RED DEER RUT, IBEX & CHAMOIS
RED DEER RUT, IBEX & CHAMOIS
3 day wildlife photography workshop focused on the great mammals living in the mountains surrounding Briançon in France. Red Deers, Alpine Ibex and Chamois. Memorable encounters and fantastic opportunities for wildlife photographers.
Wildlife photography tour led by Corentin Esmieu and Jonathan Guillot.
Briançon area, France.
September 20 to 22, 2019. September 18 to 20, 2020.
Or choose your own date!
690 CHF per participant.
English or French.
“I booked the red deer rut with Salva Fauna in mid-September this year, and highly recommend the experience. Although I am more interested in birds than wildlife, I like animals and being outdoors and this tour seemed like a good way to combine those interests, in addition to absorbing even more photography knowledge and tips from Jonathan, whose work I admire and with whom I have already done a couple of photo walks.
There were just three of us on the tour, which was a great small size and ensured that we were well attended to by the guides, Jonathan and Corentin. It was my first time being in Briançon and in the French/Italian alps, and the scenery was absolutely spectacular. Even better were the sightings - I tried not to have high expectations going in, and the guides were also careful not to over-promise, but we saw everything we had wanted to and more.
The first day we were treated to a picnic near the nesting site of a short-toed snake eagle, which swooped down close to us and provided a fantastic photo opportunity. We also spotted crag martins, a grey heron, and chamois in the neighbouring mountains. The second day featured an all-day hike on challenging terrain, not always on marked trails and quite steep, but at a considerate pace for all experience levels and the guides checked on us frequently to make sure we were keeping up and manoeuvring the mountainside safely. This day featured many excellent sightings, from herds of red deer, a couple of chamois, and then many birds - griffon vultures, golden eagles, kestrels, Alpine choughs, etc. The mountain was alive with grasshoppers, crickets, butterflies, marmots, foxes, and ibex, and we all had many splendid opportunities to photograph all of these frequently, from different angles and with different camera settings as coached by the guides. The landscape featured on the last day was my favourite - a theatre shaped clearing with magnificent vistas all around, and, after a short walk, opportunities to photograph from a relatively close distance: alpine ibex, chamois, marmots, and red deer - including a mature stag that galloped across the hillside in plain view, giving us many chances to take spectacular photos. It was breathtaking.
This was my first multi-day tour with Salva Fauna and I hope it won’t be my last; I am very impressed by the quality of Jonathan’s outings and the attention to detail, as well as the care he takes of his clients before, during, and after the excursion. The accommodation he selected was excellent - not a cold hotel but a rustic individual chalet, fully equipped, with warm and attentive hosts. It was my first time meeting Corentin but I found him as passionate about wildlife and wildlife photography as Jonathan is, and he knew the area like the back of his hand, guiding us to the best spots and generously sharing his knowledge (and extensive wardrobe of camouflage clothing and accessories!). All in all, it was an experience I will not quickly forget and we had difficulty parting ways on the last day, as we had shared and learned so much in such a short time. Fortunately, I have lots of fantastic photos to help me relive the trip over and over again.”
“I lived 3 amazing and rich days on all levels: human and photographic, with both great landscapes and wildlife. A dream shared with real professionals, always available and with a lot of respect for everyone. Jonathan explains and guides in true simplicity, carefully taking care of each person’s needs. I learned a lot in his presence. We discovered splendid places filled with exceptional wildlife. I will do it again tomorrow. I really had the WOUAWWWW effect all the time!!!"
Booking this tour with us, you automatically make a donation to ASPAS.
10% of the tour rate is directly donated to ASPAS at the end of the tour.
This donation is included in the rate of the tour.
Day 1 \ The tour will start in Briançon where we will meet you before midday. Please have breakfast before and/or pack some snacks. We will drive to the Massif des Cerces where we spend the entire day looking for Alpine Ibex. Lunch will be a nice pique-nique out in the field. Around 5pm, we will drive back, have diner in town and head to our accommodation.
Day 2 \ On our second full day, we will focus on Chamois. Leaving around 5:30 am, ending around 2pm. Breakfast and lunch will be in the field. The idea is to spend as much time as possible with the Chamois, enjoying their company while improving your photography. You will enjoy some free time in the afternoon, but if you want, there is also the possibility to review your images with your guide. We will drive to a nice restaurant for dinner and back to the same accommodation for the night.
Day 3 \ The last day of this amazing wildlife tour will be dedicated to the Red Deer rut. An incredible experience that you have to live at least once in your life. We will start the day even earlier, at 5am. Again, breakfast and lunch will be in the field. We will leave around 3pm and drive to Briançon where the tour will end.
Your donation to ASPAS.
Double bedroom for 2 nights.
Transportation during the workshop.
All meals during the workshop.
Photographic guiding and instruction.
Image reviews, post-processing instruction.
Immersion in nature.
Transportation to and from Briançon. Nevertheless, it can be arranged depending on your base location with a supplement. If you need help, feel free to write me so we can try to make it happen.
As always during our wildlife tours, the highest ethics in wildlife photography will apply. Respecting and protecting our wild subjects is always the first priority. Animals are not called in nor baited, so no species can be guaranteed. Also, no sensitive information that could put a species in danger will be given. Any inappropriate behavior towards the animals will cause the participant to leave the workshop without any refund. Visit our page “Our ethics” for more details on the ethics we follow.
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