LOCATION Knowsley Safari Park, Merseyside
TIME 09:00 t0 15:00
Group Size   8
  •  Fully Escorted session with photography guide & falconer
  • Small group
  • Entrance to the Safari Park
  • Refreshments and lunch
  • PDF Handout
Not Included
  •  Camera
  • Spectators

Birds have always been, a favourite subject for wildlife photographers and falconry birds offer a fantastic chance to capture beautiful images of these iconic subjects. Wild Arena’s ‘Bird Photography Master Class’ aims to offer a range of professional grade opportunities to capture images of both static and flying birds. During this full day event we will carefully select subjects and locations with high quality results as our goal. We will take time to ensure each bird species is presented in as an authentic way as possible with due consideration being given to lighting, habitat and background.

Our venue for this workshop is the beautiful, varied parkland and woodland bordering Knowsley Safari Park. This private, un-spoilt area provides a perfect backdrop for such species as Golden Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Barn Owl, Little Owl, Kestrel, Great Grey Owl and Raven. We will work closely with our expert Falconer to ensure the best birds are selected on any given day and we will even consider factors such as the season and forecast weather conditions.

Each Master Class session is supported by a Wild Arena tutor, who will offer guidance and advice on getting the best results based on everyone’s individual needs and expectations.

During the briefing session the guide will talk the group through the best camera settings and techniques for capturing birds in flight and ways in which we can refine our results for static, perching birds for high quality and naturalistic images. Additional topics covered on this session will included; focus modes & area selection techniques, using high ISO to generate faster shutter speeds, managing depth of field through creative use of apertures, the function of long lens perspective and compositional choices for creativity.

Our aim with the Bird Photography Master Class is to photograph each subject in greater detail to ensure the best possible results. We will also check that every guest receives individual advice and support for their personal images.

There are many falconry bird photography sessions in the market but we genuinely believe ours is a ‘cut above’ the rest!

09.00: Arrival at Knowsley Safari Park where you will be met by your guide and escorted to Wild Arena’s office at Park Farm.

09.15: Welcome tea/coffee and an Introduction & briefing from your falconer and guide.

09.30: Photography session 1, concentrating on iconic woodland and mountain birds.

12.00: Lunch at Park Farm with your guides in the heart of the Safari Park.

13.00: Photography session 2, flying and perching photography of woodland birds in the beautiful, private Knowsley Estate grounds.

15.00: Close and depart.

PLEASE NOTE: Our itineraries are listed as a guide and we may need to alter them depending on unforeseen circumstances, weather conditions or the availability of the subjects. Start and finish times are fixed to enable transport planning.

Coming Soon for Autumn 2019

How to Book

To book one of these dates, please select it from the drop down calendar icon on the right hand side ‘Book Now’ tab to add to your cart. Please scroll through the months to find the highlighted available dates which have been listed above.

Purchasing a Gift Voucher

If you are looking for a gift for a photographer then why not consider a gift voucher, our gift vouchers are valid for a year and along with our membership are sent as standard with an e-voucher, gift packs are available and these can just be added to your basket from the shop. We currently sell the gift vouchers in £50, £25 or £10 denominations or you can buy an event specific voucher. Simply click through to our shop here to see what is available.

Redeeming a Gift voucher

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Red Letter Days, Virgin, Last Minute, Exhilaration and In To the Blue Vouchers

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You can also access the voucher booking page by clicking here but you will need to know the chosen date from the ones available.


Wild Arena is delighted to offer an annual membership scheme with many benefits to reward our regular customers and encourage new guests to participate on our wide range of different events. We offer 2 types of annual membership, at different prices, the details of which are listed in the below.

Annual Membership – £19

Provides our regular customers with a discount of 20% on all our one day workshops, £50 off every tour booking, a quarterly newsletter, priority notice on all new events and special offers on late availability! All the memberships prices are listed next to the standard price on all products on the website. Each new member receives a welcome pack vie email, but if you would like a gift pack please select this from the shop and add to your cart.

Annual Membership Benefits:​

  • 20%  discount on all one day events.
  • £50 discount on every tour booking.
  • Priority notice of discounted late space availability and new events.
  • Quarterly Newsletter.

Annual Membership Plus – £99

Not only provides all the benefits of normal membership, but also the opportunity to book a free workshop from the list below:

Members can choose one of the following events as your free workshop (1 session per year):

  • Macro Photography Workshop
  • Macro Exotic Mini Beast Session.
  • Big Cat Photography Workshop.
  • Safari Photograph Workshop.
  • Summer Evening Safari Photography Workshop.
  • Summer Evening Owl Photography Workshop.
  • Wild Red Kite Photography Workshop.
  • Butterfly Photography Workshop.
  • Butterfly Photography Masterclass.
  • Landscape Photography Workshops.
  • Getting Started with your Camera

Not only does this make ‘Membership PLUS’ outstanding value, it also makes a perfect gift for anyone interested in photography. Each new member receives a welcome pack vie email, but if you would like a gift pack please select this from the shop and add to your basket.

To receive your members discount on website orders, simply use your membership number in the voucher section of the basket and for special offers use the code given on the promotion.

(Please note membership discounts cannot be used in conjunction with Tesco vouchers or other ad-hoc, generic offers as specified).

To purchase members simply click here to go through to our shop.

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