Bird of Prey Photography Day

Last Saturday, I attended a ‘Winter Moorland’ photography day organised by Steve Magennis. This workshop was held in Leicestershire at a location with some rocky outcrops, heather and bilberry. This was the perfect setting for the three birds of prey he brought along with him; a European eagle owl, a peregrine falcon and a golden eagle.

Workshops like this are an excellent way to practise your techniques and try out different things. It was a privilege to get so close to these stunning birds.

We started the workshop with the eagle owl. This was a stunning female with the most amazing orange eyes!


She was positioned in a variety of settings, giving us the opportunity to shoot her in different ways. It was good to have time to think about the set up of each shot. Here I wanted to have a low shot, with the heather blurred in front of her, giving the feel of a wild bird that has been stalked….


 I was also able to get up quite close….. only then can you truly appreciate the beauty of this bird….


I then played a round with some of the images in post processing to create some more ‘arty’ images…


The next bird was a young female peregrine falcon. Again, she was a beautiful bird… I was fascinated by her plumage… I loved the way each feather was tipped in fawn… I loved photographing this bird!




I felt this bird lent itself to a black and white image, so I converted a few….



Finally, the amazing golden eagle was brought out. The light was beginning to fade a little, but we managed to get some great shots of her…