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Osprey and Raptors Workshop

Scottish Highlands

Osprey and Raptors Workshop

Scottish Highlands

Osprey and Raptors Workshop


Osprey and Raptors Workshop

2nd – 3rd – 4th August 2019

The Raptor part of the workshop is on Saturday 3rd 11:00 – 4:00pm

Total cost of the full three days for Ospreys and Raptors – £195 per day

Nine Spaces available

A 50% none refundable deposit is required to secure the booking.  By paying the deposit you are agreeing to our terms and conditions


The Osprey has a stronghold in the Scottish Highlands and the area around Aviemore holds good numbers. The birds can be seen fishing in the local lochs and rivers nearby. he site.

The site Aviemore ospreys continually out performs other osprey sites in the area in terms of dive each morning. This year saw 32 dives during my workshop in July. There are two hides on the site, the original hide which gives mainly side on shots and the new hide which gives head-on shots. Everyone will have the opportunities to use both hides

July is the peak time for ospreys to fish as their young start to fledge and leave the nest.

The site is in the centre of Aviemore the exact meeting place will be given when booking.

The photography loch site is a very short walk to the hide overlooking the small loch where the ospreys feed on the stocked fish. The strike rate last summer was 6 -10 strikes per morning giving great opportunities to get images of this great event.

This is difficult photography and I recommend that all photographer do three days for the ospreys to be sure of getting the images you are looking for. The light can vary in the early morning, the weather can vary and the time of day the ospreys come to fish can vary


In addition to the Osprey workshop we will be photographing a collection of falconry birds on the Sunday afternoon at 12:00 – 4:00. The raptors will be golden eagle, goshawk, peregrine falcon, Ural owl, bald eagle, Tawney owl spectacled owl. The birds may change due to condition and breeding status.

The selection of birds is left to John the Falconer, he will not bring birds in poor condition and birds that are not well.

We have a private flying area within a pine wooded for the raptor part of the workshop the only people present are the photographers, the gates will be locked behind us and the birds are able to fly freely.

Workshop Timing

The workshop corresponds with the young Ospreys fledgling, this changes each year depending on mainly the weather. This is the best time for photographers to get images of the adult female teaching her young to dive for fish and some young fledged later that others and need much persuasion to leave the nest by the adult birds. They will coax the young off the nest by taking food to a nearby tree and calling the young, persuading them to leave the nest.

Included. The number of sessions booked in the loch-side hide in the early morning. Tuition on all mornings.

Not included. Accommodation, food, transport to and from Aviemore, equipment, insurance.


Lenses useful for the workshop are 300mm – 600mm prime lenses, 100-300mm, 100-400mm, 200-400mm zoom lenses. bean bag, tripod, spare cards, and batteries. It can be quite cold so a small flask of something hot would be useful.


Each day meet at 04:15am on each morning in the car park near to the hide and make our way down to the hide to photograph the ospreys at around 08:30am the osprey photography will end, and the rest of the day is free.

Osprey and Rapors workshop interest form

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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 click on the image below to see details of the workshop that takes your interest

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.

Governing Law

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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Ron McCombe Wildlife Photographer
Tel: 01450 870044
Mob: 07962401770
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