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Welsh Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

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Welsh Birds of Prey Photography Workshop

For the fourth year running, NaturesLens are running a Birds of Prey Photography Workshop at the venue that we use in Mid-Wales.

For 2015, the NaturesLens Welsh Birds of Prey Photography Workshop is timed to allow for the photography of the birds in autumnal coloured woodlands. Accompanied by a dedicated falconer, this is a fantastic opportunity for photographers of all levels of ability to get up close & personal with some amazing & charismatic avian predators both perched & in flight. Female Buzzard looking down on kill as photographed during the NaturesLens Welsh Birds of Prey Photography workshop Our highly experienced falconer who is always present, may even be able to accommodate special requests. We have access to plenty of beautiful backgrounds, natural perches, derelict buildings, fields, fencing & a fantastic quarry setting to ensure a good variety of shots. Peregrine Falcon sat in stone quarry. Photograph taken during the NaturesLens Welsh Birds of Prey Photography workshop There will be a mix of flying & static shots – we will endeavour to make use of a selection of the following species Buzzard, Red Kite, Peregrine, Merlin, Hobby, Tawny Owl, Kestrel, Long Eared Owl & a brief session with the Short Eared Owl, plus at the end of the day we will have allowed time for photography of the Great Grey Owl – for this beautiful bird, you will have the opportunity for both perched & in-flight shots. Flying Great Grey Owl photographed during the NaturesLens Welsh Birds of Prey Photography workshop The photography sessions will take place in a variety of locations, but should include the quarry backdrop, derelict farm buildings, autumnal coloured woodlands, old moss covered trees, fencing & farm gates covered with lichen. Little Owl on mossy tree photographed during the NaturesLens Welsh Birds of Prey Photography workshop You will be able to get incredibly close to most of these charismatic birds of prey for some eye level frame filling portraits with natural backgrounds. But you are not limited to portrait shots alone, birds in their natural environment shots are also a key part of the workshop. Our falconer will do his best to hide the jesses to make the shots look as natural as possible. Long Eared Owl peering around tree. Image taken during the NaturesLens Welsh Birds of Prey Photography workshop We will meet at 9.30am, the Welsh Birds of Prey Photography Workshop will start at 10am & run through until 1pm, when we will take a quick lunch to avoid the midday to early afternoon light. The session will resume at 2pm until 4pm to get some nice light.

All photos on this page were taken by NaturesLens & are representative of the opportunities available should you choose to join us on this workshop.

Great Grey Owl Photography in Evening Light

For those who would like to cram in as much photography as possible over the weekend, NaturesLens would like to invite you to join us for a few hours of Owl Photography in the late afternoon/early evening of the Saturday. This will be an intensive 2 – 2 ½ hour session with the stunning Great Grey Owl in a variety of locations. The cost of this session is £80 per person. If you are interested in participating in our Great Grey Owl photography in evening light, please register your interest on our events page.

Non-photographic Spectators

We can accommodate a maximum of two spectators at the Welsh Birds of Prey Photography Workshop – they must be accompanying a paying photographer & will be charged at £60 per person[/su_tab] [su_tab title=”Further Information”]

Welsh Birds of Prey Photography Workshop Availability

Maximum 7 photographers – Spaces available

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Great Grey Owl Photography in Evening light

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Great Grey Owl with curled wings taken during the NaturesLens Great Grey Owl Photography session

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Great Grey Owl Photography in Evening Light Photography Workshop

The NaturesLens Great Grey Owl Photography in Evening Light Photography Workshop will take place during the evening prior to our main September Welsh Birds of Prey Photography Workshop. It is our intention for this workshop to focus on an extended session with a beautiful Great Grey Owl, an owl which is always a favourite subject on our owl workshops. The emphasis will be on achieving some really special, high quality images in gorgeous evening light.  The Great Grey Owl or Great Gray Owl is a very large owl, documented as the world’s largest species of owl by length. It is distributed across the Northern Hemisphere.

The 2 – 2½ hour workshop will begin with us photographing this striking owl on some perches & old posts. For the next part of the workshop, we will relocate to some nearby woodland & photograph our subject in it’s natural habitat, including hopefully the elusive peeking round the tree shot. Staying on or on the edges of the woodland, we will try for some flight shots. These can be challenging but generally work brilliantly, affording attendees some amazing shots which show off the wing span of the bird. At this point the Great Grey Owl will be fed, allowing for some great shots of the bird feeding, but you have to be quick!

Great Grey Owl flying across grassland photographed during the Great Grey Owl Photography session run by NaturesLens

This NaturesLens Great Grey Owl Photography Workshop will start reasonably late in the afternoon, with the aim of shooting in pleasant early evening light as opposed to the harsher light of the afternoon.

Please note: should the bird not be available, we will substitute in either a barn owl or a little owl & make use of farm buildings & abandoned machinery instead of the woodland locations.

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Great Grey Owl Photography in Evening Light Availability

Maximum 6 photographers – No spaces available

 

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Autumn Welsh Birds of Prey Workshop

Female Buzzard on a kill. Photographed on the NaturesLens Welsh Birds of Prey workshop

Our Welsh Birds of Prey workshop has now been moved to September to enable our guests to photograph the birds in stunning autumnal colours. Since this is the fourth year we have run this workshop, we decided it was time for a change to keep things fresh & interesting.

The location for this Welsh Birds of Prey workshop is a 500-acre working farm in mid Wales with stunning natural backgrounds, natural perches, derelict buildings, open fields & a fantastic quarry providing wonderful colours & textures for a variety of shots.

Little Owl looking over textured tree photographed during the Welsh Birds of Prey workshop run by NaturesLens

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