20 possible species of wildfowl, and one of the best sites in the UK
for wintering flocks of Common Crane and Bewick's Swan.
During this workshop we'll have the opportunity to see and photograph many of the most charismatic birds that spend the winter at Slimbridge.
The wetlands are deliberately flooded during winter months, so it is normal to see up to 50,000 water birds feeding. Among these we will find huge flocks of Golden Plover and Lapwing, providing plenty of photography opportunities. There is often a large roost of Starlings that do amazing displays over the reserve. We have a good chance of seeing a Peregrine or Sparrowhawk hunt for easy prey, and the chase is often spectacular.
From the hides, we'll photograph wildfowl in flight such as the reserve's iconic White-Fronted Geese and Bewick's Swans, plus Pintail, Wigeon
and Shelduck. This is also one of the best places in the UK to see Cranes, an elegant and much sought after species, and on February dates we may see their astonishing courtship dance.
From bird-flight to portraiture, we can hone techniques on birds in the wildfowl collection, and round off our ducks portfolio with Goldeneye, Smew, Eider and exotic species. At sunset, we will enjoy stunning views of 100s of Bewick's Swan flying in to roost on the icy lakes.
Suggested Camera Gear
A Digital SLR or bridge camera
Wide-angle lens (e.g. 16-35mm, 24-70mm)
Mid-range lens (e.g. 75-300mm)
Telephoto lens (300mm or larger)
Spare batteries and CF/SD cards
A selection of photos from workshop participants...