CONTRASTS OF SPAIN

  

 

  

Catalunya, North Eastern Spain

This workshop is based in two contrasting areas of Catalunya, the Lleida Plains and the Catalunya Mountains., and provides photographic opportunities with a wide range of bird species


Overview

The plains around Lleida have a simple and tranquil beauty, especially at the time of day when the photographic sessions are held --- in the early morning and evening. At these times of golden light the flatness of the landscape means that the sun is not obscured.

During the time of year of the workshop, the start of the breeding season, the subjects are the most active and visible as they are engaged in courtship and mating displays. These displays provide superb opportunities for action photography.

The time in the Catalunya Mountains provides a markedly contrasting set of photographic opportunities amid stunning landscapes. The birds of this area are predominately birds of prey which can be photographed both in flight and feeding at close range


Photography Sessions

The aim of the workshop is to provide each member of the group with an extended opportunity to photograph all of the species present at each location

Each day in the plains location will consist of an early start, about 5 am , so that every member of the group is in place in a hide by 6 am. The session will last until about 10 30 am or 11 00 am so that the best of the morning light can be exploited.

After each morning session the group will return to the hotel for breakfast followed by, to suit individual requirements, either free time or image assessment

At about 4 pm the group will set out for the evening session with every member of the group being at a different location from that of the morning session. The evening session will last until about 8 pm at which time the group will return to the hotel for the evening meal and to share the experiences of the day.

The days spent in the Catalunya mountains are differently structured because the photographic sessions in the hides have to last all day to minimise the disturbance to the subject birds. The hides are entered about 5 30 am and are left at about 6 pm. The hides contain a toilet and beds.


Plains Hides

These are one person hides that are able to be transported from location to location. They are positioned, after the birds have selected where they will display or nest that year, prior to the start of the workshop, so that they are in the best location for photography. The hides are of wood or fabric construction and are sized to take one photographer and equipment.

The prime bird species targeted include Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Little Bustard, Stone Curlew and Little Owl. However, many other species, such as Marsh Harrier, Thekla Lark, Red Legged Partridge, Corn Bunting and Whinchat  may also provide photographic opportunities.


Mountain Hides

Both of these are much larger hides that are able to accommodate up to three photographers. The group will be split into two parties for these hides with each party having a full day in each hide.

One hide is set on the side of a steep hillside overlooking deep valley and mountains. It provides superb opportunities for photography of birds of prey both feeding and in flight. During the feeding phase of these sessions there can be more than one hundred Griffon Vultures present accompanied by both Red and Black Kites, Ravens , Kestrels and , possibly , Egyptian Vultures. Due to the hide’s location, flight shots of the upper surfaces of the birds are possible as well as ones of the birds flying level with, and close to,  the hide.

This hide provides a very rich photo-opportunity with totals of more than a thousand images being captured regularly during a session.

The other mountain hide is set even higher in the mountains in a conservation area that is home to the rare and elusive Lammergeier, also know as the Bearded Vulture. The hide is set on the point of a spur with a superb mountain landscape as the photographic backdrop. In itself the Lammergeier is worthy of a dedicated hide and, with luck, one will visit the feeding station in front of the hide during the photography session. In addition Griffon Vultures, both Red and Black Kites  and, just possibly Egyptian and Black Vultures will make appearances.

Other birds such as Rock Thrush, Tawny Pipit and White Wagtails provide photographic opportunities along with seasonal migrants.


General Information

To maximise the photographic achievement at each hide or location detailed notes on camera techniques and settings will be issued and discussed the night before the sessions. The behaviour expected from the subjects will also be explained at that time so that the key action can be anticipated and captured. 


 
 
Detailed notes, on the location ,species, behaviour, camera settings and techniques, will accompany you with every hide. To maximise your opportunities .
Each species on offer will also be discussed at length the evening before. So everyone understands  the procedures for photographing each species.

Bird Species List

Equipment Required 

Our Aim

Conservation and Permits


 

Some of Tim's images

 

http://www.wildphotolife.co.uk/Spain/images/Searching%20Lammergeier%202012.jpg

http://www.wildphotolife.co.uk/Spain/images/Bee%20Stretch%202012.jpg

http://www.wildphotolife.co.uk/Spain/images/Hoopoe%202012.jpg

http://www.wildphotolife.co.uk/Spain/images/Red%20Kite%20Intensity%202012.jpg


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Tour in Detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dates

 


 

4th -11th May 2016

 

8 days 7 nights

 


 Guided by

Lee Mott


Group Size

Maximum of

7 Photographers.

 

 

Cost

£1495 GBP 

 

 

Cost Includes

All transport within Spain.

All guidance & tuition

All admission fees 

Accommodation,

food and drink.

 

   Cost Excludes

 Alcohol and

personal effects. 

& Air fares 

 

Fitness Level

  

 Level 2

 

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