Bird Photography: Great Workshops and Tours in Canada 2024

Saskatoon Custom Bird Tours

Bird Photography


As of February 22, 2024, we can offer private tours to photograph the following owl species

  • Snowy Owls
  • Northern Hawk Owls
  • Northern Pygmy Owls
  • Great Gray Owl

If interested email your name and phone number to birdtours {at} sasktel [dot] net.

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Bird Photography

Upcoming Bird Photography Workshops

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Where is best place to photograph Snowy Owls?

Saskatoon is located at Center
of Snowy Owl Winter Range.

Snowy Owl Winter Range

Snowy Owl Photography Workshop
Snowy Owl Photography Workshops

Northern Hawk Owls and Great Gray Owls north of Saskatoon

The center of the permanent range for both Northern Hawk Owl and Great Gray Owl occurs within the  boreal forests of northern Saskatchewan. These regions are easily accessed by driving north of Saskatoon.

Owl Photography
Great Gray Owl & Northern Hawk Owl Photography Workshops. Click picture for more information

Bird Photography Workshop Leader:

Boyd Coburn

Boyd Coburn
Boyd Coburn – Bird Photography Workshop Instructor

Upcoming Bird Photography Tours and Sessions

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Birding Tour Gift Certificates
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Great Gray Owl Quest
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Northern Pygmy Owl Photography Tours
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Sandhill Crane Photography Sessions
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Ethical Owl Photography Policy

We feel it is important that we follow ethical owl photography techniques when photographing owls in the wild during our tours and workshops. We suggest clients read the Owl Observation and Photography Tips suggested by Birds Canada.

Our owl observation and photography policy includes the following key points designed to avoid disturbing any owls we find. Whenever we are near an owl, we will let you know what is permitted depending upon the distance and behaviour of the owl.

  • We do NOT bait owls. Baiting owls with food may alter their behaviour near people. Any owls we encounter should exhibit natural wild behaviour and may be wary of humans.
  • Clients should use a telephoto lens on your camera for the best images or view the owls using binoculars or with a spotting scope. When appropriate and requested, we will set up a high magnification spotting scope at a reasonable distance to avoid disturbing the owls.
  • In some situations, it is best to observe and photograph owls from inside a vehicle which may act as a blind. Bring a bean bag or window mount for your camera. Also bring 2 dark pieces of cloth (t-shirts, pillow cases, towels) to cover the windows on the opposite side of your vehicle from the owls so that they are less likely to see you move inside your vehicle.
  • In some circumstances, you may exit the vehicle on the side away from the owl and then crouch down to hide behind the vehicle for photography or observation.
  • Avoid talking loudly or making noise when an owl is close to us. We want the owl to be able to listen for its prey.

RESERVATIONS: Submit the form below or send us your full name(s), mailing address, email address with requested workshop and dates.

Phone: 306-652-5975
Address: 100 Rayner Avenue, Saskatoon, SK, S7N 2P8

Full payment due at time of booking. Payment instruction will be emailed to you after registration form is received.

Cheques may be mailed to above mailing address.

Bird Photography Workshops Reservation Request Form

If you do not have a cell phone, enter your land line.
Mailing Address needed for tax receipt.


Stan – I’m so appreciative of your time, patience and helpfulness on our owl photography trip. I thoroughly  enjoyed your company and look forward to future trips with you. I really appreciated you doing all the driving and getting us to the owls. ”  Mark L. California

How to get to Saskatoon

Air: Saskatoon International Airport (YXE) is served by Air Canada, Westjet and their U.S. partners United and Delta.

Air Canada Star Alliance partners also include Aegean, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels, Copa, Croatia, EgyptAir, Ethiopian, EVA, Lot, Lufthansa, SAS, Shenzhen, Singapore, South African, Swiss, TAP, Thai, Turkish, United.

Westjet international partners include AeroMexico, Air France, Air Transat, Azores, Cathay Pacific, China, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, Emirates, Hainan, Hong Kong, Japan, KLM, Korean, LATAM, Philippine, Quantas, Virgin Atlantic, Xiamen.

Train: Saskatoon’s Train Station is served by Via Rail’s Canadian train serving Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Jasper and Vancouver.

Bus: Saskatoon – Edmonton and Saskatoon – Regina bus service

Car: Saskatoon is located on Canada’s Yellowhead cross-country highway plus 6 other major highways connecting with all cities in Canada and USA. If you drive, you do not need to rent a car for our tours.

Bird Photography Tours Reservation Request Form

If you don’t have a cell phone, enter your landline number.
Mailing address needed for tax receipt.
You will be sent payment instructions by email.
You will be sent payment instructions by email.
Smoking is allowed only inside your own personal vehicle. No smoking is permitted during meals, anywhere in shared accommodations or outside during birding stops or hikes.