LOCATION Oxenhope, West Yorkshire
TIME 10:00 to 16:00  
Group Size 6
Guide for Event David Southard or Kevin Morgans
Fitness Level Moderate Fitness, uphill walking over rough ground
Camera Experience Beginners and up, D-SLR/ Mirrorless Users
Disability Access You will need to be able to cover short distances over rough pathways
Suitability Wild Arena workshops are not suitable for children under the age of 14 years old and a full paying adult must accompany any under 16’s.
  • Session includes refreshments
  • Full tuition and guiding throughout
  • Small group of like-minded delegates
  • Experienced Falconer and Lovely Settings
  • Refreshments 
  • Full tuition and guidance
  • PDF notes 
Not Included
  •  Camera equipment
  • Lunch (refreshments will be provided on arrival, you should bring a packed lunch)
Time of Year All year round on specified dates
What we aim to cover We try to tailor all our sessions to suit our guests, so we do not always cover all the topics depending on the individual needs. Typical topics we can cover in this session are: Setting up focus and exposure for action shots, the use of depth of field, use of long lenses and tripods

Birds of prey have always been a favourite with photographers and can be a very challenging subject to photograph, especially in flight. On this session we aim to cover the best use of equipment to get captivating shots of the Birds in natural settings. 

This session will take place with SMJ falconry in the beautiful setting of Oxenhope. The centre is set within natural scenery including photogenic stone walls, hills and fields. With this in mind we will be concentrating on native birds to this wonderful habitat. Our experienced falconer will position and fly the birds to enable the best use of photographic opportunities as well as ensuring the comfort of the Birds.

So, if you’re new to this type of photography or simply love Birds of Prey, then this is the perfect session for you. The falconer and Wild Arena guide will be on hand all day to ensure you get the best possible pictures from this session and with a small group of just 6 photographers, there will be plenty of time for everyone to get the help they need.

The session will start with a detailed briefing from your photography guide, how to set up your camera and the proposed running order for the day. This will be decided on the day, depending on weather conditions and availability of Birds

SMJ Falconry

Our venue for this workshop is SMJ Falconry in Oxenhope, West Yorkshire. The centre is set in beautiful countryside only 2.5 miles the picture postcard village of Haworth. The landscape is rugged moorland, hills and valleys, interspersed by pretty reservoirs.


10:00 arrival and briefing

10:45 photography session 1, perching birds

12:45 lunch (please bring a packed lunch)

13:30 photography session 2, flying photography

16:00: Summary & Close

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.


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. Please scroll through the months to find the highlighted available dates (which have been listed above), then add your choice to the cart. 

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 2 reviews
March 24, 2022

An excellent workshop. Great opportunity to get up close to birds of prey and get the best possible shots. Thank you Kevin and SMJ Falconry for an enjoyable and informative workshop. Brilliant day!

June 19, 2022

I had a wonderful day yesterday at the bird of prey workshop. The setting was beautiful & we had the chance to photograph some beautiful birds. David helped to ensure that the birds were placed in settings that would be natural for them with their leg tags hidden wherever possible. I’m so happy with the (hundreds!) of photos that I took. We were so lucky with the weather too.
Bugs the baby Eagle Owl was a star & it was a privilege to see the Red Kite & falcon flying to end a fabulous day. If you have the chance to book this experience then please do – you won’t regret it.
Katie from SMJ falconry was the bird handler. Special thanks to her as she was so friendly & patient & so obviously loves the birds with a passion.

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