Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Owl Photographic Day

I had to make a quick and tricky decision over the beginning of the week. Our "Raptor" photographic day was scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, but the weather conditions were forecast to be terrible. Heavy rain all day, gale force winds, and getting darker earlier than it usually does this time of year. Today however was forecast to be beautiful, and by luck was a rare empty day at the Centre with no other prior bookings! Therefore at short notice we swapped the days around.

Unfortunately 3 of the photographers could not make the change, but all thought it was the right decision to make and have booked in for another day next year. To make up numbers a couple on the cancellation list managed to fill in at short notice. After a lovely day of photography it is obvious that it was the right thing to do.

Owl and Bird of Prey photographic days are something we are looking at promoting for next year. 4 of our own dates are already up on the website for booking, as well as a few workshop run days. The beauty of it being based on the nature reserve means if demand is high we can always add more dates without disrupting school visits etc at the main part of the Centre.

If it is not a "Raptor" day you are booked into, then it will be a mammal day where no birds will be used for photography work. Instead you will get good chances to photograph a wide range of mammals from Harvest mice up to Red Deer.

On the "Raptor" days you can expect to photograph around 6 different types of British Owls and Birds of prey, all placed in natural looking surroundings. Some oppourtunities of the animals with prey may be possible and certainly some flying will be on show. The day will offer photography work in our woodland area, open field lands and wetlands area all located down on our Nature Reserve. Based in our Field Studies Centre means there is no need to use any of the facilities at the main Centre. Some walking is required to get to some of the photographic locations.

For more details and to see the available dates check out our photographic section on our main website, linked in side bar on the right.

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