Cat Island & Mississippi Coast Bird Photography Adventure

                                    May 6th-10th, 2024



  Join us for a bucket list adventure! We will spend two nights and 3 days exploring the canals of Cat Island, located 7 miles off the Gulf Coast. Cat Island is one of the Mississippi-Alabama barrier islands. 

We will visit local rookeries and birding locations. The stay will be in the only lodge on the Island powered by a generator. The event includes all meals on the Island as well as the boat transportation with captains and guides from Shore Thing Charters. We will get you to and from the hotel to the dock.


                                       Shore Thing Charters



The cost of the event includes all instruction, transportation to and from the island, guides, and meals on the Island. Your additional cost will be transportation to the hotel the first night ( May 6th) and the last night (May 9th), as well as any meals on the mainland. 




While on the Island we will explore the island by boat and foot(No heavy hiking) for wildlife. We will also leave the main island by boat to visit smaller islands and rookeries to photograph a wide variety of bird species. Guides will bring us to ideal locations in early morning light and afternoon light.






While having down time during midday there is plenty of photography opportunities. From Hummingbirds to song birds, there are so many to see right from the lodge. You might even find raccoons and gators in the area.


Our full time professional birding guide is Robert Smith, Coastal Program Coordinator for Wildlife Mississippi. He will guide us to many unique locations not known by many. Our Captains are all US Coast Guard Certified and, along with their crew, will take care of us on all sea activities.






A few images of the accommodations as well as images taken while hanging out at the lodge.




The cost of the event :  This includes all transportation from hotel to dock and back to hotel the end of the trip. Also includes group accommodations on Cat Island as well as meals, soft drinks and snacks. Group classroom instruction and critique session during classroom. You are responsible for the first night hotel stay and last night hotel stay. You are also responsible for any mainland meals we may stop for such as dinner the last night. The included meals on Cat Island are all seafood based so be aware of that. Both seafood and shellfish may be utilized by the chef. 


      Full tuition : $2200 includes  $500.00  non returnable deposit that is required to hold your place. Balance is due 30 days prior to the event.

A Max 7 participants, A Minimum of 4 participants needed to be confirmed by Feb 10th, 2024 to run this event.



                                   Please send check to: Vinny Colucci

                                                  115 Mamie Lane

                                             Jamestown, NC 27282

                                              (Contact me when check is mailed)

           ( If you need to pay by card please contact me and we can do it over the phone. )

                                            (There is a 3% add on for card use)

                                (Pay in full by January 10, 2024 and save $100.00)

                     Please notify me when check is in the mail so I can hold your spot.


Hotel for first and last night: Note these are not blocked rooms.This is the hotel we will be leaving from Tuesday morning and returning to Thursday night. They have free airport Shuttle

Hilton Garden Inn; 14108 Airport Rd, Gulfport, MS (228-863-4996)

Local Airport: Gulfport- Biloxi International Airport Airport: Hotels will have a shuttle.


Schedule subject to change:  Monday 6-10-2024


Monday, 5/6             Check into Hotel

Tuesday, 5/7            Morning pickup and meet at hotel at 10AM,

                            Loading van to go to the dock at 10:30AM. Departure by 11AM via

                            boat for Cat Island. Lunch on Cat Island and settling in on the Island

                            Afternoon:  departure to location shoot

                            Dinner at Lodge followed by Q&A and social time.


Wednesday 5/8         Early Breakfast followed by departure by boat for morning shoot location.

                            Lunch and shooting around lodge. Afternoon classroom/Q&A.

                            Afternoon departure for location shoot.

                            Dinner and social time at lodge.


Thursday 5/9              Breakfast followed by departure for morning shoot.

                              Lunch on either Cat Island or mainland followed by afternoon shoot

                              locations on mainland. Dinner followed by sunset location shoot. Return

                              to hotel by van.

Friday 5/10                  Departure on your own.      



Recommended Equipment:


One or two camera bodies

Long Telephoto lens 400mm plus 

Short Telephoto lens 100-400

Landscape Lens  24-70mm

Polarizing Filters

Graduated Filter for Sunset

Tripod and Ball Head

Gimbal Head

Boots  We will be near and in low water, (Not too deep) as well as sandy and marshy locations

Bug spray...  Lots of it

Rain Gear



Safety Note:  Physically, Although we are not doing much hiking, you need to be able to climb into and out of a boat from a dock and from a shore line. There will be staff to help you with your equipment.


This is a trip of a life time. We hope you join us at this amazing location.


                               Hope to see you there. Vinny & Annette Colucci