Scottish Photography Hides Workshop - June 2019 - Gary Jones

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A two fold workshop with one day spent in the Kingfisher Hide, with the opportunity to photograph Kingfishers perched and diving for fish. And a day in a woodland hide with the opportunity to photograph woodland bird life such as Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker and much more plus Red Squirrels feeding and jumping.

So here we go, this is what on offer to photograph….

The woodland hide….. Sparrowhawks, Red Squirrel, Jay, Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker and a whole host of woodland birds

Kingfisher Hide….. during June they are right in the middle of the breeding season and action can be fast and furious!

Redstart…. to see a male Redstart up close is a memory never to be forgotten, but to get frame filling images, just out of this world!

Pied Flycatcher ….. watch and photograph these fantastic little migrants as they go about their business in the breeding season.

Stonechat and Whinchat …. high up on the moors, again an opportunity to see and photograph these little birds up close.

Badger …. there is no where else that you will have the opportunity to photograph Badgers so close, and in daylight!

Adder… often very secretive and very rarely seen, an amazing chance to photograph the UKs only venomous Snake right up close.

Tawny Owl and Red Fox…. return to the Woodland hide at night to photograph these two iconic species under lights.

Experience level required: Suitable for all levels really, so long as they have adequate camera equipment (please contact us if you need any advice about equipment)

Equipment requirements: For the Kingfisher hide…… 300mm full frame for Portrait shots, up to 500mm will give really tight shots. For diving Kingfishers focal length will be at about 200mm, so 70-200, 80-400 etc will all suffice. For the Woodland hide, focal lengths of 300mm - 500mm, for the Sparrowhawk shots ideal length would be 500mm. But for this hide I always advise clients take a section of lenses, short and long. For both hides support required ideally needs to be bean bag or a gimbal head on a plate.

Clothing requirements: The hides are very weatherproof, so are dry, it can get quite cool even in summer early morning and late pm so enough layers to stay warm. Footwear, maybe something like walking boots for the woodland hide, the Kingfisher hide is right next to the car park.

What happens if the weather is unsuitable?: It would have to be really bad to stop it, it just becomes more of a challenge if it rains or the light is poor, but in mid June it should not really be an issue.

Summary of what will be learnt: Hopefully a greater appreciation of the wildlife that we see, how to best use the cameras settings to capture wildlife in motion, but also perched and static wildlife portrait shots, learning about composition and bringing the environment into the photos.

Accommodation and lunch not included, although whatever accommodation you choose they may provide packed lunch etc.


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