One of the most vivid sights and sounds of a British autumn is the roar of a Red Deer stag, and the clashing of antlers as they fight for breeding supremacy. Throw some of the most vivid landscape colours of the year into the mix and the chance to work with a photographer who knows the East Midlands based herds of both Red and Fallow Deer better than anyone, as they’re literally on his doorstep, and this weekend is a chance for both an image fest and a field craft lesson as well. Add in a session in some stunning locations for some excellent captive bird of prey shots (hopefully including Merlin and Peregrine) and this represents an excellent compact break for beginners and experts alike.
Itinerary Open +Close -
Day 1: We are all due to arrive at Horseshoe Cottage Farm B&B, near to Bradgate Park in Leicestershire by 9.30 am. We will then transfer to our location for the captive bird of prey session. We will be working until late afternoon with a number of birds from merlin, peregrine falcon, eagle owl, barn owl, little owl and buzzard, this list is not finalised and our falconer Richard might have something else for us on the day. We make the images and the birds look as natural subjects and Richard and I have worked together for many years so he knows what to expect working with photographers. We will stop at lunch time for our packed lunch and the evening we will then transfer to our guest house to check in and for our evening meal.
Day 2: It’s an early start in the morning and Linda our host at the guest house will provide a continental breakfast. The mornings at Bradgate are in my opinion the best time to photograph the rutting deer and it is therefore important to be in position before the sun comes up (which means getting up at around 5.30). We have organised this trip to coincide with the peak of the red and fallow deer rut so will get lots of opportunities for photography throughout the day. At lunch time we head back to the Horseshoe Cottage for lunch. We will then go back into the park for the afternoon session and stay until dusk so it is a long day but we will take plenty of breaks throughout. Again back to our Guest house in the evening for our main meal and if people are not too tired we will review some images from the first two days.
Day 3: Again it’s an early start in the morning to try and get the best light and activity and the day will be more or less a repeat of the previous day and will go on until dusk, but if you have a long drive home you are free to go when you please throughout the day.
All meals are provided throughout the three days with lunch back at the farmhouse on the Saturday and Sunday, home cooked evening meal on the Friday and Saturday nights and a continental breakfast on the Saturday and Sunday mornings. Also a packed lunch is provided on the Friday and again if you could let me know what you don’t/do like or any special dietary requirements that would be a great help.
What our customers say
“The holiday exceeded my expectations. A high level of preparation and expertise was evident throughout each element of the holiday, providing a positive, informative and thoroughly enjoyable personal experience.”
“Both Danny and Edwin displayed a relaxed leadership style, maintaining control over the group and the programme timetable with ease. Whilst achieving the objectives of the holiday both guides where exceptionally approachable and open with the group and individuals alike.”