Red Kite Workshop - Dean Bricknell

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Red Kite workshop

Location, Doune, perthshire near Stirling   

All year round, 1-2-1 @ £160 and 1-2-2s @ £130pp a non-refundable deposited £50pp is required at point of booking dates to suit, please read T/C

11.00am to 16.30pm depending when Kites feed  

Here you have the chances to photograph theses impressive raptors of the skies diving and tumbling is an every day occurrence with the Kites.


Spring is the time the Kites start to tumble with each other,  courtship is now on there mines and nest building a few pairs will stay around but most will move away to other breading locations.   


Watch how the adults teach the young Kites how to swoop in on the food but they don't always get it right and this is the time to photograph the Kites on the ground along with young Buzzards. if the young Kites are not confident they will perch them self's around the feeding area relying on the parent Kites to bring them food.


This is the time that the Kites start to come together in large numbers bringing in there young and start to do some flight displaying as if they are happy to see each other again, watch how some of the young Kites start to show of there flying skills all this adds to good photography shots.


Winter is the time for large numbers of Kites 50/60 strong all looking for an easy meal this makes for great group flight shots and when they start to feed its like someone has turned a tap on they all follow each other swooping and diving down on the feed without touching the ground or the snow.    


This workshop looks at two types of shots, flight and feeding. Both types of shots are completely different from each other and needs your camera and setting to be changed to suit, this workshops shows you how on both set ups and how to get them shots.   

The day will start by looking at camera settings covering Shutter speeds, ISO, Exposure, Exposure compensation, Tracking, Focusing, and Focusing modes, then we will move up into the main hide ready for the Kites to move in on the feed.

You will need lenses of 300mm / 500mm for flight shots plus a TC for feeding shots with lenses at 300mm, a bean bag is a must and shutter release, no need for tripod we will be working from the main hide.

Workshops will take place at Argaty Red kites in Doune from 10.30am till 17.00pm you will need warm clothing, please bring your own food/lunch, hot drinks tea coffee can be had at the centre.  

The workshop will start at 11.00 from the visitors centre then we will move up to the main public hide for the rest of the day, a £30pp non-refundable deposit will be required at time of booking, please read the Terms and conditions


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