Mar 8, 2014 · 3:00 PM
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Lake Martin is located about 2.5 hours drive from the New Orleans area. It is a cypress swamp and has one the largest concentration of migratory birds in the world. You can read more about it at http://www.lakemartinla.com/. I have spoken with Bryan Champagne, who is a tour operator at Lake Martin. You can read about him at http://champagnesswamptours.com/ . He will do a custom tour for us lasting approximately 3 hours and for around 20 members in the boat. The boat holds 26 people, but for ease of photography, 20 is better. He will charge $30 per person for this 3 hour tour. His regular tours are $20 person for 2 hours. But you will be with others and on a set route. In our case, he will take us more towards birds so that we can photograph birds and then end with sunset photography of the cypress swamps. I have not worked it out yet with Rebecca, but we may have to pay more than $30 per person, if this site charges more for paid events. Either way, this gives you an idea. Also, if you sign up for this event, you will be required to make the payment and if you do not show up and we can't find a substitute, there will be no refund. The tour operators are giving us this price because he wants to make $600 for this trip. If we have less than 20 members, then the price will go up. I will need to know within the next week so that I can finalize the tour with the operator. I will also update any news here after I talk to Rebecca. Not mentioned in the tour website, is that this is peak Bald Eagle season. I spoke with the tour operator and learned that there are Bald Eagles in the Atchafalaya area and if we are lucky we maybe able to see and photograph Bald Eagles, Ospreys and owls in addition to the shore birds shown in the tour operator's website. I have been trying to set up a tour just to photograph Bald Eagles but haven't been successful with another tour operator. Anyway, this will give us a great opportunity to see Cajun country and photograph birds and nature. For bird photography, size of the lens matters :). The longer the focal length of the lens the better it is. In my mind, you need at least a 200mm or longer lens. You will also need a moderate wide angle if you want to shoot landscapes. I hope to see at least 20 people sign up for this trip so that our cost per person are minimized. If you all want to have a Cajun dinner after the shoot, we can stop by at some local restaurant there and enjoy a group dinner. I have been trying to set this one up for a long time and I am hoping that this time it works and weather holds up. I am setting up the date as March 8, 2014. The sunset is at 6:08pm, so the tour will start around 3:00pm that day. Hope to see you all there.