Birds of prey are amongst the most exciting, fascinating and enjoyable subjects you’ll ever photograph! I’ve put together this amazing all day photography workshop where you can photograph a range of these magnificent birds in stunning natural settings in rural Northumberland.
While I don’t believe a photograph of a captive bird should be passed off 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. No distracting fabricated sheds or crowds of people in the backgrounds! This birds of prey workshop is designed by a wildlife photographer and a professional falconer who both understand 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.
I recommend a interchangeable lens mirrorless or digital SLR camera with a lens of 200mm or more and also a wider angle / mid-range zoom. A tripod or monopod is useful for larger and heavier lenses. Spare batteries and memory cards are an absolute necessity and a rain / weather cover is often worth packing.
Stout outdoor shoes or walking boots are required and warm waterproof clothing. Suntan cream & insect repellant are recommended.
Coronavirus Update: As a result of ongoing restrictions and Government advice, we are unable to follow the ‘normal’ itinerary for this photography workshop.
Instead, the full day will be based at the falconry centre. We’ll be using the same birds and we’ll be working in very similar locations / habitats but within very short walking distances of the centre.
Please ensure you bring face mask/s and hand sanitiser. The toilets at the falconry centre are presently out of use. The facilities within Haggerston Castle must be used instead.
Please contact me if you require any information about these itinerary changes.
We will start at 9.30am and continue until around 4pm with a short break for lunch. Please bring a packed lunch and drinks. Coffee or tea is available at the falconry centre.
Full details including location, car parking and confirmed itinerary will be sent before the dates of the workshop.
There is car parking and toilets at the birds of prey centre. Please note, during the morning session we will be out in the Northumberland countryside and there will be no toilet facilities available.
Please bring a packed lunch and cold drinks. Tea and coffee will be available at the birds of prey centre.
Very little walking is required for the majority of this workshop.
However, we do work on rough ground so this workshop is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with impaired mobility.
Please contact me for accommodation recommendations.
Please note, this itinerary may be subject to changes depending upon circumstances which may be out of my control. This photography workshop has been known for photographing birds in front of Routin’ Linn waterfall. Unfortunately, access has become increasingly difficult and dangerous due to fallen trees which have degraded the footpath and we have had to remove this from the itinerary. That’s not to say it won’t happen but we can no longer include it for certain.
Some of the photographs shown on this page contain subjects, surroundings and foliage which are subject to seasonal variations.