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Falconry Photographic workshop


Hi everyone

Just to let everyone know that the next evening summer photography workshop is now scheduled for Sunday the 9th August.

Its scheduled to start at around 17.30pm.

We are now taking the birds out of the arena to give everyone a better chance to capturing the birds with more natural backgrounds and to give us more scope for different locations etc.


Please see http://www.falconrycentre.co.uk for details and to book your place.

We try and limit the number of guest participating in these workshop to 15 maximum.

Full tuition / guidance is available if required.


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Falconry Photo Workshops

Black Kite Portrait by TheApertureMan
Black Kite Portrait, a photo by TheApertureMan on Flickr.

The first evening photography workshop has now been organised for the 15th of June 2013.

I’ve now been appointed as Resident Photographer for Sion Hall falconry Centre, Kirby Wiske, nr Thirsk.

Full instruction will be given regarding shutter speeds, apertures, composition etc, all with the aid of ensuring that you get the best photographs possible on your visit.

An experienced falconer will be flying birds on the evening and helping me with poses for static displays etc

Sion Hall is the best falconry centre I’ve ever been to and I’m happy to be helping the centre out in any way I can. The birds are superbly looked after and handled

The night will run from 17.30 until around 19.30 and the cost is £40.

Please contact the centre on 01845 587522 or click the following link to their site where you can book online


If you would like to see some of the typical shots you will be able to take, please visit my galleries at


As an added bonus, if you want to come for the whole day. You can pay the normal entrance fee and I will be there all day for questions / advise on taking shots of the static displays and during the 3 demonstrations the centre have each day.


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Osprey Heaven

Bird photography opportunities in Florida are amongst the best in the world and if one of your favourite birds is the Osprey, or to give it its Latin Name Pandion Haliaetus then Florida is the place to go. I did the research before I left home and discovered a large lake called Blue Lake Cypress near Vero Beach that was nicknamed Osprey Heaven that during the bird breeding season, between December and April attracted around 300-500 Osprey’s.

I got in touch with Joe and Jeanne Middleton, the owners of Middleton’s Fish Camp on Blue Cypress Lake, and chartered a pontoon boat, for Mike and Myself, for 4 hours on 2 different days. Well Florida being Florida the weather was perfect on both days.

To say this place is amazing is an understatement, from usually seeing an occassional Osprey, here in the UK, from a great distance away, being on a pontoon boat on this lake allows you to get within 20 feet of hundreds of Cypress Trees each holding Osprey nests. While you are drifting along the shore line photographing perching birds through the trees, many more Osprey’s are flying very close around and over you bringing fish back to the nests.

I initially started using my Nikon 500F4 Vr lens but ended up using my Nikon 70-200 F2.8VR with a 1.4x TC as this was sufficient for the shots I wanted and was alot more manageable on the moving boat.

Osprey’s are prevalent in Florida but there is no better place than this lake. If you are into bird photography and love Osprey’s, like I do, they I suggest that you check out Middleton’s Fish Camp. Joe and Jeanne Middleton are a great couple. The 2 boat pilots we had were also fantastic and positioned the boats for us while we got on with shooting.

Click Here to go to the rest of my osprey photos on my website

Click Here for the link to Jeanne’s Blog at Middleton’s Fish Camp on Lake Cypress

thank you for stopping by

Best wishes

Colin Carter.

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