Loon Photography Tours & Workshops

Nature Photographer, Guide and Instructor Michael Bertelsen is proud to welcome you to North America's Leading Loon Photography Tours and Workshops.

Driving 2.5 hours north of Toronto, Ontario places you in the highest population of nesting common loons in the world. Sparkling northern lakes lined with marshes, black spruce and giant white pines makes for a very pleasant day photographing loons and their chicks.

What makes this trip so special
The very stable one of a kind boat is specifically laid out for Loon photography. Very comfortable swivel seats are designed to drop down to allow extreme low level photography; just a mere 16 inches from lens to the surface of the water. The boat has a flat floor as well as an outboard motor that will get us to our destination quickly. When we arrive a silent electric motor gets us in close to the loons & offers you up close photo opportunities.
Michael monitors 11 pairs of nesting loons on 9 different lakes. This has made it possible to offer photographers a 90% loon chick success rate since 1997. Offering different lakes gives the photographer a selection of water colors and reflections as well as other wildlife such as moose, black bear, beaver, muskrat and a selection of marsh birds like blue herons, kingbirds, bitterns, kingfishers to name a few.
Your certified Captain, guide and instructor is on the boat with you, offering helpful tips, answering questions and explaining what to expect next. As a result, you have the very best chances to capture some of the finest loon images.

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Itinerary
On the water for early morning light.
Typically we shoot until mid morning or until the light is too harsh.
Midday is your time. Download the morning's images or head off on your own to photograph moose or black bears feeding on Algonquin's blueberries. There are many boreal bird species found in Algonquin Park, grey jays, black-backed woodpeckers and spruce grouse. First day we meet for an early dinner to discuss any additional questions, learning objectives, or concerns. A quick slideshow and we are back out on the water for afternoon loons.

You Decide
Put together as many days as you would like. Choose 2, 4, or 6 days photographing loons and their chicks on beautiful northern Ontario lakes. Private trips are also available.

Scheduled 2, 4 or 6 Day Loon & Chick Photography Workshops/Tours
Maximum 4 photographers

The Itinerary Includes:
Transportation from the meeting location to our photography destination.
Light breakfast of yogurt, fruit juice , water and granola bars.
Personalized instruction offered at all times.
Chilled bottled water always on hand.

Not included:
Accommodations, but will gladly recommend something.
All meals except breakfast

Deposit & Registration for Tours/Workshops

A nonrefundable 50% deposit plus 13% HST is required to reserve your spot.

Please contact Michael if you have any other questions or to check availability and to request a booking

We accept e-Transfers or checks. If sending a check please make it payable to Wild Outdoors Limited and send it to PO Box 5335, Huntsville, ON, Canada, P1H 2K7.

Testimonials
Mike, Just wanted to say thanks for our Loon Tour last week. Both Michele & I got some great shots. You're a real expert at knowing these Loons & how to get us superb photo ops, without stressing them!! I'll be back for sure, Sam S

Michael, I want to express my thanks for your recent Loon Tour (July 12/13) that I had the pleasure of attending. The efforts you made to provide your guests with outstanding opportunities exceeded my expectations. Your knowledge of the subject matter and how best to approach a setting from a photographic standpoint ensured that everyone came away with fantastic shots and memories. Any level of photographer could attend one of your tours and come away completely satisfied with the experience you offer.I am already thinking of attending future sessions in the years to come. Richard P

Hi Michael, Andy, Rosemarie and I all wish to convey our special thanks to you for providing such a fantastic workshop for us! Comments from the group as follows:Thanks for being so helpful and professional while we were taking our photos eg. Loon approaching from the left etc., watch as she is bringing a big fish for the baby. This is most helpful when one is looking through the lens.We all had fun and loved your planned itinerary as well as providing such an excellent finale by taking us down the river which was beaming with beautiful wildlife creatures! Rosemarie just commented that it must have been really good as we all want to go back! Please keep us posted and enjoy the rest of summer and good luck with your house building! Regards from Joan, Rosemarie & Andy


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