Bird/Avian Private Photography Workshop

Northern Hawk Owl

Photo: © 2014 Steven Mermelstein – All rights reserved

Bird Migration Photography Workshop’s Highlights

  • A Fully Private Photography Workshop — We don’t take you out with strangers!
  • Opportunity for bald eagles, osprey, falcons, hawks, woodpeckers, owls, wild turkeys, turkey vultures, cold water diving ducks, white-tailed deer, and more!
  • Discover the iconic towns and scenery of Charlotte, North Ferrisburg, Ferrisburg, Panton, Vergennes, Addison and Shoreham of the Champlain Valley scenery and witness the diverse and abundant wildlife in quintessential Vermont Champlain Valley.
  • Much of our trip will have breathtaking views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains.
  • Also photograph covered bridges, mountain ranges, Iconic Vermont barns, farms, farmers, tractors, cows, sheep, sheepdogs, Mt. Mansfield, Camel’s Hump, and more!
  • Individual instruction in the field with one-on-one time with your instructor, Steve Mermelstein.
  • Portfolio consultation (if desired).
  • Follow us in your own vehicle (or rental), or ride in style and comfort in our SUVs. Larger groups ride in passenger vans or coach buses.
  • We’ll pick you up/drop you off at your hotel or any other mutually agreed location within Burlington, South Burlington, Shelburne, Williston, Colchester, Stowe, Waterbury, Waitsfield, or Warren. (Other areas subject to an additional charge.)
  • Rain, snow, or shine — we will plan the workshop accordingly.


Everyone is welcome, you only need:

  • An interest in photography
  • Patience — If you can’t sit idle, waiting for the birds and/or the perfect shot, bird/avian photography is not for you.
  • A working camera; any make/model!
  • At least one 300mm or longer zoom or telephoto lens

NO JUDGMENT ZONE! All ages, abilities, and skill levels are welcome!


Offered approximately from mid-March to mid-May and the end of August to early October. Winter and Summer dates are also available but may not include as many species of birds as during migration. Check Availability »


Bird/Avian Private Photography Full-day Workshops:
Fall: $699.99 per day for the first person.
Winter: $599.99 per day for the first person.
Spring: $599.99 per day for the first person.
Summer: $599.99 per day for the first person.

Each additional person (up to 6 persons) is only $100 for each person, per day. For larger groups; please inquire.

You may extend any workshop for just $150.00 for each additional hour.

Prices do not include taxes, fees, gratuities, souvenirs, food, drinks, snacks, or meals unless otherwise specified. All prices are subject to change and/or a temporary fuel surcharge without notice.
Please see our Workshop/Tour Terms and Conditions for full details and Workshop/Tour policies. All services are subject to availability.

We offer private workshops for one or up to a forty-person group

Perfect for family reunions, corporate outings, or any other type of group event. You decide the date and time and we will create a special day that you and your group will never forget!

Large Group Private Workshops are priced according to all the specifics that you request. Please Check Availability for more information.

Want to check off a few birds on your all-time list? Our bird migration workshops may feature the arrival and departure of Bald Eagles, Loons, Hawks, Caspian Terns, Osprey, Wood Ducks, Buffleheads, Goldeneyes, Sandpipers, and Snowy Owls, just to name a few. We visit birding hot spots along rivers, Lake Champlain and forests.

Common Loon
We have found that it doesn’t matter what your skill level is, what your background is – the only thing that matters is your passion for Vermont and Bird Photography!

VTPhotoTours Bird/Avian Migration Workshops are fully private workshops and are priced by your group’s size. Starting at only $599.99 for the first person, per day. Each additional person (up to 6 persons) is only $100 for each person, per day.

Go along with the guide making it a fully private workshop with private instruction, go as a couple, go with your friend(s), or make it a family/corporate outing. Go for one day, two, three, or even more. It’s all completely up to you.

During Fall, our Workshops are in very high demand on weekends and holidays. All available weekday dates often book up too. So please plan ahead and book as early as possible! If your desired date is unavailable, we are happy to put your name on a waitlist for it and will get in touch if it becomes available.

All Workshops and Tours are subject to the Workshop/Tour Terms and Conditions. Full or partial payment constitutes acceptance of the Workshop/Tour Terms and Conditions.

We offer Outdoor Private Workshops/Tours and one-on-one Online Private Workshops most weekdays, weekends, and holidays. Peak Season Dates are always in high demand and fill quickly. Please plan ahead, check availability, and reserve/secure your booking as soon as possible.
Limited time offer: Book a multi-day workshop and SAVE $100* on each additional day booked. Please check availability and mention discount code: WS100OFF *Some restrictions apply. Expires 7/22/2024.