Project Description

Location: Zdarske vrchy, Czech Republic
Duration: 2 nights / 3 days
Group Size: Max 7
Level of fitness required: Easy

For the best ever birds of prey photography workshop, join us in the Czech Republic where we will spend two days photographing a wide range of raptors, including golden eagle, peregrine falcon and a variety of owls, both in-flight and posed in stunning, natural settings. Nowhere else can we replicate the diversity of opportunities this location provides. The course culminates in a unique opportunity to photograph at eye level eagles gliding above a natural pond.

The workshop begins with a morning flight to Prague. On arrival we transfer to our hotel and check in and for the next two days you will enjoy a unique and rare opportunity to photograph some of northern Europe’s most charismatic birds of prey, both in flight and perched in authentic natural settings. Using professional falconers and trained birds, you will have the chance to photograph species such as golden eagle, sea eagle, peregrine falcon, tawny owl and eagle owl, as they fly amidst the wild landscape of the Czech Republic. We will fly the birds in appropriate habitat, including over water, enabling you to capture natural-looking and spectacular pictures that would be almost impossible to achieve with wild birds without months of work. Guidance and tuition on how to get the best from each situation will be available throughout both days from a professional photographer. Over the 3 days, you can expect a packed workshop of great photography, great company and great food in the beautiful Czech Republic.

Your tutor for this workshop is Ben Hall. Ben is one of Britain’s foremost wildlife photographers. His personal approach to nature photography lies in the creative art of ‘seeing’. His aim is to use his pictures to communicate his personal vision, to generate an emotional response and to excite the viewer’s aesthetic sensitivity. He is described by “Living Edge” magazine as ‘a passionate and experienced wildlife photographer, with a perfectionist’s eye for detail’. Ben’s work is represented by Getty images, RSPB Images and Naturepl and is sold worldwide.
Ben specialises in bird and mammal photography and has won numerous international awards including category wins in the British Wildlife Photography Awards and the Windland Smith Rice International Awards. In 2009 he was named ‘Geographical’ Photographer of the Year. He is a regular contributor to clients as diverse as BBC Wildlife, PhotoPlus magazine, Digital SLR User, Photography Monthly and many more. He has appeared on numerous radio and television programmes including BBC’s Walk on The Wild Side and is a member of the 2020VISION photo team. Ben has just finished writing his first book, Wildlife Photography Workshop, which he co-authored with Ross Hoddinott.

Golden Eagle – Aquila Chrysaetos
Flight & static shots, flights across a natural pond (approximately 15-20 flights) depending on conditions without jesses, expect wing tips dipping in the water and reflections. We will also have the opportunity with static shots in a mountain location.

Goldeneagle

Western Siberian Eagle Owl – Bubo bubo Sibiricus
Flight & static shots, flights in the late afternoon in low light in a natural remote forrest setting without jesses, backlit and side-lit.

Western siberian eagle owl

Eurasian Eagle Owl – Bubo Bubo
Flight & static shots, sunrise flying shots through the trees in a remote forrest location without jesses, flying shots will be backlit and side-lit. Static shots also in forrest location.

Eagleowl

Red Tailed Hawk – Buteo Jamaicensis
Flight & static, flights in field location from a perch to falconers glove without jesses, static shots also in the field location.

Redtailedhawk

Long Eared Owl – Asio Otus
Static shots in remote forrest locations on a tree bark with moss.

Longearedowl

Steppe Eagle – Aquila nipalensis
Flight & static shots, flights circling around the forrest without jesses and static shots with forrest backdrop.

Steppeeagle

Northern Goshawk – Accipiter gentilis
Flight & static shots, short flights of approximately 5 – 10 metres without jesses, static shots with the Goshawk feeding on a jay.

Goshawkwithjay

Common Buzzard – Buteo Buteo
Flight & static shots, short flights of approximately 10 metres in forrest location without jesses, static images with Buzzard perched in a tree.

Commonbuzzard

Barn Owl – Tyto alba
Flight & static shots, flights of approximately 10 – 15 metres in golden mire field location without jesses, static shots in field location and barn fence.

Barnowl

Little Owl – Athene noctua
Static shots in deep forrest with moss in the foreground and a tree hole.

Littleowl

Snowy Owl – Bubo Scandiacus
Flight & static shots, flights of approximately 10 – 15 metres in golden mire field location without jesses, static shots in field location.

Snowyowl

Tawny Owl – Strix Aluco
Flight & static shots, short flight of approximately 5 – 10 metres in remote forrest location without jesses, static shots with the Owl perched on a tree branch.

Tawnyowl

Accommodation

Hotelové-pokojeHotel Manes is located in a little district surrounded by mountains near the Svratka river. This beautiful town is situated in a very nice Czechomoravian county called Zdarske Hills. This will be our base for the Bird of Prey workshop, all rooms provided are single occupancy with en-suite facilities, the hotel offers international and local cuisine in the restaurant and free wi-fi, sauna, Jacuzzi & fitness room for guests.

All monies paid by you for the air holiday package shown are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 6404. For more information see our booking terms and conditions.

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