Holy Island Birds Of Prey Photography Workshop

Northumberland Birds of Prey, Holy Island




At a glance

2017 Dates & Prices: Due to building work at Lindisfarne Castle we have no plans to run this workshop at present.
Maximum participants: 8 per workshop
Private workshops? Yes. One to one or one to two sessions can be made on a bespoke basis. Please contact me for a quote and to arrange a suitable date.


A digital SLR or ‘bridge’ camera with a lens of 200mm or more and a wider angle / mid range zoom are recommended. Lenses with focal ranges such as 70-300mm are absolutely ideal. If you have a polarising filter you may wish to bring it along to provided some drama to blue skys. A waterproof camera cover can be handy and spare batteries and memory cards are an absolute necessity!

Stout outdoor shoes or walking boots are also required and warm waterproof clothing. Suntan cream & insect repellant can be useful, just in case!


The causeway to Holy Island is located near to the ‘Barn at Beal’, postcode TD15 2PB. From here follow the road over the causeway. Check the tide times on the itinerary below. Please take extra care and do not attempt to cross outside of these times. The tide can come in unbelievably quickly and many people have been caught out even though the causeway looks clear!

Our meeting point will be the ‘Window on Wild’ Lindisfarne building near the harbour on Holy Island. I’ll send out a map prior to the workshop date which will also show the car parking and facilities.


Ample car parking (additional disabled car parking located closer to meeting point). Public toilets are located in disable car park. Small village store on Fenkle Street. Plenty of pubs and accommodation on Holy Island.


We will spend the day walking around the main part of the island. Although it isn’t far you will need to carry all of your gear. Walking will be on a mixture of surfaces including sand, rocks, grass and concrete. It is approximately 10 minutes walk from the main car park to the meeting point. A reasonable level of agility / mobility is required for this workshop.


If you’re travelling to the region I can recommend the following accommodation from personal experience:

The Crown & Anchor Inn, Market Place, Holy Island. A cosy bar with top quality cask ales and great local food! Various rooms for bed & breakfast. http://www.holyislandcrown.co.uk/

Olde School House Bed & Breakfast. This is owned by the same family who operate the boats I use for my Farne Islands photography workshops:

Beadnell Towers, situated in the heart of the delightful village of Beadnell on the Northumberland coast and is only a short walk from some of Britain’s most beautiful, unspoilt beaches.

Self Catering cottage ‘The Old Granary’ in Seahouses. For more information, photographs and booking, please click here.

Whitton Cottage situated in the heart of the Northumberland National Park.

The Kestrel and Kingfisher lodges are very well located between Alnwick and Morpeth in Northumberland. Please contact me if you are interested and I’ll pass your details directly to the owners.
Kestrel Lodge, Felmoor Park.
Kingfisher Lodge, Felmoor Park.

Lindisfarne Priory Barn Owl
Barn Owl, Lindisfarne Priory

Birds of prey are amongst the most exciting, fascinating and enjoyable subjects you’ll ever photograph! I’ve put together this amazing photography workshop where you can photograph a range of these magnificent birds in stunning heritage settings on the historical Holy Island of Lindisfarne.

While I don’t believe a photograph of a captive bird should be passed as being in the wild, I do think that helping photographers to get more interesting photographs is a much better format than many falconry and birds of prey centres operate. There will be no photographs of birds sitting on gloved hands or on blocks and perches in enclosures. This birds of prey workshop is designed by a wildlife photographer and a professional falconer who understands the needs and wishes of photographers.

As usual, I keep group sizes small enough for tuition and I’ll be on hand at all times to advise on techniques and settings to ensure you take some fantastic photographs.

Eagle Owl Holy Island
Eagle Owl, Holy Island

On the 14th August workshop the Holy Island causeway will be safe to cross from 01.50am to 10.55am then again from 2.40pm.Check Tides!.

For this workshop we’ll meet at the ‘Window on Wild’ Lindisfarne building near the harbour on Holy Island at 9am.

On the 25th September workshop the Holy Island causeway will be safe to cross until 9am then again from 1.20pm.Check Tides!.

For this workshop we’ll meet at the ‘Window on Wild’ Lindisfarne building near the harbour on Holy Island at 9.00am.

Workshops will run for approximately 6-7 hours and we’ll be cut off from the mainland by the tide, it’s a lot more peaceful!

We’ll start with a few introductions and discuss our plans for the day in more detail. We’ll spend a little bit of time on a camera settings and techniques then meet some of our incredible raptor subjects for the day. The finer plans will very much depend on the light we are working with but in general we’ll spend time the around the harbour area which has an abundance of old dilapidated boats, sheds and many artifacts of the island’s traditional fishing heritage. These make for fascinating perches for the birds to pose on.

We’ll also use some of the dry stone walls and fences to photograph the birds with a back drop of the ruins of the historical Lindisfarne Priory and Lindisfarne Castle. These iconic Northumberland scenes provide a great opportunity to mix in some landscape photography techniques.

Kestrel, Holy Island
Kestrel, Holy Island

As with all of my workshops I will contact you in advance to determine your level of knowledge and discuss anything specific you’d like to learn. However, if you think of something during the workshop, just let me know and I’ll help as we go along. By the end of the workshop we will have increased your confidence and knowledge on how you can use your camera equipment to take some fantastic photographs. After the workshop I am always happy and willing to keep in touch with people to offer any ongoing help and feedback.

Video by Stevie Beats

Please note, this itinerary may be subject to changes depending upon circumstances which may be out of my control.

Please ensure you have read and understood our workshop terms and conditions before you make a booking. Some of the photographs shown on this page contain surroundings and foliage which are subject to seasonal variations.

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