Bird of Prey Workshop

Bird of Prey Workshop
  • £98 /person
  • Deposit: £40
  • Location: South Shropshire, just outside Clee Hill
  • Dates:
    • 6 November 2017 FULLY BOOKED
    • 28 November 2017
    • 9 December 2017 FULLY BOOKED
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Leader: Janette Hill
  • Group Size: Max of 8
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Overview

Working with one of the most sought after falconers in the country you will have the opportunity to photograph a variety of birds of prey. There will always be a minimum of 6 birds from an extensive collection including Gyr Saker Falcon, British Peregrine Falcon, European Kestrel, Barn Owl, Harris Hawks, African Spotted Eagle Owl, Indian Eagle Owl, American Red Tailed Hawk and Ferruginous Hawk.

You will have an excellent opportunity to create stunning images with Chris Neal who has  a national reputation to share his passion and expert knowledge of birds and local wildlife and advice and guidance for camera techniques from Janette Hill.

Each day will be geared towards what you want.   There will be static shots in natural environments and flight shots also.   We respond to the weather conditions and seasons so no workshop is ever the same.   We offer a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of time to take images  and ask questions and hopefully, have fun!    You will also learn a lot about each different breed of bird.

End the day with great shots and great confidence in your own abilities.

This is what our clients say:

“This Lady organises terrific adventures and the Birds of Prey Workshop is no exception.    Without reservation I am starting my third childhood, I got lost and who rescued me ? Janette, I got confused about white balances and f numbers and who saved me? Janette and all done very gently.    The stars of the day were of course the birds and they were shown to their full potential by Chris Neal.    His and Janette’s experience as great photographers saw to it that we had wonderful and very natural situations to record.     It has to be said the weather was decidedly unkind to man and bird alike but that only really became apparent after we had finished photography for the day.      I whole-heartedly recommend this workshop, it was a marvellous day out.       Thank you Janette and Chris.”

 

“I have just taken part in Janette’s Birds of Prey Workshop at Clee Hill and enjoyed a thoroughly rewarding day.   With a small group we had virtually one to one tuition so we were able to check our settings and make appropriate adjustments regularly.     Janette had a very relaxed and friendly relationship with Chris, the  falconer built up over the years through numerous times of working together.     Chris was very patient with us all, holding the birds up high, flying them from one area to another and providing some stunning natural settings for interesting backdrops.        The birds themselves were absolutely fabulous and a joy to watch regardless of the photographic results.     However, to my surprise I came away with a lot more presentable and even good pictures than I had dared to hope for.    A wonderful experience altogether. Thank you Janette.”

 

“Just been on another of those marvellous Birds of Prey Days in Shropshire with Janette and Falconer Chris Neal.   It goes without saying that the organisation was  absolutely first class and we were blessed with  nigh on perfect weather.  Chris flew a young Harris Hawk  for us to get our “eyes” in and then a beautiful Peregrine Falcon.  The Peregrine was seriously fast and reminded me of that very old advert “that was Shell that was”.  Photographing this lovely bird was a great challenge but Janette was always on hand with advice and  gentle encouragement as ever in her own unobtrusive way.

Later Chris flew an Eagle Owl in surroundings that were ideally suited  to it and this made for very natural photography.  The day was rounded off with an example of hunting using a pair of Harris Hawks  to search hedgerows and trees for prey.  A truly magic day and an opportunity I heartily recommend”

 

Client Testimonials

What You'll Learn

  • Patience!
  • Composition hints and tips
  • Improve your technique
  • Experimentation with different lenses and camera settings
  • The effects of different apertures
  • Which shutter speed to use
  • How to 'see the picture"
  • Confidence, be inspired and stay motivated

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Client Testimonials

  • Geoff

    “Had a great Birds of Prey Workshop with Janette and Chris Neal in Shropshire,stunning birds in amazing condition and Chris was so helpful in every way possible, his bird knowledge is brilliant.   Janette was the perfect host and made sure I got the images I wanted,the highlight for me was the stunning Barn owl who just posed brilliantly in an old stone building.  I would highly reccomend this day. Great company,great birds,a day to remember.  Will look at further workshops”.

  • Peter

    “Just been on another of those marvellous Birds of Prey Days in Shropshire with Janette and Falconer Chris Neal.   It goes without saying that the organisation was  absolutely first class and we were blessed with  nigh on perfect weather.  Chris flew a young Harris Hawk  for us to get our “eyes” in and then a beautiful Peregrine Falcon.  The Peregrine was seriously fast and reminded me of that very old advert “that was Shell that was”.  Photographing this lovely bird was a great challenge but Janette was always on hand with advice and  gentle encouragement as ever in her own unobtrusive way.

