– Organised Trips –
Rutland River Gwash Diving Osprey Experience
( 2nd June, 3rd June, 1st July and 7th July 2018 )
I am pleased to announce that I will be running a guided workshop tripsto River Gwash Ospreys in 2018. If you love your wildlife photography and you have never photographed diving Osprey before then you MUST take advantage of this workshop.
Until recently I have spent many years travelling up to Rothiemurchus in Aviemore to photograph diving Ospreys. Its a beautiful place but its a very long trek for most of us who are South of the Border. Where I live its about a 9 hour drive… So when I heard about the results coming out of River Gwash Ospreys I was immediately interested and booked a couple of sessions to see what the facilities are like, and more importantly how the birds perform and how reliable they are. After the first session there I was hooked, and have been back a few times since and each time had great results. ( You can see some of my photographs below).
The workshops are based at Horn Mill Trout Fishery. This is very close to Rutland Water - about 10 minutes - and is just off the A1, also about 10 minutes so its really easy to get to. We will have exclusive use of a 6 person hide and there are 6 places available as I personally will not be photographing on these workshops and like almost every workshop that I run. My job is to help YOU to get the great pictures that can be obtained from this venue. If you look at the reviews on my website under Testimonials you will get an idea of the effort that I put in to ensure you come away with great photographs. We will also have exclusive use of a “spotter” who will be watching the air around the hide and pond and he will notify us by walkie talkie of any incoming birds, especially if they are about to dive. You can rest assured that you will have my undivided attention in the hide - I will help you get set up and will offer any advice you may require during the sessions.
This site also has resident Kingfishers that visit and 2017 has seen Red Kites taking fish off the top of the water. There are also sighting of Kestrel, Woodpeckers, and today while there I even photographed a deer. Its a lovely place…
2nd June, 3rd June, and 1st July 2018 fully booked BUT 7th July (New Date ) Just added and Places available...
The morning sessions are early starts and we need to be meeting up to go in the hides at first light, round about 4.00am or 4.15 am. We will stay in the hide until around 8.30 to 9.00am photographing whatever comes into view… For those who want to we can then go off and get some breakfast locally or those who prefer to shoot off back home or do something else themselves thats fine.
Cost is £130 for the day which includes our private hide hire, the spotter, bottle of water/biscuits and my services for the session as required. I will do everything that I can to ensure you have a successful session but always remember this is wildlife, so its very unpredictable.
I have been photographing Ospreys for many years so the experience I have and the advice I can impart will make your day enjoyable and successful.
An ideal lens I have found is a 300mm prime, but if you have a 100-400mm, 70-300mm or an 80-400mm or even a 70-200mm with a crop body that would be ideal. The ospreys can come really close to the hide so long lenses are not required. Bring a spare battery, spare memory cards and importantly a bean bag or a plate and tripod head. A camera with a good frames per second will be an advantage. You should also have a good basic knowledge of your cameras workings.
Its a short walk of just 2 minutes from the car park to the hide, and there is also a portable toilet facility on site that can be used when the skies are clear and no osprey is in the vicinity. If its raining you may want to bring a waterproof coat.
I look forward to meeting new clients or renewing friendships from previous clients.
You can book online and pay your £50 deposit.