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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!

£84.50

If you already have a voucher for this experience and would like to book a date, please call us on 01264 773850.

Your Experience

You will be met by your host for the start of your session at the motorcycle parking area in the car park in front of the entrance. After a brief introduction to your fellow guests and a run through of the itinerary, your experience activities will commence. PLEASE remember social distancing and to bring a mask or face covering.

These intimate experience sessions are limited to small groups of up to four 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?

Please call us on 01264 773850 (between 9am and 5pm) and have your voucher number to hand.

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.

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 White-tailed Eagle became extinct in Britain in 1918 directly as a result of persecution and illegal killing. However, it was reintroduced in 1975 with the young birds released on the Island of Rum in the Inner Hebrides.
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