Learn to Photograph the Wading Birds of Pickering Ponds

Join NH-native, birder and photographer Susan Hershey for a morning photographing the bird species found in the area. Learn how to better use your equipment, settings and techniques to help you photograph birds in the wild. This workshop will also teach you how to prepare for your shoots and how to watch for bird behavior.

What You'll Learn
  • Birds in flight; how to freeze the motion

  • Bird behaviors

  • Composition

  • Being prepared

  • Tools of the trade

Recommended Equipment
  • D-SLR or mirrorless camera

  • Tripod

  • Telephoto lens (examples below)

    • Nikon 200-500mm

    • Nikon 80-400mm

    • Nikon 70-200mm

    • Tamron 150-600mm

  • Comfortable walking or hiking boots for walking on loose dirt/gravel

  • Bug repellent

  • Water

  • Protective clothing/hat & sunscreen

Physical Difficulty

Very short, easy walk from the parking lot to the pond. Walking on level, dirt trails.

Meeting Details

Please meet in the parking lot, for Pickering Ponds across the road from 374 Pickering Rd (private home; please DO NOT bother the resident). No restrooms are available so please be prepared.


Susan Hershey

Susan is a native of Southern California, but chose to live in New England 25 years ago after living at sea on cruise liners for years. She is a long-time lover of travel & landscape photography, but now focuses most of her attention on photographing birds. Her favorites are raptors (hawks, eagles, owls, and harriers) but also enjoys searching for smaller, more colorful birds including songbirds, woodpeckers, and shorebirds.

In 2017, she was accepted as a juried member of the New Hampshire Art Association.  In 2018, she was honored with an exhibit hosted by them in Portsmouth, NH. Susan sells her work as prints, calendars and photo cards in two shops in Newburyport. You can also see her work at www.hersheyartimages.com, www.HersheyArtImages.pixels.com/or on Facebook as "Hershey Art Images by Susan Hershey" and on Instagram - @hersheyartimages.