North Norfolk is the UK’s hotspot for photographing day flying Barn Owls, indeed nowhere else in the World do Barn Owls hunt so commonly during the day as here.. From January to mid-March photographic encounters can be enjoyed with the month of February being the peak month. There are of course no guarantees, the weather can play a part in how successful we are.
Complete Owls (1st Feb to mid-March)
This is a full owl day starting at dawn to search for Barn Owls. If by around 10 am it is evident there is little activity we will go for a session in the woodland hide where a variety of woodland birds can be photographed. After lunch we will resume our search for owls until dusk. There will then be a short break while it gets dark before meeting again and travelling the short distance to a night time owl feeding site. Here both Barn Owls and a Tawny Owl come to food. The site is lit with lamps to aid focussing, however flash is required. The pop up flash in DSLR’s is adequate for this if you do not possess a flash gun. Alternatively David will have a full kit including camera and flash to loan if needed. This session is likely to last from around 6.45 pm finishing at around 8.30pm.
An evening session after dark to photograph Barn Owls that are supplementary fed. These owls are wild but come to food. You will be sitting or standing in the open in a small meadow. Multiple opportunities should be available to capture these ghosts of the night as they hover and glide in. The opportunities for flight shots are outstanding. Up to ten different owls can appear in winter with fewer birds during spring and summer. At some periods during the year a Tawny Owl visits too.
The site is lit with lamps to aid focussing, however flash is required. The pop up flash in DSLR’s is adequate for this if you do not possess a flash gun. Alternatively David will have a full kit including camera and flash to loan if needed. This session is likely to last from around 6.45 pm finishing at around 8.30pm.
For night owls, depending on the time of year will depend on what time the owls are fed. It is always after dark and the most productive period is from January through to mid March. Typically in winter our meeting time is 6.30pm and the session lasts 2 hours.
Complete Owls safaris run from 1 February to mid-March and start at dawn.
For night owls ideally equipment that has a telephoto ability between 100 and 400 mm and a flash although if you have a camera with pop up flash then this is adequate and excellent results can be achieved. We can supplement or supply a full kit for the evening if required including flash and set everything up so all you need do is concentrate on composing and firing the camera.
For complete owls for photographing them hunting during the day then the longest telephoto lens you have, 500 mm plus is ideal. David can loan an Olympus kit with a capability of 840 mm if required.
All transportation from an agreed pick up and drop off point, normally in Holt or depending on where you are staying we can pick you up and drop you off at your accommodation.
Accommodation is not included however if you require somewhere to stay we can recommend the following
Night owls are best from January to mid-March. We will look at running evenings at other times if owl activity is good. Complete owls run from 1st February to mid-March.
Complete owls £360.00 per person or £560.00 if 2 people.
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Deposit: £50 per person payable at time of booking.
Ways to pay
We accept cheques made payable to David Tipling Photography Ltd or payment via bank transfer. The balance will be payable on the day and can be settled via these payment methods or in cash.
Gift vouchers are available for the full cost of either a half or full day for specific safaris. Please email us with your requirements. The date for the safari can be left open but needs to be taken within 18 months of the start date which can be agreed upon at time of purchase. Payment for gift vouchers needs to be made in full at time of issue.
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