Hawk Conservancy Trust, Visitor Centre, Sarson Lane, Weyhill,, Andover, United Kingdom
Birds Of Prey
Birds Of Prey
7th October 2021
Thursday, 10:00am to 4:00pm
The trust is home to a large collection of beautiful birds of prey, that provide great subjects for us to capture both whilst they are stationary and also when 'on the wing' ….. flying during the displays.
These flying displays each have different themes and locations, during which different birds are flown and each display offers us different challenges for our photography, which you will be guided through. From low level passes across wild flower meadows; very fast action and multiple birds flying at once; and birds weaving through the woods under reduced light of trees canopy.
We work very much in align with the trusts daily program to ensure we witness events like the vulture breakfast, which take place between the displays.
This workshop has a smaller group size than normal, due to current covid rules. Which allows plenty of time for individual coaching to each photographer, tailored to the individuals level of experience from the beginner onwards.
The workshop remains unchanged.
Group size - x10 maximum.
This workshop also includes on-line resources and a mini-course, to help you progress on your path with photography.
? Your Day
Please note timings are a guide and may change with events on the day at the trust, except for the start and finish times which remain set.
10:00 - 10:15 - Preparation
After a short safety chat, you will be guided through the main camera settings that we shall be using, throughout the day.
10:15 to 11:15 - Session 1 - Vulture Breakfast
We start with capturing the more static birds, to practise the key camera skills and moving to Vulture Restaurant for their at feeding time (it's nowhere near as bad as it sounds!).
11:15 - 12:30 - Session 2 - Wings Of Africa
After being given tips and talked through of what to expect, we practise our camera skills and settings, before we witness our first chance to capture these birds at their best, in flight (on the wing).
A selection of African birds fly over a recreation of the Savannah.
(Worth watching for just the Secretary Bird).
12:30 - 13:15 - Lunch Break
You can either use the 'Features Restaurant' or you bring your own lacked launch.
13:15 - 14:50 - Session 3 - Valley Of The Eagles
After being given tips and talked through of what to expect, we practise our camera skills and settings, before we join the second flying display to capture a different selection of birds, from birds flying on their own, to the sky gradually filling up.
This takes place above a colourful wildflower meadow, which you have a chance to walk through and find a variety of wildlife.
14:50 - 15:00 - Comfort Break
Toilets & tea, in which ever order suits you!
15:00 - 15:30 - Session 4 - Shooting Though Obstacles
We spend a bit of time with tips and guidance on how to shooting through wire fences and glass walls.
15:30 - 16:30 - Session 5 - Woodland Owls
More tips and talk throughs of what to expect, practising our camera skills and settings, before we join the third flying display, capturing a different selection of birds, mostly owls, flown between the trees and below the canopy, giving us a challenge of capturing the birds motions and shooting under darker conditions.
16:30 - 17:30 - Session 6 (Optional)
When the workshop ends at 4:30pm, I will remain for a further hour in case you wish to ask more questions or seek advice about your photography. Or you can join me shooting wild birds from the bird hides, which are 'encouraged' to get close to us with the lure of free food.
You are also welcome to roam the trusts grounds until they close at 5:30pm.
? Subjects Covered
The emphasis during this workshop is looking at how best to capture the beautiful birds both during the flying displays and also when they ae more static. A lot of tips are given on how to best shoot at such locations, which will help you at other venues.
The trust is also home to a great range of wildlife and plants, which may distract us a little if we see something interesting.
? Camera Settings
The settings covered will be tailored for each of those attending and their different levels of experience. Typically the camera modes of Auto/Scenic, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual are used; together with the options of camera settings made available when shooting in each of these.
All you need is your camera with the battery fully charged and your memory card empty of previous images.
I would not recommend you bring a tripod as it will slow you down from capturing the birds in action. But you can use just one tripod leg extended to make a monopod, to help steady you camera.
You will be shown how to shoot hand-held throughout the workshop.
This workshop is for any level of photography experience from the beginner onwards. With a small group, step-by-step instruction, guidance and demonstrations, are tailored to the individuals on the workshop.
I recommend total beginners first join a Beginners Digital Photography workshop to get an appreciation of the main camera settings and allow them to get the most from this Birds Of Prey workshop.
Please ask for details of when these workshops are taking place.
The trust has good access facilities plus tarmac paths throughout. With gentle slopes and access carparking next to the cafe and main entrance. There is also designated viewing areas for wheelchair users for the flying displays.
Access toilets are close by throughout the workshop.
In total the walking distance covered throughout this workshop is a maximum of 0.5 mile/0.8 km).
Please contact me if you need more information.
• October 7th, Thursday, 10:00 to 16:30
• Timings during the day are shown above.
• October 11th, Monday, 19:00 to 21:00
• This is an optional session held live on-line.
• A drop-in and open event for workshops that have took place in the past week.
? Training Support
1 - Pre-Workshop
Before your workshop you will have access to information and check list's to help you prepare for your workshop and get the most from your experience.
2 - Workshop
Your day is made up of small sessions with each made up by:-
• A short explanation in non-technical language of a skill or technique.
• Demonstration of how to do that skill.
• Guided talk-through as you learn that skill.
• Guided coaching to individual delegates as you put that skill into practise with your tutor on-hand for any questions that you may have.
Directly after your workshop you will have a Summary Sheet of all the key points covered and details of an optional on-line live Review Session you can join.
Plus in the on-line resource, you will access to a mini-course series of videos which will take you through what was covered during your workshop, with some guided exercises to help you put your new skills into practise.
Then during the following few months you will sent tips on how to progress further with your photography; sent invites to live on-line Q&A sessions.
This includes the chance to enter a competition and perhaps get your photography displayed in the Annual Autumn Exhibition.
This is more than just a workshop.
With optional extras included to help you progress with your photography.
Your workshop includes:-
• Pre-workshop prep information
• Tailored coaching
• Summary Sheet of the key points
• Invite to optional Review Session
• Follow up progress advice
• Free competition
• Be display in the annual on-line exhibition
Fee - £127.00 (normally £147)
* Due to the current rules, the entrance ticket is not included as you have to book you're own with the trust. Hence the reduction in the workshop fee above.
Please have your workshop place reserved by us BEFORE you purchase you entrance ticket.
? Carers / Guardians.
Access carers without a camera can attend for free and those with a camera, the fee is £63.50, half the full fee.
The same applies for guardians of children under 16 years of age, with a maximum of one child per guardian.