Northumberland Birds of Prey Photography Workshop, Rural
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|2018 Dates & Prices:||TBA|
|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.|
I recommend a digital SLR (or mirrorless) camera with a lens of 200mm or more and a wider angle / mid range zoom. A tripod is essential for our waterfall session and a remote release is useful but not essential. Spare batteries and memory cards are an absolute necessity and a rain / weather cover is often worth packing.
Wellies are recommended for our waterfall session. Stout outdoor shoes or walking boots are also required and warm waterproof clothing. Suntan cream & insect repellant can be useful, just in case!
Our base and meeting point will be Andy Howey’s Birds of Prey Centre within the Haggerston Castle holiday resort near Berwick upon Tweed in Northumberland.
Haggerston Castle Holiday Park,
There is ample 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. The exception is the path to the waterfall which requires a short walk. The footpath is a steep descent so a good level of agility / mobility is required for this part of the workshop.
As a result this workshop is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with impaired mobility.
If you’re travelling to the region I can recommend the following accommodation from personal experience:
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.
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 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.
We’ll meet up at around 9.30am at our Birds of Prey Centre which is located just off the A1 a few miles south of Berwick upon Tweed in Northumberland. We’ll start with a few introductions over tea and coffee, discuss a few camera settings and meet some of our incredible raptor subjects for the day!The first half of the day will be spent out in the Northumberland countryside. After a short drive we’ll stop at various locations to photograph some of the birds in woodland areas, interesting photogenic trees and dry stone walls covered in lichens and mosses. We’ll take one of the birds down to a beautiful waterfall too. This presents a fabulous photographic opportunity as well as a valuable learning experience. We’ll delve into your cameras full manual exposure mode – it’s a challenge to keep the bird sharp and blur the falling water in the background!
During the second half of the day we’ll photograph the birds back in the locality of the Birds of Prey Centre where we have a range of natural perches, tree stumps and hollowed tree trunks. We’ll also aim to photograph the beautiful barn owls in flight and in an old abandoned building.
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. Rain and adverse weather may mean the waterfall session is cancelled. Access in wet conditions is dangerous and excessive spray from the falls can also cause harm to the birds, e.g. hypothermia.
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.