal can also be arranged (send email).
  • A $1000.00 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a space on this tour.
  • Accommodations are designed to be one person per room.
  • Once we have received your deposit we will send you a confirmation invoice and registration package.

Prices include:

  • All expert photo instruction
  • Land transportation during workshop

Price does not include:

  • Accomodation
  • International airfare to place of tour origin
  • Meals
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Any additional nights accommodation outside of the tour dates
  • Fees for passport, visas, immunizations and insurance
  • Laundry, phone and other items of a personal nature
  • Cost of hospitalization and evacuation if necessary

Suggested Equipment:

It is recommended that each participant bring the following equipment:

  • A digital SLR and a lens of 300mm or greater.
  • A tripod is recommended
  • A wide angle lens
  • A flash

Payment Terms:

A $1000.00 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a space on this tour.  The balance of the payment is due before November 18th, 2023.


We like to keep our workshops small, so space is extremely limited. Once the workshop seats are full – that’s it…  If this exciting photo workshop sounds like fun to you, then now is the time to register.

STEP 1 - Read the booking and refund policies below.

STEP 2 - To confirm your registration you will need to mail a check for the $1000 deposit to Glenn Bartley. Payments can also be arranged through Paypal. Please email me to let me know that you are sending a deposit or for paypal instructions. Once a deposit is received it is understood that you have read, understood and accepted all terms and conditions as outlined in the Booking and Refund Policies.

Please make checks out to: Glenn Bartley  - Email me for mailing address

Once I have received your deposit I will send you your complete registration package by mail.

Please see the complete booking and refund policy by clicking the link below.

If you have any questions before registering, send me an e-mail with any inquiries to:

Please note:

  • Glenn Bartley Nature Photography strongly recommends that you purchase travel insurance.
  • All funds are quoted in USD dollars and subject to exchange rate fluctuation and gas surcharge if we are billed additionally.
  • We will attempt to stay true to this itinerary. However, certain unforeseeable conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or wildlife migrations) may require changes to the itinerary. We reserve the right to alter any itinerary at any time, if necessary. We will do our absolute best to notify participants of changes as far in advance as possible.


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