Winter Safari

Our winter season runs from early January to the middle of March. This is peak Barn Owl time, with the best opportunities for photographing birds hunting during the day occurring in February. Hares will be prominent in the fields and may visit our woodland pool area.

Opportunities will also include woodland birds at David’s feeding station and pool, where we also bait for Buzzards that are daily visitors and there is often the chance of a Stoat. If we have a warm sunny morning we may visit an Adder hibernaculum to photograph an Adder or two basking in the sun. Waders on the coast include Bar-tailed and Black-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover, Curlew, Redshank, Dunlin, Turnstone and possibly wintering Spotted Redshank and Greenshank. Brent and possibly White-fronted Geese plus a few Pink-footed Geese will still be present. Snow Buntings, possibly Shorelarks and Bearded Tits may offer opportunities too. Barn Owls are still performing well during the first half of March. This is now peak hare season. We would hope to encounter groups boxing and will aim to photograph individuals and groups from our vehicle. Waders will now also include flocks of Avocets arriving back to breed plus plenty of other waterbirds now courting. Our woodland hides will be buzzing with activity.

Unless you wish to concentrate on one or two species such as Barn Owls & Hares we will attempt to give as varied day as possible. For bookings for two or more days we explore more of Norfolk taking advantage of seasonal opportunities such as waterfowl on the Ouse Washes or perhaps other opportunities that include the Norfolk Broads. Each day will be varied covering a range of seasonal opportunities.

Times

During winter our days typically start at around 8 am and finish around 5 pm or a little later depending on dusk and where we might be when we finish photographing. Our half days in winter start at 8 am and finish at 1pm.

Recommended Gear

Ideally equipment that has a telephoto ability of at least 300 mm. We can supplement or supply a full kit for the day if required. Beanbags for photographing from our vehicle are supplied, if you normally use a tripod then please bring that with you.

Level of fitness

We cater for all levels of fitness, our hides can be driven to along a woodland ride and much photography can be achieved from our vehicle. However on an average day expect to make a number of short walks, some sites we visit may entail a 30 minute walk photographing along the way.

What's included

All transportation is by Land Rover 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. Our full days include a cafe lunch during the middle of the day. For very early starts we will provide a snack. David will have water, tea and coffee and snacks available during the day.

Accommodation

Accommodation is not included however if you require somewhere to stay we can recommend the following

The Feathers Hotel in Holt

www.holmoaksatholt.co.uk

Dates

January to mid March on Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays & Tuesdays. Contact us with your preferred date and we will respond within 48 hours.

Cost

One person

half day £135.00

1 day £275.00

2 days £525.00

3 days £750.00

4 days £990.00

Two people

half day £200.00

1 day £390.00

2 days £750.00

3 days £1050.00

4 days £1290.00

Deposit: £50 per person for half or 1 day trips. For 2 or more days £100 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

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.

Booking

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