Red Kite and Buzzard Photography Overview
Once nearly extinct the Red kite has made a dramatic comeback thanks to conservation efforts. Which has lead them to be reintroduced into Scotland and parts of England.
The Red Kite was hunted because they were deemed as vermin because they are primarily scavengers and thought to carry many diseases and a bounty was put upon their carcass. But this did not stop them from surviving and how there is a healthy population again.
Still very rare in some parts of England the best place to see them is in Wales.
We will be photographing them in mid-Wales where the Red Kite is their National Bird.
What will be covered
Photography can be quite daunting. All those buttons, dials and switches, where to begin how to attach the lens? do I just use the back screen or the viewfinder? this course is aimed at the either the complete beginner or those who wants to learn a bit more.
On the course we will touch on camera settings from Shutter speed to Aperture, and Manual if you want to try it (it is not as hard as you may think. Just a lot to remember.) also composition and technique. We will also talk about equipment if needs be.
The hide is located at Gigrin Farm Red Kite Centre in mid-Wales and it is a private hide. It is heated (in winter) and carpeted Plus Tea and Coffee is also supplied.
This is a ground level hide which is perfect for getting some fantastic shots of them feeding, taking off and landing. Also Buzzards are quite commonly seen with the Red Kites. You can get some fantastic shots ane be at that all important eye level with the birds. Also those low flying shots.
You will need a camera that has either a powerful zoom or a camera with interchangeable lenses. As for the lens required you will need a 200-300mm or more as we will be some distance away from the birds. Bridge cameras or above work the best for this type of photography. You may also wish to bring along a bean bag to rest your camera on, extra memory cards, batteries, and lens cloths and camera cleaning equipment may also be helpful.
This course takes place at Gigrin Farm Red Kite Centre in mid-Wales overlooking the Wye and Elan Valley. Full details of the location will be given upon booking.
This course will start at 1pm and run until dusk where more food for the birds will be provided if needed and to get the pictures that you want.
With the nature of this photography, we can not guarantee that you will see all the birds listed. Also, the course will go ahead whatever the weather so any payment made is non-refundable unless extreme circumstances dictate otherwise and due to our opinion.
We will not be held responsible for any equipment damage, theft or personal injury while attending the walk participants do so at their own risk!
If you pay a deposit you will be required to pay the remaining balance 48 hours before the day of the course. If you fail to pay the full amount before the day of the course you will lose your deposit and will not be able to attend the course.