Ospreys & Raptors a two day workshop July 29th 30th 2017,
2017 price freeze for the 3rd year running 11 places
4 places available for the two day trip £490pp
4 places available for 29th one day only £250pp
4 places available for 30th one day only £250pp
A non-refundable £90 deposit will be required at point of booking balance due 4 weeks before workshop date.
Persons booked for the two day and one day 29th are able to meet up on the 28th friday evening at my BB for teas coffee and cake, persons booked for 28th only will meet at hide 04.15am location meeting point will be given once booked
Please note : The diving Osprey hides are located at a private location and not at Rothiemurchus fishery,
I can say with confidence that this workshop has produced more dives than any other Osprey workshops in 2015 over two mornings from 6am to 8.30am 18 dives, with 2016 same times two mornings 23 dives so fingers crossed for 2017,
Ospreys and raptors group workshop 2017, Main hide 8 persons Small hide 3 persons rotating Location, Aviemore Scottish highlands
Price does not include your accommodation but i stay at Ardlogie guest house in Aviemore
5 rooms available so book early it can be hard to find accommodation within months of your booked workshop dates.
http://www.ardlogie.co.uk/ 28th / 29th July sorry this accommodation is now full
Alternative BBs guest houses to try Spey bank BB, which is the next BB to where im staying or Mackenzies highland inn, Vermount guest house, July Aug is a popular time in Aviemore so book ASAP
Monthly payments can be arranged
i can arrange your B/B where i will be staying only 5 rooms a first come basis. FULL
This workshop proved to be very popular in 2015-16 and i had to turn a good few photographers away (late booking and on the day) to make sure you get a place on this workshop it's best to book early,
The new private flying area within a pine wooded area for the Raptor part of the workshop went down very well this year with all the photographers, with locked gates behind us and the birds were able to fly freely.
A non-refundable £90 deposit will be required at point of booking, please read T/C, by paying your deposit you have agreed with the TC, workshop price does not include accommodations or B/B.
This is one of the best hide locations in the UK for getting diving / fishing Ospreys shots, this private hide is located in the heart of Aviemore in the Scottish highland's. please note it's not a fishery or part of Rothiemurchus but a purpose built hide just for fishing Ospreys.
The hide is a purpose built hide with fishing Ospreys in mind, the hide is built into the ground so that your head and camera are at water level giving you that unique low down straight shot of the Osprey with its prey (trout). we have radios in the hide and a spotter outside telling us when an Osprey is overhead and ready to dive this gives us that extra time to get ready for the plunge.
The workshop is timed to correspond with the young Ospreys leaving the nest but this does change each year. This is the best time for you to watch and photograph the adult female teaching her young to dive for fish and some Ospreys will still be in the nest so the adults will try and persuade them to leave by catching fish but not taking it to the nest but nearby perch in a tree, this then calls for a lot of fishing to be done and we will be waiting for them.
Ospreys are very vocal and you at times will here them before you see them, they will use all the pond area to fish, when they dive they come down at some speed with a great plunge and splash its after the splash that you want to start taking your shots but easy said then done these birds are fast, you don't want to fire of your camera fill the buffer just to have a load of splashed shots where you can't see the bird, then the Osprey flies out of the splash with trout in talons' flies right by you but now you can't take a shot your card is still buffing, SO its all about timing and if you are lucky one diving Osprey my do a false dive and hover briefly above the water then fly slowly over the pond "happy days".
There will be a introduction to camera settings for those that are staying from the Friday 17th evening it will be held at Ardlogie guest house Aviemore, this will help you before your early morning workshops please let me know if you wish to come along.
Your workshop will start on a Saturday early morning 04.30am.
Both Sat/Sunday mornings will start early around 04:30am at the Osprey fishing hide (this is not at Rothiemurchus) I will give you the location near the time of your workshop, here you will get the chance to photograph fishing Ospreys and flight shots with a trout within their talons as they fly by the hide, in 2014 we had 10 dives over the two days and a few false dives, the false dives gives you the opportunity for flight shots over the water.
Full tuition within the hide will be given at all times, covering ISO, speed, exposures, and the right white balance.
We should be finished by 08.30 am , after you can head back to your B/Bs for breakfast then at 12.00 noon saturday and 11am sunday we will meet and get ready for the Raptor workshop (locations will be given on the day) this will be held in woodlands or on a hill side.
On one of the days hopefully we will be flying a Bald eagle within a private wooded area and static shots, we will be up in the hills for static birds only, on both days you will have the opportunity to photograph many different raptors , Golden eagle, Bald eagle, Goshawk, American Kestrels pair, Peregrine falcon UK , Eagle owl, Bachelor eagle, ferruginous hawk and if we are lucky a Hobby, this is a list of Raptors I use on the workshop and not all will attended each day one or two my be in a breeding programme but this will only be two out of the list and new Raptors are always available each year,
late afternoons you are free to head off to other locations of interest which i will point out to you, on Saturday evening after dinner I will be on hand at my B/B to view your days images on laptop over tea coffee or something stronger,
What do you need
Bean bag for Osprey hide and tripod / monopod for Raptors , lenses Ospreys 70-200mm with 2x TC, on a APS-C sensor camera body, 300mm + TC 1.4 or 2x, full frame camera or cropped sensor, 400 and 500mm a 600mm lens if you want to get up close. For Raptors any lens from 70-200 upwards theses' birds are only a few feet from you and depends on how close or far away you want to be. waterproof clothing and footwear miggy net / spray - creams for head face and hands, lots of cards and batteries and you can always take your chargers and charge them at your own accommodations the night before, drinks and food for the day.
Please note that one or two birds in the Raptor part of the workshop may change from listed birds, this will be due to the condition of the birds on the day. Workshop will go ahead if windy or raining but if weather is too windy like 40 mph and above then more time may be given at the hide, Raptor area is fairly sheltered and easy to move around.