    Later Chris flew an Eagle Owl in surroundings that were ideally suited  to it and this made for very natural photography.  The day was rounded off with an example of hunting using a pair of Harris Hawks  to search hedgerows and trees for prey.  A truly magic day and an opportunity I heartily recommend”

  • Hazel

    “I have just taken part in Janette’s Birds of Prey Workshop at Clee Hill and enjoyed a thoroughly rewarding day.   With a small group we had virtually one to one tuition so we were able to check our settings and make appropriate adjustments regularly.     Janette had a very relaxed and friendly relationship with Chris, the  falconer built up over the years through numerous times of working together.     Chris was very patient with us all, holding the birds up high, flying them from one area to another and providing some stunning natural settings for interesting backdrops.        The birds themselves were absolutely fabulous and a joy to watch regardless of the photographic results.     However, to my surprise I came away with a lot more presentable and even good pictures than I had dared to hope for.    A wonderful experience altogether. Thank you Janette.”

  • Mick G

    “An Adventure. Well it was a long drive to the day but when there is so much on offer you have to make an effort.   Arriving at the location and meeting other like minded photographers and Janette we met our host for the day.

    Chris was great, never short of a tale or information. We flew a Gyr/Saker falcon and a Peregrine first and that is a challenge for in flight shots. The afternoon was a little more sedate with the Indian Eagle Owl and Harris Hawks.   A great day and good value for money”

  • Ruth

    “I thoroughly enjoyed the day with you and Chris and am really pleased with the results.  I would definitely love to come back and do it again sometime”

Description

The Bird of Prey Workshops take place in the stunning South Shropshire countryside with Clee Hill as a backdrop.    This workshop will enable photographers to take images of captive birds in carefully selected, natural environments.

Our falconer, Chris Neal, has a national reputation in his field and brings the day alive with his knowledge of the birds and local wildlife.    Both beginners and the more experienced seasoned photographer will come away with great images and new skills.

Tuition is provided by Janette Hill with each day starting with tea, coffee and biscuits and an informal chat about the day ahead.   Everything is geared to what you want and to make each day as enjoyable as possible.    Our aim is always for you to leave with a sense of achievement , to be inspired and to feel that you have learned something.    If you learn just one thing, whether it is about the birds or photography, that is good!   Simply, we want you to enjoy your day!

A minimum of 6 birds will be used in each workshop from an extensive collection including the  African Spotted Eagle Owl, American Redtailed Hawk, Indian Eagle Owl, Gyr x Saker Falcons, Peregrin Falcon, European Kestrel, Harris Hawks, Barn Owl and Ferruginous Hawk.    In the breeding season there are sometimes very young birds available to shoot.  We also often shoot birds in pairs

We break at lunchtime for more tea, coffee and biscuits to discuss the mornings shoot and deal with any queries before moving on accommodate your wishes as best we can and continue to shoot static and flight shots until the end of the day at about 4.00pm.       

 

BIRDS OF PREY ONE TO ONE EXPERIENCES        We can arrange one to ones if required.   Our one to ones are like no others with a VIP experience for the photographer who wants exclusive access or has specific requirements or  absolute beginners who require individual tuition.     You will have exclusive access to Janette PLUS exclusive access to the birds and an expert falconer.  This really is a special day.    Please just call or email for further information to discuss your requirements.

  • Included
  • Work with one of the most sought after Falconers in the Country
  • Opportunity to photograph captive birds in natural static environments and in flight
  • Tea, coffee and biscuits
  • Tuition as required
  • Public liability Insurance
  • Excluded
  • Lunch - the location is remote so you will need to bring a packed lunch
  • Personal Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Day 1
    • 9.45 - 10.00 Meet Up and transfer to location
    • 10.15 Tea, Coffee, Biscuits and chat about the day
    • 10.30 Morning shoot
    • 13.00 Lunch and discussion. More tea, coffee and biscuits.
    • 13.45 Afternoon shoot
    • 16.00 End of days shoot. Catch up time to chat about the day before going home.
    • NB. Please note that the days itinerary will be flexible depending on the particular workshop, ability, weather and personal choices. Our aim is for each and everyone to have a great day out whatever the workshop or level of ability.
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