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Half-day Photographic Experience

Birds of prey are iconic and beautiful animals, making them wonderful subjects for photography. In this three-hour experience session you can get a truly unparalleled chance to get closer to our birds in stunning settings to capture those elusive perfect shots.

This experience gives you the opportunity to photograph on location in the Trust’s grounds and wildflower meadow, giving you a natural setting for your shots. You will also have the opportunity to photograph bird of prey species from around the world in incredible portrait images as well as in free-flight. Through the use of natural features within our grounds, you can create your own ‘wildlife’ themed images of some remarkable birds of prey.

You will be accompanied by two members of our team who will set up shots featuring a variety of species that may include owls, vultures, falcons and eagles. They will explain more about the bird species you meet and their habitats and lifestyles in the wild. There will also be an opportunity to take photographs of free-flying birds during one of our daily spectacular flying demonstrations, where our birds can display their amazing aerial skills!

£87.50

If you already have a voucher for this experience and would like to book, please click on the orange button below and insert your voucher number when prompted at checkout.

Your Experience

Please head to Reception in the Hawk Conservancy Trust shop at the start of your session, where you will be directed to meet your host. After a brief introduction to your fellow guests and a run through of the itinerary, your experience activities will commence.

These intimate experience sessions are limited to small groups of up to eight guests, with two members of our team on hand to set up shots and give you an insight to the characters of our birds throughout your day. These three hour experience sessions are available in the morning or afternoon:

Afternoon sessions are half an hour longer as they include a break to watch the 2pm flying display. This will give you an additional opportunity to photograph birds in flight, with up to twenty birds in the air at one time.

If you are attending a morning session, you are most welcome to remain at the Trust and enjoy the rest of our daily activities. If you are attending an afternoon session you are welcome to arrive earlier and enjoy the daily morning activities. In either case, you may wish to visit Feathers Restaurant for some lunch before or after your experience (not included). Feathers Restaurant is open daily from 10am, until the park closes.

Guests must be aged 14 or over. Those aged 14 or 15 must be accompanied by a full-paying adult. For younger age groups, we offer Young Falconer and Children’s Owl Experiences.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have a gift voucher for this experience, how do I book?

If you already have a voucher for this experience and would like to book, please click on the orange “Select a date and buy/book this experience” button above and insert your voucher number when prompted at checkout.

This experience must be pre-booked. Due to the popularity of this experience, early booking is required. Your voucher is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase; an expiry date is shown inside your gift card. Please note your experience must be booked and fulfilled before the expiry date shown. Once the voucher has expired, the experience and any related monies are forfeited.

If you would prefer to book this over the phone, please call us on 01264 773850 (between 10am and 4pm) and have your voucher number(s) to hand.

Can I bring a guest with me?

Guests are not able to accompany you on the experience, they are welcome to visit the Trust during the day (normal admission fees apply) whilst you attend the experience and meet up with you in between/afterwards.

What should I wear?

We have a natural countryside setting: sensible footwear and appropriate clothing for outdoors are recommended. Please avoid wearing brightly coloured clothing. Most walkways are laid paths; however you may find some natural unevenness within our grounds. Please bring a mask or face covering.

Do I need any special equipment?

You will need your fully charged camera and an empty memory card. All other necessary training and equipment are supplied.

Will my experience still go ahead in bad weather?

If severe weather threatens, the Trust may cancel and rearrange your experience by 2pm the day before it is due to take place. Please contact the office on 01264 773850 after 2pm the day before your experience to confirm that the weather conditions are suitable for your experience to take place.

Other useful information about your experience:

Did you know?
The Turkey Vulture is most famous for its well-developed sense of smell and ability to find carcasses beneath the forest canopy. Because of this, they’re often followed by other scavengers like Black Vultures, which often try to steal their food.
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