Red Squirrel 1-To-1 Workshop

Dates: Daily

Our Red Squirrel Workshop allows photographers to capture both static and action shots of Red Squirrels in one session. From moss covered tree stumps and fallen logs to attractive pine trees and lichen covered dry stone walls, the workshop provides the opportunity to create a varied portfolio of Red Squirrel images.

Using various locations in a private, openly planted woodland, you will be able to move around the trees, walls and attractive perches to make best use of the light and obtain clean backgrounds.

If you are looking to obtain action shots then please be aware that the Squirrels move extremely fast and can be erratic. Obtaining good running and jumping shots can sometimes be difficult and requires a good knowledge of your equipment and significant patience. However, I can help you maximise your chances, show you a mix of straightforward and more advanced techniques, and ensure you will get plenty of opportunities.

Itinerary

On arrival at about 9 a.m. we will start in the Woodland Hide then commence to the Refection Pool Hide.

After you are happy with your shots we can then go outside (weather permitting) and photograph Red Squirrels as explained above using perches, tree stumps and lichen covered dry stone walls.

Jumping Squirrels

You can also attempt to capture Red Squirrels jumping towards us, from our new jumping platform. Some stunning images can be captured with Squirrels being caught “mid-flight” and I will guide you through the best techniques and settings to use to achieve these shots.

Workshop In Brief

Photography

Mammals

Dates

Daily

Cost

1 Person: £195.00 per person
2 People Sharing: £300.00

Group Size

2 Maximum

Fitness Level Required

Low. Some walking required.

Included

Woodland Hide
Reflection Pool Hide

Details

Cost: £195.00 per person. 2 People sharing £300.00
Guide: Paul Fowlie
Group Size: 2 guests per trip

Tour Dates 2020

One-On-One Workshops are available everyday. Please use the Contact form below to submit your enquiry and questions.

Equipment Required

  • Digital DSLR
  • 70-200mm/70-300mm telephoto lens (cropped sensor)
  • 100-400mm/200-400mm on full frame body
  • Spare batteries and charger and extra memory cards.

Clothing

  • Walking boots/wellies are advised as ground conditions vary and can be wet
  • Waterproof Jacket and trousers

What time of year is best to visit?

The Squirrels are active all year round. They don’t hibernate and grow a silvery red coat with ear tufts in winter. When the snow falls the opportunities for Squirrel Images can be amazing. In May/June they moult and grow a rich red summer coat often with blonde tails and lose their ear tufts. The Squirrels breed in March and July and courtship, pregnant females and young Squirrel Kittens can often be seen over the course of Spring/Summer.

How do I get to the hide?

After meeting in Hawes at 08:30 you will then be driven the short distance to (and from) the hide (as there is no public parking at the site). Full details of the meeting place are provided post-booking.

Do I need to bring food for the Squirrels?

No, the Squirrels are regularly fed to ensure they have a balanced diet and supplement their natural food supply. We will be on hand to top-up feeding points as necessary throughout the session. Please do not handle food or attempt to feed the Squirrels yourself. Bacteria from your hands can be very harmful to Red Squirrels.

Do I need a Tripod?

Tripods are not needed. Beanbags are provided in the hide which are the most effective way of following the action. However, if you would rather use a gimbal or ball head then each window sill includes a special plate where any standard 3/8 inch threaded head (Wimberley included) can be attached.

How many Squirrels will I see?

The woodland remains one of the best places to see Red Squirrels in the UK. Numbers can vary according to weather conditions, but at the very least we would expect guests to see around six different Squirrels with a minimum of 2-3 present at any one time. More usually upwards of ten different Squirrels are seen throughout a session and sometimes even up to twenty. The population is extremely healthy and there has not been anything nearing a blank session as yet. That said we are dealing with wildlife so there can never be an absolute guarantee! Generally less is more when it comes to Red Squirrel photography however, as individuals are more likely to feed contently and stay still if other animals are not competing for the same spot!

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