|Starts||Jul 8th 2024|
|Ends||Jul 13th 2024|
|Leader||Steve Gettle & Nicole Sudduth|
|Participants||6 (FULL - Email us to be added to our Pre-Announcement List of 2026!)|
With thousands of nesting pairs of Atlantic Puffins to the northern part of the island, over 85,000; Northern Gannets nesting in the south, and thousands of other nesting seabirds like black-legged kittiwakes, common murres, thick-billed murres, and razorbills all within reach of our lenses, Newfoundland is the place to go to experience and photograph the intimate breeding period of species that otherwise spend their entire lives at sea. Join us for an adventure to the cliffs of this unspoiled island to photograph these spectacular birds!
Newfoundland is known as a quaint fishing community that provides an authentic glimpse into times past. For this trip, we will be staying primarily at small Bed & Breakfast establishments. To maximize our time in the field, we will take some bag lunches. You will be responsible for reserving and paying for your own transportation but Avis and other rental car companies are available right at St.John’s airport and we are happy to help coordinate car sharing among travelers. The drives that we will be doing are all very straightforward. All meals and lodging are included in this tour.
Fitness: You must be able to walk up to 3 miles (1 1/2 each way) in order to get out to Bird Rock and the Gannet Colony. You can go at your own pace and there are some benches along the route. In addition, there are some uneven trails/rocky areas that will need to be able to navigate to get to both the puffins and the gannets.
Monday, July 8 – Arrive in St.Johns
Fly in to St. Johns at your leisure and drive approximately 1 hour to our hotel in Clarenville for the overnight. While there is nothing planned tonight, you may want to explore the fishing village that is here.
Tuesday, July 9 – Puffins!
Departing early in the morning, we will finish our drive northward to the coastal area and upon arrival, spend the remainder of the day photographing Puffins as they engage in nest building, courtship and other behaviors at their nesting cliffs.
Wednesday, July 10 – Puffins and Gannets
Spend the morning photographing Puffins at the cliffs. After lunch, we will drive through tundra terrain where we may encounter moose, caribu and other wildlife. We will arrive at Cape St. Marys for our first glimpse of the Gannets!
Thursday, July 11 – Gannets at Cape St. Marys
We will spend the day at the amazing Bird Rock with the opportunity to photograph over 15,000 pairs of gannets as well as Black-legged Kittiwakes, Common Murres, Thick-billed Murres, and Razorbills.
Friday, July 12 – Whales, Puffins, Razorbills
We depart early and drive up through Witless Bay where we will take a boat trip for the opportunity to photograph whales as well as puffins and other seabirds on the wing.
Following our boat ride, we will check into our hotel for the final night and share a farewell lunch. You will have the rest of the day on your own to explore St.John’s or rest before your flights home tomorrow.
Saturday, July 13 – Travel day
Transfer to the St. John’s airport for flight home
Deposit of $1000 due with registration
Payment #2 of $1000 due December 15, 2023
Final Payment of $825 due March 15, 2024
* Pricing based on double occupancy
*** Single Supplement (if available) add $365
* Non-photographer spouse/partner discount of $935
– All lodging while in Newfoundland
– All meals
– Donations made at bird entrance sites
– Air travel to and from St John’s Newfoundland
– Rental Car
– Any alcoholic beverages
– Travel insurance
** Please note we are always happy to help coordinate rental car shares