Birds Of Prey Photography Workshops

We currently have a professional wildlife photographer working with us at SMJ Falconry: David Southard from Wild Arena, These take place here in Oxenhope, West Yorkshire near the borders with North Yorkshire and Lancashire.

To follow is a description of their popular workshops:

Wild Arena

Birds of prey have always been a favourite with photographers and can be a very challenging subject to photograph, especially in flight. On this session we aim to cover the best use of equipment to get captivating shots of the Birds in natural settings.

This session will take place with SMJ falconry in the beautiful setting of Oxenhope. The centre is set within natural scenery including photogenic stone walls, hills and fields. With this in mind we will be concentrating on native birds to this wonderful habitat. Our experienced falconer will position and fly the birds to enable the best use of photographic opportunities as well as ensuring the comfort of the Birds.

So, if you’re new to this type of photography or simply love Birds of Prey, then this is the perfect session for you. The falconer and Wild Arena guide will be on hand all day to ensure you get the best possible pictures from this session and with a small group of just 6 photographers, there will be plenty of time for everyone to get the help they need.

The session will start with a detailed briefing from your photography guide, how to set up your camera and the proposed running order for the day. This will be decided on the day, depending on weather conditions and availability of Birds

Species on show include British raptors such as peregrine, merlin, kestrel and raven, tawny, barn, little and long-eared owl, plus foreign exotics like gyrfalcon, steppe eagle, great grey and European eagle owl. Places are limited to six photographers, so please book early.

Dates for 2024:

  • 4th May

Book via the Wild Arena website

About Wild Arena

At Wild Arena we aim to offer personal, expert advice and educational support for developing photographers within a range of events to provide inspirational photography and learning experiences. Our simple goal is to help our customers further their photographic journey whilst showing empathy for their subjects and the environment. We believe the route of this journey is as important as the destination, so we make our events as enjoyable as possible for small groups of like-minded people.

Barn Owl

Ask Wild Arena A Question: