Holy Island Birds of Prey Photography Workshop


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Birds of prey are incredibly exciting, fascinating and beautiful subjects to photograph. Our rural Northumberland Birds of Prey photography days have been incredibly succesful year on year so we are delighted to return this Holy Island workshop after a temporary break due to buidling work at Lindisfarne Castle.

This workshop is aimed at photographers who wish to learn techniques associated with wildlife photography. It is ideal for beginners who wish to learn the basics of exposure and more knowledgeable photographers who wish to expand their skills on autofocus modes, creative exposure and composition, for example.

We’ll be ‘marooned’ on Holy Island when the tide cuts us off from the mainland. It’s the best time to be on the island as visitor numbers drop considerably. Throughout the day we will photograph a range of birds amongst the wonderful colours and textures of some of the remnants of the island’s fishing heritage – old dilapidated boats, sheds, rusting anchors, lobster pots and coils of old ropes, for example. We’ll also use the wonderful historic Lindisfarne Abbey and Castle as dramatic backdrops with birds perched on rocks, stone walls and fences. 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.

Buzzard, Holy Island Photography Workshop

Common Buzzard, Lindisfarne Castle.

Recommended Equipment

I recommend a interchangeable lens mirrorless or digital SLR camera with a lens of around 200mm and 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 also required and warm waterproof clothing. Suntan cream & insect repellant can be useful, just in case!

Short Eared Owl, Holy Island Photography Workshop

Short-eared Owl, Holy Island.


Start times will vary due to the tide, specific instructions are provided for each date. We’ll start with a few introductions and discuss a few camera settings and techniques as a group. I will then work with each person throughout the course of the day to increase your understanding. 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.

A confirmed itinerary will be sent before the dates of the workshop.

Barn Owl, Holy Island Photography Workshop

Barn Owl, Herring Boat Sheds, Holy Island.

What our clients have to say…

Thanks for an absolutely fabulous Farne Islands Workshop. You are brilliant, you taught me things I did not know about my own camera and your instruction was second to none. Your knowledge of wildlife and wildlife photography was exceptional. From settings to techniques and strategy for the perfect photo. I though I had caught some good shots but in the cold light of day they turned out to be fabulous.

I am very pleased, and would recommend your course to anyone. Many many thanks!

Robert Black

Thank you so much for a great workshop out at the Farne Islands, we enjoyed ourselves more than we can say. Thanks to the amendments you made to our camera settings we managed to get several really good shots, including the one where the gull was trying to steal a fish from a guillemot’s beak.

We will definitely come back to the Farne Islands and have a different perspective on composition next time.

Carl & Lorraine Dunkley

Whether you are a photographer, or just a wildlife enthusiast this is a perfect trip to get up close to the wonderful nature of Northumberland and the Farnes. This fantastic day out is a must see for anyone visiting the area! We had a fantastic day, saw some lovely wildlife sights and got some amazing opportunities for photographs. The trip’s tailored approach, and limited places make it brilliant value for money.

It was a perfect day and I would definitely recommend it – and I’ll hopefully be going again soon!

Emma Brown

Alan, you certainly didn’t fail to deliver the goods on Saturday over on the Farne Islands, wow what a magical day! Weather was great, the seals were adorable, company was excellent. And the Dolphins… magical!

You helped get the pictures as well!! What more could you ask for. Winning the lottery couldn’t have put a bigger smile on my face! This day was absolutely fab and I will remember forever. Roll on the Kenyan trip!

Thanks for an absolutely fab fab day Alan!

June Shaw


There is car parking (approx £5) and toilets on Holy Island. Please bring a packed lunch and drinks.

Barn Owl, Holy Island Photography Workshop

Barn Owl & Lobster Pots, Holy Island.


We will be walking between locations around the harbour and towards Lindisfarne Castle so a reasonable level of fitness is required for this workshop.

We also work on rough ground so this workshop is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with impaired mobility.

Recommended Accommodation

If you need to look for accommodation, I can recommend the Olde School House Bed & Breakfast. This is owned by the same family who operate the boats I use for my Farne Islands photography workshops

Little Owl, Holy Island Photography Workshop

Little Owl, Holy Island

Important Notes

Please note, this itinerary may be subject to changes depending upon circumstances which may be out of my control. Some of the photographs shown on this page contain surroundings and foliage which are subject to seasonal variations.

In the event of inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances which affect access to Holy Island, this itinerary will be replaced with the Northumberland Birds of Prey Photography Workshop.

Additional information


26th May 2022

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