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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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Evening Falconry Photographic Workshops

Hi Everyone

Just to let you all know that the next Photo Workshop at Sion Hall Falconry Centre has just been announced and its taking place on the 17th May 2014 from 17.30pm onwards.

Full tuition will be available for anyone that wants or needs it to get the most out of the evening photo shoot.

There will be a large variety of birds with both static displays and flying displays.

please see the website for further details and information on booking a place at


or phone Nikki on 01845 587522

hope to see some of you there

best wishes



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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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Male Crossbill, full breeding plumage

Finally got a shot of a Male Crossbill in full breeding plumage.

he landed for maybe 1 minute max during the 9 hours we were sitting under camo netting in heather / grass / mud.

Nikon D300
Nikon 500 F4VR lens
Nikon 1.7xTCII Teleconverter

effective focal length – 1275mm


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Female Common Crossbill

Female Common Crossbill by TheApertureMan
Female Common Crossbill, a photo by TheApertureMan on Flickr.

Managed to get some better shots this time on Bowes Moor of the Crossbills.

Mike and I got about 20 seconds of activity during the 7 hours we were sat in wet long grass under camouflage netting hoping that they would actually land on this tree where we were pointing our lenses at.

This was my favourite shot of the day and made all the discomfort worth it

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Steppe Eagle

While Randy was over here visiting from north Carolina I took him to one of my favourite places, Sion Hall Birds of Prey Centre near Thirsk in the North East of the UK.

For getting head shots, like this one, of the awesome Raptors, this place cannot be beat. The birds are awesome, the setting is superb and the people who run the centre are amazing.

hopefully im going to organise another photoshoot there soon for a maximum of 10 photographers. These are always great workshops and everyone comes away with great images from the event and the best thing is you dont really need lenses over 300mm

check this place out by clicking the link below.


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Pied Avocets at RSPB Saltholme

AVOCET by TheApertureMan
AVOCET, a photo by TheApertureMan on Flickr.

Just past the Entrance to the RSPB Saltholne Reserve on Teesside is a small island where, at this time of Year, pairs of Pied Avocets come to breed. There is a small wooden blind with 2 viewing apertures which provides good viewing of these birds without disturbing them.

This year seems to be a good year for the Avocets , with around 10 breeding pairs. Last weekend (22nd May 2011) 4 or 5 Avocet Chicks were counted along the edge of the island feeding.

The Pied Avocet is the emblum of the RSPB

The Pied Avocet, Recurvirostra avosetta, is a striking white wader with bold black markings. Adults have white plumage except for a black cap and black patches in the wings and on the back. They have long, upturned bills and long, bluish legs. It is approximately 16.5-17.75 inches (42–45 cm) in length of which the bill is approximately 2.95-3.35 inches (7.5–8.5 cm) and the legs are approximately 3-4 inches (8–10.5 cm). Its wing-span is approximately 30-31.5 inches (77–80 cm).[4] Males and females look alike. The juvenile resembles the adult but with more greyish and sepia tones.

The call of the Avocet is a far-carrying, liquid, melodious kluit kluit.

If you are anywhere near this location and have a bit of time to spare make sure you go along and see them.

Until next time

Best wishes


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