Photography at Argaty

  • Kite gliding through the sky
  • Kites in winter
  • Scuptural kites
  • Kite taking food
  • Kites scrapping
  • Red kite against trees
  • Swooping kite

Most of the photographs of the kites on this website were taken from the hide with a 300mm lens plus 1.4TC – all hand-held. A tripod isn’t very useful to bring as the seats in the hide get in the way, but a bean bag or small support can be very helpful.

The kites seldom land so the majority of photographic opportunities are going to be flight shots and the approximate distance from the hide to the food is 50m.

We can put out the food on either side of the hide, which can behelpful – bearing in mind that the birds tend to dive into the wind as they feed. Of course sometimes the wind direction doesn’t give us very good lighting choices but we can be flexible about the feeding place – do feel free to ring us to discuss beforehand.

Our prime concern is always to avoid disturbance to the birds so we do ask photographers to be sensitive to this and to stay inside the hide. Here at Argaty we are not trying to end up with tame Red Kites: the numbers you see will depend very much on what time of year you are visiting and also on many other factors like the weather, availabilty of other food and so on.

Other phototography opportunities at Argaty

Wildlife photography

There are also plenty of opportunities for other wildlife photography on our summer guided walks.

Photography workshops with Dean Bricknell

We are also privileged to have Dean Bricknell running photography workshops here if you would like to learn a little more about the techniques needed for wildlife photography.

Dean, our resident wildlife photographer and volunteer (who was voted Favourite Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010), is running wildlife photography workshops at Argaty. His experience and enthusiasm for wildlife make him the ideal leader for these workshops.

This is a good introduction workshop for beginners and those wishing to learn more about their camera and wildlife photography.

Workshops last approximately five hours (booking essential).

For more information, booking and prices,

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