Sparrowhawk hide Workshop
With exclusive use of a photography hide, this is a full day workshop concentrating on photographing a wide range of birds (and mammals) in a superb woodland setting with a variety of perches and nice backgrounds giving the opportunity to get some really great images.
The star of the show is undoubtedly "Mad Max' an adult male Sparrowhawk who visits virtually daily, sometimes several times in a day. At certain times of the year there may also be visits from juvenile birds as well. "Mad Max" is truly a star, having made an appearance on the BBC's 2015 Autumnwatch. Chris Packham described this Sparrowhawk not only as the best bird as a species, but the best bird in the world as an individual!
This day is not however limited to just the one species. The site is visited by many other types of birds as well as squirrels and I have also photographed a fox right in front of the hide. Other birds regularly seen include Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Siskin, Nuthatch, Goldfinch, Long Tailed Tits, as well as the usual common species. Roe Deer are sometimes seen too.
Limited to just 3 people, there will be plenty of time for individual help and advice with camera settings and techniques, and with constant action on the perches there is always something to photograph. With any wildlife however nothing is guaranteed, and although the Sparrowhawk is the main aim, should he (or they) not make an appearance there is plenty to keep us occupied.
The hide is located near Kircudbright in South West Scotland, just over 2 hours drive from the North East and the day will start by meeting near the hide at about 7.30am ending when the light goes. (Car sharing is possible from the North East).
Equipment needed is lenses up to 500mm, although 300mm will be fine. I tend to use either a 70-200 or 100-400 on a crop sensor body or 500mm on a full frame body in this hide. A bean bag is also needed (it may be possible to borrow one). Although there is not a lot of room in this hide it is possible to use a tripod and gimbal head, most photographers however simply use a bean bag.
The site is accessed by an often wet and muddy path and so boots or wellies are also recommended.
The cost of this full day is £95 each.
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