Winter on the Pocosin Lakes is a very special time. Hundreds of thousands of birds migrate through our region of North Carolina. For a few months they call, the Pungo Unit of Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, home. Migratory birds such as, snow geese, tundra swan, many different species of ducks, Red winged black birds and the predatory birds that prey on all of these species. Most of the bear in the region are in a state of hibernation but you can still see many foraging in the woods and farmland that surround Pungo. Whitetail deer are in their breeding season (rut) when bucks are fighting for dominance over does. Marking their territory, by rubbing their antlers in trees and scraping the ground. Foxes, coyotes & wolves begin to target waterfowl feeding in the fields.

     Neil Jernigan will be leading three 1 day photography workshops at the Pungo Unit. Showing you everything he knows about wildlife behavior & wildlife photography. Understanding the animals and their behavior will help you create better photographs. For example; knowing just when to get ready before tundra swan decide to take off from their the flooded impoundement. Capturing their unique way of taking flight by running on the waters surface. Not only will you learn how to understand the wildlife, but you will learn how to create fine art portraiture of them individually and within their habitat.

    For the beginner and seasoned pro from sunrise to sunset, join Neil on a action packed, one day winter workshop. Space is limited so register quickly! If you have any questions please feel free to contact Neil with the form below.

Cost: $175

Deposit: $75 - non refundable.

Dates:   December 29, 2018   from SUNRISE to SUNSET     |    0 spaces left

               January 5, 2019         from SUNRISE to SUNSET    |    2 spaces left

               January 12, 2019        from SUNRISE to SUNSET    |   0 spaces left

Skill Level: beginner to advanced

Topics we’ll cover include:

  • Wildlife Portraits

  • Birds in Flight

  • Composition

  • Wildlife Behavior

  • Technical Skills ex. (shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance, metering)

  • & much more!

Physical Difficulty: easy to moderate {walking on dirt roads, 1 - 2 miles possible}

Lodging: NOT included, there are multiple locations in Washington, Belhaven and Plymouth, NC.

Transportation: NOT included,   At this time transportation is not available. Everyone will be encouraged to caravan and will follow Neil around the refuge.



1 Day Workshops:

We will begin the morning at a predetermined location to photograph the wildlife/sunrise.  Next we will move on to photographing wildlife until lunch. After filling our stomachs & warming up, we will head back to the refuge for the afternoon & evening. Sunset location will be determined more than likely by the wildlife we are photographing.

  • (6:00AM) Meeting bright & early

  • (7:15AM) Sunrise

  • (7:15-11:45AM) Photographing wildlife around the refuge

  • (12:00pm) Departing to Belhaven for lunch

  • (2:00pm-5:00pm) Photographing wildlife around the refuge

  • (5:15PM) Sunset


In order to register for this workshop please first contact us either by email or by phone in order to inquire as to whether or not there is room. With only 6 participants, this workshop fills up quickly.

Once you have confirmed that space is available we will need two things from you in order to make your spot on this workshop official:

  1. A signed and completed registration form which will be emailed to you.

  2. A $75 deposit - NON REFUNDABLE.

Once your registration and deposit have been received, you will be notified by email.


The deposit is due within 2 weeks of notification of your intent to register for the workshop.

The final installment is due 30 days from the start of the workshop.

  • How do I sign up?

    • To sign up please scroll down and fill out the contact form. I will instruct you from there.

  • Are you familiar with the area?

    • Yes, the Pungo Unit is like a second home for me. I've been traveling yearly since I was just old enough to walk. I've been studying the wildlife there and photographing them since 2009.

  • Deposit?

    • The deposit is due within 2 weeks of registering for the workshop. Total of $75.00 - NON REFUNDABLE

  • Cancellations?

    • If for some reason you need to cancel, please contact me AS.SOON.AS.POSSIBLE. I will then go over the cancellation procedure.

  • What size lenses do I need?

    • We will be photographing wildlife, some at close range and others at great distances. I recommend at least 200mm or greater. If you would like to contact me to let me know what you have I would be happy to help out.

  • Should I rent equipment?

    • If you have only wide angle lenses or less than 200mm, I would recommend renting a telephoto lens. I wouldn't purchase a lens specifically for this workshop. Rental is the best way to go. Here are a couple links to online companies I recommend. www.lensrentals.com & www.borrowlenses.com

  • What animals will we photograph?

    • The possibility of animals we could see are endless. But with wildlife photography nothing is guaranteed. We will however be targeting tundra swan, snow geese, other waterfowl & red wing black birds. If we are lucky, we will have a chance to see & photograph black bear.

  • What type of clothing should I wear?

    • This workshop is during winter, so that means it will more than likely be cold at or below freezing in the mornings & evenings. The midday could be warm but I would bring light & heavy clothing just in case. Please dress accordingly.

  • Are there any rest rooms nearby?

    • The Pungo Unit of Pocosin Lakes is in a rural area. You will be about 15 minutes from the nearest bathroom & restaurant. I will make sure everyone takes a "break" before living in the morning. We will going to town for lunch and bathroom breaks.

  • Not included?

    • Lodging, transportation, meals, photography equipment, vehicle rental

  • What equipment do you recommend to bring?

    • Telephoto & Wide angle lenses, tripod, any photography gadgets that you normally would. I would rather need it & have it than need it and not have it.


Questions? Please feel free to contact us anytime if you have any questions regarding this or any workshop. Below you will find a simple contact form in place to make this process as simple as possible for you. If you would like to talk personally to me please feel free to contact me at:


Date *
Please enter the date of the workshop you are interested in attending. 12.29.2019, 01.05.2019 or 01.12.19
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