Golden Eagles Northern SwedenKalvtrask Vasterbottan Lan Northern Sweden
Friday 14th – Tuesday 18th February 2020.
Three people maximum – Two spaces left
10 years experience running these workshops
All the images are of wild birds on this page have been taken by me in Sweden, I expect my clients to get similar quality of images of the species seen on the trip
Come to northern Sweden to photograph these magnificent birds in their natural surroundings. The workshop consists of three days photography and two days travel. The photography of the eagles is challenging and discussions continue during the day in the hide to get the very best images possible.
The conditions can be extreme at times with very low temperatures, the hide is a log cabin with a heater and plenty of tea and coffee all day as required, basic toilet facilities available.
We will discuss techniques on how to get the correct exposure, exposure compensation and white balance required for shooting in snowy conditions.
Some of the other birds that visit the hide throughout the day
Travel Friday to Skellefteå via Stockholm Arlanda, and transfer to Kalvtrask
Saturday, Sunday, Monday are photography days
Tuesday return home via Skellefteå and Stockholm
The group size for this workshop is three people in the workshop. If you have the group of that size wishing to do this workshop I can arrange it at a time to suit you availability permitting.
All our guests have their own room
Each photographer has two apertures and as such need, two lenses, 300mm – 600mm + teleconverters, zoom lenses are also good 100 – 400mm of 150 – 600mm. You will need to bring tripod heads for each setup. There is a possibility we might see the northern lights and a wide angle lens is useful for this and a tripod. We will not be using tripods in the hide. Camera plates are provided.
Passport, spare batteries, battery chargers spare cards etc. A cable release is useful
We will meet in terminal 4 at Stockholm which is where the flight to Skelleftea leaves. It’s a small terminal. There is a bar on the right-hand side as you pass through security,we normally meet there.
It is essential that you make the flight up to Skeleftea as the transfer is 90 minutes to Kalvtrask from the airport
You need to layer up for the walk into the hide, five layers are plenty it’s about ten minutes (400 yards). The hides are heated so you will be taking layers off in the hide
The currency is the Swedish Krona. I use my debit card to buy food etc in the airports. There is nowhere to spend any money on Kalvtrask. There are no hotels or bars
The accommodation is in a farmhouse in the village of Kalvtrask, Vasterbotton Lan, Northern Sweden.
You will be staying in a farmhouse with shared facilities. You will have your own room with a cot style bed and living out of a suitcase for the duration on the workshop
This is not hotel accommodation and is on the basic side. The house is very warm and clean and comfortable
Transfers to and from Skellefteå Airport, accommodation, all meals, tuition in the hide, transport to and from the hide.
Flights, extra accommodation you may need, food whilst travelling, alcoholic drinks, travel insurance.
It is essential you have travel insurance to cover any unforeseen eventualities on this trip
A £500 deposit is required to secure the booking with the balance payable on the 15th November 2019.
Check the workshop availability and book for the Golden Eagle Workshop Skellefteå Sweden 2019 workshop
Other species that can be seen are:
Golden eagle, white-tailed eagle, great spotted woodpecker, Eurasian jay, willow tit and bullfinch very close. black woodpecker, grey-headed woodpecker, raven, elk? red fox. red squirrel and occasionally goshawk
See more images of golden eagles from this workshop Golden Eagle Gallery
I have added a second gallery from this years workshop you can see the images here
David Naylor – Derbyshire February 2019
The trip was absolutely excellent – thank you very much for all of your efforts and hard work in making it happen. I was not expecting multiple visits by different birds every day – very special to be so close………. David
Richard Stacey – Suffolk Feb 2018
Thanks for the wonderful trip, you always hope when you book a trip like this that it will be good, but this exceeded all expectations. You supplied us with all the info we needed before the trip and passed on some very good tips on how to improve the end results. Your company was excellent and the rest of the party great. I have dropped Conny a line thanking him and asked him to thank his wife for the great meals. I seem to have rather a lot of photos to go through but that will be exciting ( hopefully I have a couple in focus!).
I hope the rest of your journey home went ok and with a bit of luck, I think I will be able to swing an otter trip next January. I am just going to wait till a friend comes home from holiday next week to see if I can persuade him to join me, so will be in contact very soon. Thanks again from one very happy guy………..Richard
Colin Moyes – Suffolk Feb 2018
I would like to say how much I enjoyed the trip with you, I thought it was absolutely fantastic in every way. Wildlife can be very unpredictable as we all know, never mind the weather. I thought the trip was so well organised by yourself, the hospitality and food and accommodation by Conny and Caterina was excellent too. I enjoyed everyone’s company also. I have looked at my pics and I am very pleased with them, so close to the Eagle on the last day! I will remember the trip for the rest of my life, truly amazing in many ways also meeting someone like Conny, so once again Ron a big thank you. I hope to see you at the bird fair later this year, best regards…………Colin
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Terms and Conditions
A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to hold the booking, the reservation is made when the booking form and deposit has been received from you and the booking confirmed via e-mail from Ron McCombe Wildlife Photography.
Deposits paid are not refundable, the balance for the workshop you have booked is payable by November 1st for the Otters Workshop and one month before the start date of other workshops.
Unless notice of cancellation is received before the balance payment date the balance will remain payable and due. It is your responsibility to take out travel insurance to cover the cost of sickness and unforeseen eventualities e.g. severe weather
If your trip has to be cancelled by Ron McCombe Wildlife Photography, a full refund of paid monies will be made, however, no further liability will be accepted by Ron McCombe Wildlife Photography.
During the tour, you must behave in a way that is not disruptive to the species we are photographing, or upsetting or dangerous to you or colleagues on the workshop, and you must follow the reasonable requests of the tour leader. Ron McCombe Wildlife Photography will be able to terminate your participation in the tour if your behaviour is, in its reasonable opinion, in breach of this obligation and in such circumstances Ron McCombe Wildlife Photography will have no further liability to you.
Ron McCombe Wildlife Photography will not be liable for any cost and/or loss you incur which is as a result of your actions or the actions of a third party unconnected with Ron McCombe Wildlife Photography which Ron McCombe Wildlife Photography could not reasonably foresee or forestall, any unusual or unforeseeable event beyond the reasonable control of Ron McCombe Wildlife Photography.
It is a fundamental booking condition that you accept the hazards involved in visiting remote areas and engaging in potentially dangerous activities. To take part in one of our tours you must be covered by adequate insurance for the duration of the tour and for the activities undertaken. The insurance must cover the cancellation and curtailment by the operator, including workshops where boats are used for the workshop or for transportation purposes, medical and emergency expenses (including repatriation), personal accident, injury and death. In addition, you should be insured against loss of or damage to baggage, personal possessions and flight cancellations and delays.
Ron McCombe Wildlife Photography does not accept liability for death, bodily injury or illness unless this arises from the negligent act or omission of Ron McCombe Wildlife Photography employees during the course of their employment. Ron McCombe Wildlife Photography and its employees are covered by worldwide public liability insurance up to a maximum of £5,000,000 in any one event.
These Terms and the relationship between you and us shall be governed by the law in Scotland. Any dispute may be decided by the Scottish courts or those of any other part of the United Kingdom.
All Ron’s photographs displayed on the website are here for you to enjoy, it is hoped that you will experience some of the pleasure enjoyed when taking them. If you wish to own a copy yourself feel free to contact me. The beauty of the wildlife that surrounds us is clearly shown in the images within. All images are the copyright of Ron McCombe, reproduction without written permission is not allowed.
If you would like a print or use of any of the pictures on my site or would like to commission a piece of work please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will be happy to discuss your requirements. Please email me at this link
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