Here at Park cameras we run a variety of exciting photography courses - so when we ran our Introduction to Bird Photography course, with professional wildlife and nature photographer John Stanton - we jumped at the chance of tagging along.
The day started with a guided tour of the grounds, led by John, who ran us through what the course would entail, and what he hoped we would all achieve.
It was clear from the beginning that John is extremely passionate about the woods he has created, complete with 6 bird hides and a reflection pool.
John showed us to one of the hides he had chosen and here we were given the chance to receive some technical advice relating to our cameras. John was very knowledgeable and gave everyone time to ask individual questions.
Inside the hide was spacious and comfortable; we spent a short amount of time setting up our cameras, making sure they were at a comfortable height. It wasn’t long until we were looking out to a huge variety of birds sitting proudly waiting to be photographed.
We were incredibly impressed by how thought out and professional the hide set up was, including how close we were to the birds. John was a fountain of knowledge and gave us lots of facts relating to the birds we were photographing.
The steady influx of visiting birds was mesmerising to see; throughout the course we saw the following birds: Great Tit, Blackbird, Dunnock, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Jay, Blue Tit, and Robin.
Spending time in the hide was incredibly peaceful and watching the array of birds was very relaxing. John was constantly on hand to ask advice and gave feedback on the images we were producing.
Using John’s advice, alongside the hide set up, we were all guaranteed to leave with some great images from the course.
If you are interested in getting closer to nature and capturing some of your own incredible shots, check here for available dates.
All images taken by Tracey Hills
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By Park Cameras on 07/08/2018
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