Exotic Birds of the Prairie – Bird Photography Workshop

Grassland Bird Photography Workshop

Join Scenic Aperture for a unique Nebraska grassland bird photography workshop! The workshop will be lead by Frank Comisar, a nationally and internationally collected wildlife photographer and founder of Scenic Aperture. The workshop will take place in Nebraska’s vast interior Sandhills region near Burwell, Nebraska. Because of blind capacity this bird photography workshop is limited to just six participants. Sign up now for this unique workshop.

The Sandhills host many increasingly rare grassland birds. This area is home to some of North America’s few remaining booming grounds. Here we will photograph the unique mating rituals of the greater prairie chicken and sharp-tailed grouse.

Each spring, males gather on “leks” to dance and stomp their feet to impress eligible females. They arrive before dawn and put on an amazing display of foot-stomping and resonant booming. These grassland birds are a sight to behold. Will have a ring-side seat to capture the action!

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Unique Opportunity

During this grassland bird photography workshop our morning shoots will take place from blinds strategically located on a privately owned Nebraska ranch. We will have three morning photo shoots during which we will focus on greater prairie chickens and sharp-tailed grouse. Although these grassland birds are the stars of the show, our afternoon shoots will provide opportunities to photograph other indigenous or migratory species such as ring-necked pheasants, wild turkeys, northern harriers, bald eagles, golden eagles, great horned owls, pelicans, trumpeter swans, and many others. If luck is with us, we may even have an opportunity to shoot the endangered whooping crane as this area is a frequent resting stop during their northern migration.


Double occupancy room accommodations and two meals per day are included in the price of the workshop. Our group will occupy a large lodge located right on the ranch. Home-cooked breakfasts and dinners are also included and will be served family style in the dining hall. Meal time is a great time to get to know each other as well as our ranch family hosts.

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Workshop Details

April 3-6, 2018

Burwell, NE


April 3

  • Workshop begins – Introductions and orientation

April 4

  • Morning photo shoot
  • Digital darkroom
  • Afternoon photo shoot

April 5

  • Morning photo shoot
  • Digital darkroom
  • Afternoon photo shoot

 April 6

        • Morning photo shoot
        • Adjourn


    • Limited to maximum of six photographers

Physical Difficulty

    • Easy; hikes up to 1/8 mile over prairie grassland


    • Included – double occupancy
    • Single upgrade add’l $; subject to availability


    • $1,995 USD 
    • A 50% deposit is required to reserve your spot
    • Final payment is due 60 days prior to the workshop


    • Lodging; Breakfasts & Dinners
    • Entrance fees and blinds
    • Photographic guiding & instruction
    • Digital darkroom

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