Red Kites Workshop
The Red Kite Centre at Gigrin Farm is located in the most beautiful countryside, in the heart of Mid Wales, overlooking both the Wye and Elan Valleys, and just half a mile from the market town of Rhayader. Hundreds of wild red kites feed here every day. It is a truly breathtaking spectacle which provides an outstanding opportunity to photograph these beautiful birds of prey. Join us on this workshop to maximise the possibility of photographing them well!
LOCATION: Gigrin Farm, Powys, UK
GROUP SIZE: 6 (requires minimum 4 to run). All levels of experience welcome.
DURATION: 1 day (11am to 4pm)
PRICE: £115 per person
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The day will begin at 11am in the café at Gigrin Farm (NE68 7RN) where John will give a short safety briefing and deliver a tutorial on the best way to shoot the day, including compositional and technical advice, assisting you to make sure your camera is set up and ready.
The birds begin to congregate from about midday, perching in nearby trees, some circling overhead. The tractor containing the food arrives in the field in front of the hide at 2pm (GMT) whereupon the numbers increase dramatically. There can be upwards of 400 red kites ready to pounce once the tractor leaves and there will be crows and buzzards amongst their number, usually ground-feeding. The most dramatic element takes about thirty minutes although birds will continue to fly overhead with the occasional mini-frenzy when additional morsels are located. Everything is over by about 3-3.30pm (GMT).
To ensure you get the most from the visit:
- Bring an interchangeable lens camera (i.e DSLR or mirrorless - please call before booking if unsure). A 70-200mm zoom lens (or 35mm equivalent) is more than adequate for the day.
- If you are bringing a large camera and lens combination a tripod or monopod may prove useful.
- Although the rear of the hides are under cover, come equipped to protect your camera and lens from inclement weather.
- Bring lens hoods; spare camera batteries and storage cards.
- Bring warm clothing, waterproofs and adequate footwear for walking a short distance on a rough, possibly muddy path.
Although there is a frenetic hour of activity, John will be available throughout to provide image review and technical advice and support according to your individual needs.
The day will finish about 4pm but if required, John will happily stay longer to discuss photographic issues or conduct bespoke tutorials.
What's Included in the Price?
- Personal tuition and guidance from John Birch
- Access to one of the photographic 'tower' hides at Gigrin Farm.
- Photographic equipment
- Accommodation, food and drink
- Personal or equipment insurance (recommended)
Terms and Conditions
All of the information on this website must be read in conjunction with our terms and conditions for workshops which can be found on the link below.
The payment of a £25 non-refundable deposit per person will secure your booking. The balance will become due 90 days prior to the workshop. Payment can be made by bank transfer, debit or credit card (no surcharges).