Bird Of Prey Photography Days

In The Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire

with Photographer Steve Coomes

Bluebell - Great Grey Owl at Thoresby Park
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Photographing birds of prey in the wild, is wonderful. Although it can be challenging and frustrating, if you are not prepared. Our photography days are designed for photographers of all levels of expertise, looking to practice and finesse the skill of photographing birds of prey in both static and flying compositions. The day offers the opportunity to be better prepared, for the next time out photographing wild birds of prey. Or if you are very comfortable with capturing wild birds of prey in flight, the day offers a chance to photograph some different raptors in stunning locations.

We have a beautiful location for you. The historical and simply stunning Thoresby Park, in Nottinghamshire, part of Sherwood Forest is the perfect place. Thoresby provides a wide variety of natural habitats to photograph in and we aim to respond to the weather conditions and seasons so that every workshop provides different opportunities.

Each day features around 10 birds, with a mixture of native and non-native species. We start at 10:30am and finish around 4pm. The day starts indoors with an illustrated talk, with photographer Steve Coomes, who will be on hand throughout day, if you need assistance. The short talk by Steve, focuses on camera settings and composition. You will then head out to meet the birds and start by taking static, portrait and flying shots of the birds in beautiful natural settings.

As the day progresses, after lunch, we move onto the more challenging flight shots, with a wide range of birds and flying styles, in different environments.

We aim to keep group sizes to around 6 photographers. If you would like to have someone come with you to spectate, this is no problem – we do limit one spectator for each photographer, to keep the group as small as possible.

To reserve a space on a future workshop please contact us via 01584 777299 or email experience@hawkeyefalconry.co.uk. Payment is taken on the day.

CLUB DAYS: If you organise a photography club we are able to do exclusive days just for your members at discounted rates, please contact us to discuss.

GIFT VOUCHERS can be purchased now via the link below and redeemed for a future date at the recipients leisure (valid for 18 months). We will rearrange if the weather is forecast to be bad.

Photographers £98 (paid on day)

Spectators £20

Purchase As A Gift Voucher

2024 Dates

Saturday 24th February - FULL

Friday 1st March - FULL

Saturday 16th March - FULL

Sunday 17th March - FULL

Saturday 20th April - 1 space

Wednesday 22nd May - FULL

Wednesday 26th June - FULL

Sunday 29th September - FULL

Saturday 19th October - FULL

Sunday 20th October - FULL

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A Selection of Photos (From Previous Workshops)
Some Previous Feedback …
Thank you for an excellent day. We hope you had a decent journey home.
We really enjoyed our day despite the dull light and rain. Meeting the birds was amazing but we were so much more comfortable shooting because of the research you had asked us to do beforehand and the instruction and advice you gave before we left the building.
Having downloaded the almost 600 images from me and almost the same number from Janice, we are amazed at the quality of the images. I don’t want to give you the impression that we have taken competition winners, or that we have no duds whatsoever, but in our previous experience we have had no success at all. We now have some images that appear to have some merit, in our eyes, despite the extreme iso values that I didn’t know existed!
Once we have had chance to tidy some up I’ll send you copies. Thanks again for a memorable day. I hope that we can attend more of your workshops before too long.
Trevor & Janice

A quick note to say thanks for a great day of falconry photography today. I really enjoyed it and got some great shots. I will make sure to send some over to you soon!

John

Thanks you so much for the excellent photo day yesterday.

I am now just starting to sort through the many pictures I took, and from a first look I think I have some really pleasing images (amongst all the ones with missed focus).  There are a couple that I like and I have no doubt that there will be others on my “keepers” list once I go through them all…

Thanks again and keep up the good work

Bob

Just a quick thank you from Andy and myself for yesterday’s brilliant Birds of Prey workshop.
We both had a fabulous day and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. How you managed to organise the weather is beyond us.
We are off today for some slightly more sedate Landscape images, we both think a more gentlemanly pastime given the speed that most things yesterday were happening at.
Bill

Please accept my heartfelt thanks for such an inspiring day yesterday, it truly was an outstanding experience, even apart from the opportunity to photograph such magnificent birds in delightful countryside.
Besides the experience your thoughtful input on technique and camera settings made my resultant photos so much more than they otherwise would be! Out of the 400 odd shots that I rattled off, I have some possible competition entry standard action shots, besides many “snaps” of a very memorable day.
This is so much more than a day out, and an experience I will be recommending to anyone with an interest in wild life photography, and one I would want to repeat!
David

Thanks for a great day Sunday, really enjoyed it. It was a pleasure to meet you again.

Will see you both again next year. All the best to you.

Phil