An image of one of the kestrels, perched on a gate post, captured by Ian Roberts, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

We ran our Autumn Birds of Prey workshop a little later than usual to try & get more autumnal colours. Ian enjoyed our Spring Birds of Prey workshop so much that he decided to join us again.
An image of one of the little owls, captured by Ian Roberts, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop
The workshop started with our usual 2 hours Saturday taster session. The weather forecast didn’t look great, so we brought the workshop forward to avoid the worst of the rain.

We kept the sessions short so that the birds wouldn’t get too wet. Some, like the peregrine falcon & kestrel, didn’t seem to be bothered by the rain as you can see below. I love how Ian has captured the water on the birds’ heads.
A tight head shot of the peregrine falcon, captured by Ian Roberts, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop
One of the kestrels in the rain, captured by Ian Roberts, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop jpg
An image of one of the kestrels, perched on a gate post, captured by Ian Roberts, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop
For the main workshop on Sunday, the weather conditions were much improved. We even got some sunshine just before lunch!
An image of the barn owl posed on an old barn door, captured by Ian Roberts, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop
An image of the barn owl peering out at the photographers from an old barn door, captured by Ian Roberts, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop
We brought along some props to keep things fresh & to help with teaching composition & exposure. The pace was very relaxed with tuition provided for those who wanted it.
An image of the barn owl posed on a vintage water pump, captured by Ian Roberts, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop
An image of the little owl peeking through the spokes of a vintage cart wheel, captured by Ian Roberts, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop
Ian said “This is one workshop that’s worthwhile in getting close to the birds, experimenting with exposure, and learning to capture birds in flight. If you have the time, do it.”
The buzard takes a break from it's feast to look around, captured by Ian Roberts, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

Running the Birds of Prey workshop a week later made a difference. Look at the gorgeous colours!

An image of the long eared owl posed on a tree trunk, captured by Ian Roberts, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

An image of the tawny owl perched within a hidey hole in an old tree, captured by Ian Roberts, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

For the grand finale, the group got to hone their birds in flight skills with a Great Grey Owl. This image of the owl taking off is beautiful with the lovely wing shape & the face.

An image of the great grey owl taking flight, captured by Ian Roberts, on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

Join the Spring Birds of Prey Workshop

To photograph these birds & many others for yourself, join Sean Weekly, one of the most active members of the NaturesLens guiding team, in Wales, during May 2018 for a workshop spread over a weekend; this photography workshop will offer you the opportunity to capture images of the various birds of prey that our falconer has available; the NaturesLens Spring Birds of Prey Workshop costs £225 per participant.

All the details of the Spring Birds of Prey Workshop are available on the dedicated event page.