I’ve been planning this trip for a while (since last year) and today I can finally announce a date and bookings are already available. Only 8 spaces are available so will probably sell out quite quickly.
Here is a date for your diary, Wednesday 13th May 2020. This is a guided trip to the amazing Castro Verde area in the Lower Alentejo with transport included.
Come and join me for a day where you’ll be picked up in either Albufeira, São Bartolomeu de Messines or São Marcos da Serra in a Air Conditioned 9-seater Minibus and driven into the Steppe terrain around Castro Verde. You will visit the fantastic LPN centre nearby where you will have a presentation followed by staff available for any questions. For those that are feeling the need to explore, we will take a gentle 3.5km walk around the site to view the many species of bird life present in this area. If we are lucky we will see the beautiful European Roller that breed at the centre.
After a lunch stop (not included) you’ll be driven around the local Castro Verde area on the hunt for some of the larger species of raptors that frequent the area, including various Vultures, Eagles and Harriers. Of course, we may even get to spot the Little and Great Bustards that the LPN have helped survive in the area.
This field trip back in February was very popular and sold out quickly therefore, I have added the event for booking much earlier this year and is scheduled for Saturday February 8th.
If you know all about this trip and just want to book, please CLICK HERE.
Come and spend a morning with me and other like-minded nature and photography lovers in the historic town of Silves amongst the stunning White Storks. Although this trip is designed with photographers in mind, feel free to join us even if you don’t bring a camera!
There will be plenty of opportunities to photograph Storks on their huge nests and point your camera at these giants in flight. We may even be lucky to witness them fighting over nesting rights. Of course, I will be on hand to offer advice on all aspects of photography from exposure settings to bird in flight techniques.
This is the perfect Field Trip if you are wanting to improve your Bird in Flight technique!
The morning will consist of the following schedule;
» A brief talk about the White Storks and their habitat, lifestyle, feeding, breeding and migration patterns. » Photographic opportunities of Storks on their huge nests with walks to various nest sites around the city of Silves. » Photographic opportunities of Storks in flight. » During the morning I will be on hand to help with any photographic tips and techniques from exposure settings to Bird in Flight Techniques.
Although it helps if you have a little experience in photography anyone is welcome on this field trip as I will offer help and advice. It can be used as a followup or a taster to my Digital Photography Fundamentals Workshop.
Where is this Field Trip?
This trip is in the stunning historical city of Silves. Why not make a day of it and spend the afternoon exploring this fantastic city! Google Map of Silves
How large is the group size?
This trip has a maximum number of 12 people.
What time does it start?
We will meet at 8:00am in Silves.
What time does it finish?
Approximately 1pm, however, you are able to leave earlier if you wish.
Is this a strenuous activity?
No, although we will be walking around the city and standing for most of the time.
Is transport included?
No, attendees must make their own travel arrangements.
What language is spoken during this Field Trip?
What is the price?
Just €14 per person
Are White Storks sightings guaranteed?
Whilst nothing in nature can be guaranteed, it is extremely unlikely that there will be no White Storks present. Silves has White Storks all year and during February they are usually in abundance.
What camera do I need?
Any camera is suitable and although you don’t require super telephoto or zoom lenses, it is recommended that you have a modest magnification available. Feel free to bring along any equipment (various lenses, tripods etc.) you wish, but bear in mind you will be responsible for carrying your equipment. Please Contact Me should you want any advice.
Is this trip dependent on the weather?
Yes and maybe rescheduled due to bad weather. We of course want perfectly clear skies and glorious light, however, this cannot be guaranteed. Should there be inclement weather forecast (rain or strong winds) then the trip will be rescheduled. Should bad weather be forecast then a final decision will be made 5pm the night before and all attendees will be notified by email and/or telephone.
Where is the meeting place?
The location will be communicated nearer the day.
Payment is required in advance by booking online and paying via either PayPal (inc Credit/Debit card without a PayPal account) or Bank Transfer. By booking onto the this Field Trip you are agreeing to the Terms and Conditions.
Come and join me on Saturday 9th February on a Field Trip at the historical city of Silves and observe the White Storks up close. During this morning Field Trip I will not only explain all about these gentle (or not so!) giants of the bird world but offer help and explanations on how to photograph them on their nests, feeding and of course, in flight!
This Field Trip is available to any experience of photographer and due to the size of these birds you won’t need a huge superzoom or telephoto lens, although some degree of magnification is required.
The cost of this trip is just €8 per person, all are welcome even if you have no interest in photographing them. Spaces are limited to just 10 attendees, so I would recommend booking early.
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