Friday 10th Sept - Saturday 11th Sept 2021 - FULL
White-tailed sea eagles are the UK’s largest birds and with a mightily impressive eight foot wingspan, any close encounter is guaranteed to get the heart racing.
I’ve been working with Martin and Alex of Mull Charters for many years now and what these guys don’t know about the White-tailed eagles on Mull isn’t worth knowing. They are most definitely ‘eagle whisperers’. It always blows my mind that the eagles will actually fly quite literally miles to greet ‘Lady Jayne’, as they know the boat well and know a fishy snack awaits them. They even search out the boat when it’s hidden behind an island, and this happened to us twice on recent trips and even interrupted our coffee break!
This masterclass/workshop is designed as a way to maximise your time spent on the boat and make sure you're in the prime position to capture images to be proud of. There will be a maximum of five participants on this masterclass, which is to ensure you have space to nail each and every dive from the eagles. In my experience any more than this and there is always someone out-of-position and this in turn leads to someone being disappointed and frustrated, which is the last thing I want to happen. It’s all about everyone having a good experience.
Arrival day is Friday with a rendezvous at Ulva Ferry at 12 noon. Over a hearty lunch will have a briefing and chat about how the next two days will unfold, and post-lunch we will waste no time in boarding the ‘Lady Jayne’ for the first of our three private charters. We cast-off at 13:00 sharp and get right down to business of photographing the majestic eagles. This trip will consists of a three hour afternoon trip. Fingers crossed we will be blessed with some lovely soft light, although taking into consideration this is the west coast of Scotland we could end up with anything!
Saturday morning will be a double-header and is scheduled to begin at 10:00am. We will be back to to shore for around 15:00 allowing time for you to catch a late afternoon/early evening ferry. Lunch will be served on-board Lady Jayne.
Guidance on technique and camera settings will be freely given in a jargon free and easy to understand way, maximising your chances to capturing images to be proud of. Technical areas covered will be exposure, shutter speeds, ISO and optimising your auto focus settings.
I recommend a minimum mid-range DSLR body with a lens with a focal length of 300-400mm. No tripod or bean bag is required as all photography from the boat will be handheld. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss your equipment and its suitability.
Other species that may be seen and photographed during the boat trips are Dolphins, Seals and Gannets.
Maximum of 5 participants ensuring ample space for everyone to move around and swing their cameras around.
We are unable to control the climatic conditions so in the event of any of the boat trips being cancelled a refund for the appropriate proportion of the boat charter cost will be refunded pro-rata.
Three trips on Lady Jayne each lasting approximately three hours each.
All guiding and tuition - patient and courteous help and advice as and when it’s required.
A hearty Lunch on both days, Tea, coffee and snacks.
Fun, banter, hilarity and jokes, Photographing wildlife should be an enjoyable experience.
Although we’re serious about helping to obtain the best possible images, this will be done in a fun and relaxed way.
This is a low-intensity masterclass. the only physically challenging aspect is the getting on and off the boat and keeping oneself steady if there is a swell.
What’s not included:
Accommodation (I'm happy to advise on the best places to stay depending on your budget).
Travel getting to and getting around Mull
Waterproof and warm clothing and a waterproof cover for your camera.
A camera with lenses with a focal length/s between 300-500m on a full-frame sensor is ideal, a reasonably fast focusing DSLR body with a shutter rate of five frames per second or faster will greatly improve you success rate.
A non-refundable deposit (a refund will be offered in the case of a Scottish government enforced Covid lockdown) of £299 will be required at the time of booking.
The balance will be due six weeks before the masterclass.