Saturday, August 13th, 2022 | 8:00am - 11:00pm
Where We Will Meet
Parking Lot near Visitors Center
Where The Walk Will End
Duck Landing then Picnic Tables near Visitors Center
About This Walk
Hi, my name is Rachel Doyle. I’ve been working with digital photography for 11 years with a focus on wildlife, landscape, and travel. This is my first Kelby Photo Walk as a leader, but I’ve been on 3 previous walks and am excited to host my own. I wanted to choose a location that guarantees those perfect photo opportunities and Sylvan Heights Bird Park definitely delivers on this.
Sylvan Heights Bird Park offers the perfect way to get up close to over 2,000 waterfowl, parrots, toucans, flamingos, and other exotic birds from around the globe. The park has nice pathways that lead you through the different regions with plenty of resting spots and shade. They also have a cafe with restrooms located nearby. The visitors center offers drinks and bird food for purchase which can get you some amazing photos, especially in The Landing Zone which houses an aviary with hundreds of free-flight parakeets.
There is an entrance fee for getting into the park. Each participant would need to pay park admission, which is $12 plus tax ($12.84) for adults ages 13-61, and $11 plus tax ($11.77) for senior citizens ages 62+. They also offer a special opportunity for photographers to use their “photo diamonds” which are ideally set up cutouts for the enclosures. This is $30 per person for a one-day Photo Pass, in addition to admission fees. Those who add the $30 Photo Pass would be able to enter the park at 8 a.m. instead of 9 a.m and would have access to the photo diamonds all day. I will meet you in the parking lot a little before 8 am for those who wish to do the Photo Pass. Please fill out this form prior to arriving to expedite entrance: https://www.dropbox.com/s/vs8p85rl8iq327v/photo%20pass%20registration2022.pdf?dl=0. *For those who do not want to do the Photo Pass, please let me know and I’ll meet you at the entrance at 9 am. There is a limit of 19 photo diamond keys for that day, so we would need to plan for this early. If the group is 30 or more participants, there is a 10% discount on park admission. There are no discounts on the Photo Passes.
With regards to commercial photography, Sylvan Heights Bird parks have no restrictions on photographers entering their work in photo contests for publication and/or prize money. However, the sale of photos taken at Sylvan Heights to stock photography websites or other media outlets is not permitted.
Depending on the group, we can plan on a two to three-hour walk concluding at the Duck Landing Café and meeting at the Picnic Area near the Visitors Center to eat and share our photos from the walk. I have created a Facebook Group page to post photos to. This is a private group, so please request to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/wwpw2022sylvanheights
Check back here for updates and group announcements as things get closer.
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