Photographing Hawks

Members who went to the photographing hawks day had a real treat. The weather was great, not too hot but bright and clear. On arrival we met for coffee, then off to the first demo. From then on it was photo after photo for the rest of the day. We stopped for a brief lunch but we kept shooting or watching flying demos all day. I took nearly 800 shots.

The trust is a bright clean place where the birds are in superb condition and well looked after. I was impressed with the facilities and the birds were magnificent.

A great day out was had by all. You are likely to see lots of bird shots this year!

Thanks to Dick Fielding for organising this trip. We all had a great time and took great shots.



Photographing Hawks — 3 Comments

  1. A big thank you to Dick Fielding for organising Fridays visit to the Hawk Conservancy Trust, a place I was not even aware of, what a fantastic photographic day it turned out to be, taking around 850 shots, must say most challenging photography undertaken to-date.(I think my end of term report will read try’s hard needs more practice)

    Whilst the highlights were of course the flying demonstrations throughout the day, being freely able to wander around photographing the many birds of prey on display, really added the extra something and for me completed the day.

  2. Yes, a big thank you to Dick for organising the day and John for the lift. The birds were spectacular and in wonderful condition.
    How hard the staff must work to train the birds, enabling the flying demos to take place. The staff are very dedicated to the cause and the birds reward them with their wonderful displays. I, too took loads of photos, quite a lot of them were of sky! The birds flew so fast and low to the audience, giving us quite remarkable views of their capabilities.
    I was able to hold an owl on my gloved hand, such a beautiful creature. We were told Owls do not like their feathers stroked. The feathers themselves, especially round the large circle of their eyes, looked as though they have been trimmed to perfection.
    The cafe at the Trust was well worth visiting and my toasted cheese and tomato sandwich was far more enjoyable than my home made sandwiches would have been.
    In all a great day and I hope to be able to return there again in the not too distant future.

  3. What a wonderful experience. The older I get the more I regress to childhood in my appreciation of such excitements.

    I took a wrong turning, so was late, but that didn’t matter. On the way to the first hide, I got sidetracked by the many birds sitting quietly (mostly) and couldn’t resist getting in a few shots. After that, I had an enjoyable walk with a Gt Bustard who was parading up and down in his enclosure. I was very impressed, unlike his female companions who sat glumly on he ground.

    The displays were very enjoyable, as were the commentaries (those guys had great senses of humour), and the birds landed obligingly near so that good photos could be taken. Some of the larger birds flew over the crowd so close that the rush of air from their wings could be felt (and seen).

    The highlight of the event was the finle of the last display, when the American Bald Eagle (Cheyanne) took to the sky about a mile and a half away. One really got to see how this bird worked, circling over a wood to get enough lift to carry her across the valley and home. As she nearered, appropriate music played while she soared and glided in to land. It was the most thrilling experience.

    I had wonderful dreams that night, of Indian Runner Ducks, Vultures scuttling about, owls diving down holes, and Major Lewis strutting in military fashion.

    Thank you, Dick, for such a wonderful day.

    Mary Ellis

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