Sandra Lee Photography presents … Southern California – A Photographic Workshop



“Salton Sea Bird Photography Weekender”


Three winter dates to choose from ...

October 25 - 27, 2024
November 22 - 24, 2024
January 3 - 5, 2025


Hosted by Wildside Nature Tours

Registration NOW OPEN! Inquire HERE.


Workshop leader – Sandy Zelasko

Imperial Valley Dec 2014


The Salton Sea is in transition. Once, abundant birds visited its shoreline on their migration routes, which, in turn, brought birders and photographers from around the world. Today, species seen, and their numbers, are changing due to environmental and political issues. However, the Salton Sea is not dead! Join Sandy on this eye-opening journey around California’s largest inland lake and experience the cultures, bird life and restoration projects which surround it.

This photo workshop will provide participants an opportunity to photograph winter migrating birds, waterfowl and many of the comical, resident burrowing owls throughout the valley. We'll see snow and Ross's geese, sandhill cranes to the smaller least sandpiper, American avocet and so many more. Click HERE to see eBird's most current list of birds on the refuge. Wildlife is always unpredictable but we will get you to the best spots for the best photo opportunities. Bring a long and fast lens 400mm or larger.

This workshop welcomes all photography skill levels and includes photographic instruction, individual attention, an enthusiastic leader and lots of birds. An understanding of basic photography principles is recommended but we welcome new birders too.

Come experience the birds and sunny Southern California!

You'll get ...

  • Trip leader/instructor, Sandy Zelasko, who will work to get you in the right place at the right time for stunning imagery.
  • 25+ years of instructional experience, insured, licensed, CPR/AED/First Aid certified and permit holder.
  • An enthusiastic, passionate and experienced nature photographer pro at your side!

Thank you for considering Salton Sea Bird Photography Workshop for your next photo adventure!


Please enjoy the IMAGE GALLERY below ... a colorful sampling of what is possible!


   Imperial Valley Dec 2014    Imperial Valley Dec 2014

   Salton Sea, Riverside/Imperial County, California

   Imperial Valley Dec 2014

   Salton Sea, CA    Loggerheaded shrike, Salton Sea, CA

   Salton Sea, California

   Salton Sea, CA   Long-billed dowitcher, Salton Sea   Burrowing owl, Salton Sea

   Salton Sea, CA