Owls of the world workshop
Location, West Lothian
Owls of the world masterclass, full camera tuition
All workshops will start from end of Sept 2019 this allows the owls to finish molting and in perfect condition for the workshops
1-2-1s 1-2-2s and groups
1-2-1 £200 dates to suit 09.30am to 15.30pm
1-2-2 £180pp dates to suit 09.30 to 15.30pm
Groups 6 max 4 min £130pp dates to suit . 09:30am to 15:30pm
£50pp non-refundable deposit will be required at point of booking. please read T/C
£100pp dates to be arranged
Fingers crossed for snow this year
Great grey, Snowy owl, Ural owl,
these workshops will be notified by social media, my newsletter or you can send me your email and i will inform you at the time you can do this from my contact page
Get close and get to know these wonderful birds, each one of these owls have their own personality, the tough one like the Great horned owl or the shy and lovable Milky owl, some stand only a few inches high and some are a couple of feet, but no dough everyone always have their favorite owl, the handler will tell you all the facts on each owl from where in the world it lives to what food they eat, also not all owls are nocturnal have a look at their eyes there's a clue".
Photography is not just taking a picture it pays to know about your subject and subject knowledge will help you in the world. this workshop is designed to help you put them skills together. You will be able to get up close to these wonderful birds and have a go at holding one on a glove.
In this workshop you have the opportunity to pick 5 individual owls from a list provided, each owl will be taken to a wooded area within the location of the Owl center and placed in a suitable perched location, each owl will be photographed as if its in its natural surrounding environment.
Great grey owl, Eagle owl, Long-eared owl, Barn owl, Tawny owl, African spotted eagle owl, Brown wood owl, Little owl, snowy owl, Ural owl, Tengmalms owl, Tropical screech owl, White faced owl,
The Snowy owl Great grey owl Ural owl are mainly used for the winter workshop in the snow dates are given on my newsletter or social media when the snow conditions are right
please note some owls may be at time of your workshop be in molting condition if so we will change the owl, the list of Owls available can change from week to week
your day will start by looking at your camera settings and getting to know what is what and how it works from Aperture, Aperture compensation, shutter speed, ISO, White balance, Depth-of-field, exposure and light, tuition will be on hand all day,
On the day you will need lenses of 200mm and above but no more than 400mm, a tripod is a must in low light and within the woods, a shutter cable, walking boots or wellies warm clothing in winter, waterproof, plenty of SD/CF cards.
Please bring your own food and drinks, plenty of parking within the owl canter
Owls have large forward-facing eyes and ear-holes; a hawk-like beak; a flat face; and usually a conspicuous circle of feathers, a facial disc, around each eye.
The feathers making up this disc can be adjusted in order to sharply focus sounds that come from varying distances onto the owls' asymmetrically placed ear cavities. Most birds of prey have eyes on the sides of their heads, but the stereoscopic nature of the owl's forward-facing eyes permits the greater sense of depth perception necessary for low-light hunting. Although owls have binocular vision, their large eyes are fixed in their sockets—as are those of other birds—so they must turn their entire head to change views. As owls are farsighted, they are unable to see clearly anything within a few centimeters of their eyes. Caught prey can be felt by owls with the use of filoplumes—like feathers on the beak and feet that act as "feelers". Their far vision, particularly in low light, is exceptionally good.
Owls can rotate their heads and necks as much as 270 degrees. Owls have fourteen neck vertebrae as compared to 7 in humans which makes their necks more flexible. They also have adaptations to their circulatory systems, permitting rotation without cutting off blood to the brain: the formalin in their vertebrae through which the vertebral arteries pass are about 10 times the diameter of the artery, instead of about the same size as the artery as in humans; the vertebral arteries enter the cervical vertebrae higher than in other birds, giving the vessels some slack; and the carotid arteries unite in a very large anatomists or junction, the largest of any bird's, preventing blood supply from being cut off while the neck is rotated. Other anastomoses between the carotid and vertebral arteries support this effect.
The smallest owl—weighing as little as 31 grams (1 oz) and measuring some 13.5 centimeters (5 in)—is the elf owl (Micrathene whitneyi). Around the same diminutive length, although slightly heavier, are the lesser known long-whiskered owlet (Xenoglaux loweryi) and Tamaulipas pygmy owl (Glaucidium sanchezi).The largest owl by length is the great grey owl (Strix nebulosa), which measures around 70 cm (28 in) on average and can attain a length of 84 cm (33 in).However, the heaviest (and largest winged) owls are two similarly-sized eagle owls; the Eurasian eagle-owl (Bubo bubo) and Blakiston's fish owl (B. blakistoni). These two species, which are on average about 2.53 cm (1.00 in) shorter in length than the great grey, can both attain a wingspan of 2 m (6.6 ft) and a weight of 4.5 kg (10 lb) in the largest females.
Different species of owls make different sounds; this wide range of calls aids owls in finding mates or announcing their presence to potential competitors, and also aids ornithologists and birders in locating these birds and recognizing species. As noted above, the facial disc helps owls to funnel the sound of prey to their ears. In many species, these discs are placed asymmetrically, for better directional location. The plumage of owls is generally cryptic, but many species have facial and head markings, including face masks, ear tufts and brightly colored irises. These markings are generally more common in species inhabiting open habitats, and are thought to be used in signalling with other owls in low light conditions.