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with Tony & Carol Dilger


Enjoy a spectacular day photographing birds of prey in fabulous Bronte country. In partnership with SMJ Falconry,we have exclusive access to a wide range of iconic raptors and owls in beautiful woodland and moorland surroundings.

British species include Tawny, Barn, Little and Long-eared owl, Peregrine, Kestrel, Merlin and Red Kite, plus exotics such as Great Grey, Hawk and Eagle owl, Saker, Gyrfalcon and Steppe eagle. The locations are ideal, providing clean, distant backgrounds composed of nothing more than genuine Yorkshire scenery. For more, visit the SMJ Falconry website.


Places are limited to ten photographers, so please book early.

Workshop fee is £100 per person or £180 for a couple. Lunch is included.

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SMJ Falconry is a private falconry centre near Haworth in Yorkshire, chosen for it's pristine moorland location, wide range of birds and enthusiastic staff.

The morning session provides ideal close portrait opportunities in woodland and beautiful upland areas of gritstone boulders and heather moor.


After lunch and a brief tutorial on camera settings, we take on the challenge of shooting birds of prey in flight. Starting with gently flapping owls, things get progressively faster with kites, harriers and hawks, culminating in a frenzied finish with lightning-fast falcons. We finish around 5 pm.


Please feel free to bring whatever gear you might or might not need. Handholding is the best option, unless you are using a really heavy lens.

The perfect kit would be a DSLR with a 200 or 300mm lens. Even a wide angle could be useful, as the birds can be photographed extremely closely.


Please note, the course is aimed at intermediate/advanced photographers. You don't need to be an athlete, but do have to manage a short, stiff climb. It's well known that walking anywhere in Yorkshire is steep and strenuous!

Bird of Prey Photography Workshops