Cairngorms National Park Wildlife Photography Residential 

 

Spend 7 Nights in the UK's premier wildlife hotspot to photograph species such as Ptarmigan, Mountain Hare, Red Squirrel and Crested Tits to name a few. Snow caped mountains, caledonian forests and wide expanses of moorland offer a huge variety of habitats for wildlife which we will explore.

Workshop Information

 

Location

Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

Glenlivet Estate

 

Date

Spring 1st - 8th May 2016 

 

 

Accomadation

Easter Corrie Cottages

 

Course Leaders

Jack Perks & Josh Jaggard

 

Maximum Group Size

 

Included in the cost

  • Tutuion

  • 7 nights in the cottages

  • Breakfast

  • Fieldcraft

  • Evening Workflow sessions

  • Wildlife Hides (Osprey Spring only)

  • Birds of Prey Portraits (Autumn only)

 

£750.00 per person Autumn  

£800.00 per person Spring

£150.00 Deposit need to secure place

 

Cheque or online bank tranfer preferred method of payment.

Deposits paid are not refundable, balance for the workshop you have booked is due one month before start date of the workshop. Unless notice of cancellation is received before the balance payment date, the balance will be remain payable and due. It is your responsibility to take out travel insurance to cover the cost of sickness and unforeseen eventualities.

 

 

 

This guided trip works on giving passionate wildlife photographers a change to photograph a wide range of highland species. The course works on field craft, camera controls, lens choice and using hides to capture those spilt second shots. The group will be split into two with Josh Jaggard taking half the group and Jack Perks the other to reduce disturbance to wildlife and maximise chances of getting images.

 

Although beginners are welcome, a basic understanding of camera controls (aperture, shutter speed and ISO) will improve your chances of getting quality wildlife images.

 

Although some locations are very close to car parks and require little effort getting to them, others like the climb for mountain hare & ptarmigan are not advised for the less able bodied but feel free to get in touch if your unsure. A boat trip out of Inverness is also opitional to see dolphins and seals in the spring.

 

Included in the price is accommodation in a lodge in the Glenlivet estate in the heart of the Scottish Highlands as well as breakfast. Evening meals & lunch are not included but cooking facilities are available on site with fridge/freezer also.

 

Accommodation: Twin rooms, shower, tv, wifi, kitchen and lounge with sofas.

(if you'd rather stay in a room on your own you can pay a little more for this)  

 

Special purpose black grouse hides are available in the spring for the more adventuous to use spending the night in one to view the sunrise and black grouse lekking getting intimate shots of them however this is at a extra cost if you like to book this when staying with us it can be arranged.

 

Although myself Josh can take some of you to locations there is some driving involved also to areas further afield no more then two hours drive from the cottage, however the lodge at Glenlivet where we stay has bird feeders outside the windows with most garden birds visiting with siskins being a regular feature and red squirrel feeders in the woods behind us less then 10 minutes away. The River Livet at the bottom of the lodge has Otter, Atlantic Salmon and good numbers of Dipper. 

 

Prime lenses are ideal, 400mm, 500mm and a  300mm with a tele-converter would also be a good size. Zoom lenses 100 – 400 is a good size. Wider lens good for landscapes and habitat shots with wildlife.

 

What you'll need 

  • Tripod

  • Bean Bag

  • Long Lens 300mm + offers best results

  • Wide Angle for Landscapes

  • Weather proof clothing/dull colours

  • Good pair of walking boots

  • Spare memory cards/batteries

  • Flask for hot drinks/soup

 

Not Included

- Travel Insurance

- Travel to/from/around Cairngorms

- Personal Items

- Alcoholic Drinks

 

To book and for more info contact me

Red Squirrel at the back of the cottages

 

  • Ptarmigan

  • Snow Bunting

  • Dipper

  • Otter

  • Red Deer

  • Roe Deer

  • Reeves Pheasant

  • Brown Hare

  • Dottrel (Spring)

 

Species we can target on the course

 

  • Red Squirrel

  • Crested Tit

  • Mountain Hare

  • Black Grouse (Spring)

  • Red Grouse

  • Osprey (Spring)

  • Stoat

  • Garden Birds

  • Lots of oppertunites for landscape photography 

     

View from the kitchen window of the cottage

 

Male Ptarmigan changing into its summer plumage

 

Male black grouse from the lekking hide

 

Lots of good oppertunities for Red grouse

 

Grouse posing for the camera

 

8 happy clients on the first tour around the Cairngorms

 

Crested tit in woodland

 

Testimonials

 

"Just returned from an amazing week in the Cairngorm National Park taking part in a Wildlife Photography trip lead by Jack and Josh. I really appreciate the effort the guys went to in ensuring that the group of eight of us got good views of a wide variety of wildlife species. Almost all my wish list was ticked. Both Josh and Jack had spent time getting some species used to feeding close by and they had clearly researched the area fully prior to our arrival giving us the best possible chance of capturing well framed shots. I learned lots of bush-craft tips and the importance of having respect for the wildlife in addition to a knowledge of their habitat and behaviour.

The guys were on hand to offer technical support at time of image capture if needed and advise on workflow and  processing. With safety in mind they were able to judge individuals physical abilities and offer alternative options as necessary. Clearly a couple of very talented individuals. I would love to join another of their trips in the future."

 

Wendy Kennett

Secretary of Canterbury Photographic Society

"This was an excellent course set in the wonderful scenery of the Cairngorms National Park.   Jack and Josh are experienced, expert photographers and have the necessary skills to pass on their knowledge to others.  The right amount of advice was on hand for each student depending on their experience and the opportunity to get near to many iconic species of the upland moors.  I will never forget crouching in the heather surrounded by red grouse calling and displaying or the white mountain hare that almost jumped on me.  I would recommend this course highly for anyone wanting to learn how to photograph different highland species in their natural environment. "

 

Linda Jackson

Secretary of Sheffield Photographic Society 

Cottage Lounge