After very successful trip last January, I am running the Isle of Mull Wildlife Photography Workshop again January 2018. We had some great success with photographing the local species around the island particularly with the Eurasian otter.
If there are 3 friends/colleagues wanting to go to Mull together I can arrange a private trip for that group outwith of these dates.
Saturday 9th to Wednesday 13th December 2017
Saturday 13th to Wednesday 17th January 2018 *Full*
This will be my 12th year running this workshop
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Cost £990, includes all food and accommodation for four nights, four days photography, transport during the workshop. Pick up and drop off at Craignure from the ferry for foot passengers if required
A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to hold the booking, the reservation is made when the deposit has been received from you and the booking confirmed via email from Ron McCombe Wildlife Photography.
Deposits paid are not refundable, balance for the workshop is due one month before start date of the workshop. Unless notice of cancellation is received before the balance payment date, the balance will be remain payable and due. It is your responsibility to take out travel insurance to cover the cost in case of sickness and unforeseen eventualities.
Isle of Mull Otter Photography Workshop with Ron McCombe: Jan 2017
I have been to the Isle of Mull many times over the years but have never been able to get any decent Otter photographs. Seeing Otters on Mull is relatively easy, but getting good photographs is a completely different matter. I therefore decided to book the Otter Photography Trip with Ron McCombe, mainly because his Otter photo’s from previous trips were superb. I arrived at the accommodation on Saturday evening and was very pleasantly surprised at the excellent standard of the house – a lovely large open lounge, dining area and kitchen with underfloor heating, very spacious bedrooms, most with on-suite bathrooms. I was immediately made to feel very welcome by Ron and his wife Lynne and given an overview of the next 4 days.
Within just a few short hours on Day 1, we were onto Otters, not just distant views, but close enough to start taking decent photo’s – I was delighted – what a great start. As the day progressed I was able to watch and study the Otter activity, learn to predict their behavoir and what was going to happen next. Ron continuously shared tips and advice on the Otters and camera settings, which has taken him many, many years in the field to learn himself.
As each day progressed we got closer and closer to many different Otters and the photo’s just got better and better. I cannot believe how many great shots I had in the bag. Each evening (after a fabulous home cooked three course meal) we reviewed our photo’s and Ron shared his workflow and processing techniques. During moving from one Otter site to the next, we also picked up many more sightings and photo’s of Mull’s other wildlife – Red Deer, Golden Eagle, Sea Eagle, Hen Harrier, Curlew etc etc. One key issue for me was that the welfare of the Otters always came first and if it looked like they were concerned about our prescence, we backed away.
It was a fantastic 4 days and I came away not only with many great images but I had also learned so much.
The trip far exceeded my expectations and I would like to thank Ron for a superb four days.
David Naylor – Darbyshire
Not Included. Travel to Mull. alcoholic drinks, personal items, travel insurance
We have had great success on my workshops to the Isle of Mull in recent years getting very close to the illusive Eurasian otter, and the red deer. Come along to the Isle of Mull and experience the fantastic wildlife the island has to offer Eurasian otter, red deer, fallow deer, feral goat, common buzzards and there may be opportunities to get the white-tailed and golden eagles.
The group size is very small, only three people. This enables us to get close to the target species and give good opportunities for better tuition. The days will be spent searching around the sea lochs for the otters, Lochbuie, Loch Scridain, Loch Na Keal and Loch Spelvie in particular for the Eurasian otter with many stopping off points to observe red deer, feral goats, fallow deer, buzzards and eagles.
Bring your laptop along and in the evenings we can look at the pictures taken during the day and give advice on processing the images using Adobe Photoshop.
Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
The eurasian otter is protected by the Wildlife and Countryside act 1981 schedule 5 and 6, and as such you are responsible for your own actions in proximity to the otters. As a wildlife photographer morally it is not acceptable to disturb the otters when taking photographs. If you behave in an inappropriate manner and disturb the otters you may be asked to leave the workshop without recompense.
Prime lenses are ideal, 400mm, 500mm and good sizes, 300mm with a tele-converter would also be a good size. Zoom lenses 100 – 400 is a good size. A large bean bag and tripod are useful. Subdued or camouflage clothing is a must, waterproof jacket and trousers. Spare batteries, and CF cards.
Some images taken during recent workshops
More images of otters in my otter porfolio at this link Otter Portfolio