Birds of Prey & Night Owls

Overview

Our bird of prey photography workshops offer an excellent opportunity to not only capture stunning images in natural surroundings, but also act as an excellent environment in which to learn – composition, perfecting exposure and new approaches. We run our bird of prey workshops in two locations Mid Wales and in Leicestershire. Mark and Danny have worked with the Falconers for a number of years now and during that period we have built a good understanding of what is needed by photographers for the workshop.

Woodland & Farmland: Welshpool, Powys

Mark runs bird of prey workshops in Mid Wales you will have the opportunity to photograph from a wide selection of falcons, hawks, and owls with the emphasis totally on UK and European species. Current potential highlights include a Peregrine, Buzzard, Merlin and Long-Eared Owl – the latter completing our UK breeding owl repertoire although participation of any particular species in a workshop cannot be guaranteed. We have a wide variety of natural habitats to photograph in so, Barn Owls on old stable doors and Buzzard mantling it’s next meal are amongst the treats we have in store, with the chance to test your skills capturing falcons in flight and Great Grey Owl landing among possible options later in the day. As the seasons change, so do the locations we work at, ensuring we make the most of the stunning surroundings and making this an all year round workshop which changes every time.

Each day offers a unique opportunity to have private access to photograph in stunning settings. Ideal for the photography enthusiast after some great pictures, or the falconry fan looking for a close-up experience.

 

Cost £99
Deposit £30

Date 16th March 2018
Workshop leader(s) Mark Sisson
Places available 10
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Night Owls: Welshpool, Powys

This is an Owl focussed workshop offering the opportunity to photograph them in natural light, silhouetted at sunset and under studio lights (all provided) for the night-time images that really do them justice.

We’ll start the workshop at 2pm and look to take full advantage of the afternoon winter sun which can be glorious before taking up position to work on silhouettes as the day draws to a close.  After an early supper to let the darkness really set in, we will look to use state of the art remote battery-operated studio flashlights (which will be being provided by The Flash Centre especially for the workshops, along with all required to make them work with your camera including very simple tuition so don’t let this put you off at all) to create some atmospheric night time shots. Owls feather details in particular look stunning under these lighting conditions – your images will be totally different to daytime shooting.

The dates are designed to coincide with the birds routines of night flying shows, and given the need to hook your camera up to flashlights during the evening session numbers will be restricted to just 8, although this does necessitate an increased workshop price of £140.

Cost £140
Deposit £40

Date 24th November 2017
Workshop leader(s) Mark Sisson
Places available 0 - fully booked
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Farmland Birds of Prey, Leicestershire

Danny is running birds of prey workshops in a rustic farmland setting which is a perfect backdrop for birds like Barn Owl, Little Owl, Kestrel and Buzzard. The birds are placed in some wonderful settings which again compliments the natural surroundings that these birds would occupy in the wild. All of the birds we use on our workshops are very well looked after by our falconer and so the birds are always feather perfect which makes the final images look much more natural.

Cost £99
Deposit £30

Venue and Time:

We will meet at 10.00 am in the car park at the falconers centre. Details will be sent out to you when you book onto the workshop.

Programme:

The workshop will start at 10.00 am at a farm in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire; where we will meet the falconer and the birds. All photographic standards are welcome and you can be assured of individual tuition. If you have any questions please ask. I will be taking my own equipment which is Canon, so if you would like to try a 300mm 2.8 lens or a 500mm F4 lens then you are more than welcome to use it on the day. I also have spare tripods too.

We will break for lunch at 13:00 hrs and drinks and sandwiches are provided. I would suggest you bring a thermal flask of tea or coffee as there is no cafeteria on the site. The workshop is scheduled to finish at 17:00 hrs.

Please note there are no toilet facilities on the site either because of the remote location.

We will be photographing these types of birds in a farmland setting which is a perfect backdrop for these spectacular birds. Richard our falconer for the day is excellent with his birds and really understands the needs of wildlife photographers and as natural looking images are what we always try to achieve, he is aware of any Jessies showing in your images. We have 3 birds to work with on the day: Barn owl, buzzard, little owl.

Equipment:

Camera(s) + spare batteries etc. Digital or Film cameras are suitable.
Lenses 300mm and 500mm will be ideal for the static shots and a 100mm macro can give some good close up head/eye shots as well.
Tripod.
Camera cover or if you don’t have one you can use a plastic bag (just in case it rains).
Wellington boots.
Waterproof clothing.
Thermal flask of tea or coffee.

If you would like to hire equipment then here is a link to The Flash Centre, rental department website: http://www.theflashcentre.com/rental-department-faq-c414.html

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Date 28th October 2017
Workshop leader(s) Danny Green
Places available 0 - fully booked
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Moorland Raptor of Prey, Leicestershire

Danny is running bird of prey workshops in Leicestershire and these one day workshops are geared to working on birds such as Golden Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Buzzard and Eagle Owl in a moorland environment which again is a perfect backdrop for these spectacular birds. Our falconer is excellent with his birds and really understands the needs of wildlife photographers and natural looking images are what we always try to achieve. The dates in late August and during September are timed to coincide with the flowering of the heather which will add a splash of colour for these classic moorland birds.

Cost £99
Deposit £30

Venue and Time:

There are limited car parking spaces at the place where we photograph the Birds of Prey so you will need to meet in the car park at Bradgate Park at 10.00 am. A separate itinerary with the details will be emailed to you when you book on the workshop. As soon as everyone has arrived, we will then decide which cars to share to go to the location for the Birds of Prey workshop.

Programme:

We will travel to our location Coalville in Leicestershire where we will meet Richard the Falconer and the birds to do the workshop. All photographic standards are welcome and you can be assured of individual tuition. If you have any questions on the day then please ask as I am here to help, some people do feel uncomfortable asking questions in a group but we’re all here to learn different techniques.

We will break for lunch at 13.00 hrs and sandwiches will be provided. I would suggest you bring a flask of tea or coffee as there is no cafeteria. The workshop is scheduled to finish at 17:00 hrs.

We will be photographing these types of birds in moorland environment which is a perfect backdrop for these spectacular birds. Richard our falconer for the day is excellent with his birds and really understands the needs of wildlife photographers and as natural looking images are what we always try to achieve, he is aware of any Jessies showing in your images. The birds could change as we have to take into account whether they are moulting or healthy enough for the given day but we have four birds to work with from this selection. Golden eagle, goshawk, peregrine falcoln, eagle owl, buzzard.

Equipment:

Camera(s) + spare batteries etc. Digital or Film cameras are suitable.
Lenses 300mm and 500mm will be ideal for the static shots and a 100mm macro can give some good close up head/eye shots as well.
Tripod.
Camera cover or if you don’t have one you can use a plastic bag (just in case it rains).
Wellington boots.
Waterproof clothing.
Thermal flask of tea or coffee.

If you would like to hire equipment then here is a link to The Flash Centre, rental department website:  http://www.theflashcentre.com/rental-department-faq-c414.html

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Date 11th August 2018
Workshop leader(s) Danny Green
Places available 9
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Date 15th September 2018
Workshop leader(s) Danny Green
Places available 12
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