Woodland Bird Workshops
Woodland Bird Workshops.
Nr. Hawick, Scottish Borders
1 person £70. 2 people £60 per person, 3 and 4 people £50 per person
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
We now have wheelchair access to the hide
The prefered method of payment is by BACS Transfer
My account details are as follows:-
Santander – AR McCombe – Account No 35735528 – Sort Code 09 01 27
IBAN – GB75 ABBY 0901 2735 7355 28
BIC – ABBYGB2LXXX
woodland birds hide
The hide is near Hawick in the central Scottish Borders
The hide seats four people, and plates are fitted to take tripod heads or beanbags are available if required. The hide is also heated and toilet facilities are available. We now have wheelchair access to the hide
The birds are 12 – 16 feet from the camera on multiple setups including a reflection pool
Some of the birds visiting are, the great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, Eurasian jay, treecreeper, common redpoll, blue tit, great tit, coal tit, long-tailed tit (in winter), dunnock, goldfinch, Robin, pheasant, collared dove, occasionally Sparrowhawk, occasionally spotted flycatcher, blackbird, tree sparrow, the house sparrow. brambling. grey wagtail
We will be looking at exposure and exposure compensation, the use of shutter speed and ISO setting in relation to shutter speeds and aperture settings along with white balance setting and the use of Kelvin
The birds are very close and exceptionally good images can be expected with great backgrounds.
Toilet facilities available
Thank you for another great morning of photography, I had a brilliant time seeing so many birds come to the garden to have their photo taken. The time goes by so fast, I could have stayed for a week and still thought ‘just another hour!’
I’m just going through the 3 million photos I took and enjoying the process as there is such a variety of birds.
I imagine I’ll see you again very soon, and maybe I’ll get the shot I just missed of the blackbirds fighting. Meantime take care.
Linda McDermott……… March 2022
Thank you so much for yesterday I had such a lovely time and learnt lots of little nuggets of information to help me with my photography. I’ve ordered a remote control and another couple of sd cards with the idea of not formatting my cards until I know I have the photos!
I realised I had set the camera to manual shooting instead of manual focus, but now that I know how to do it properly it will be very useful when using a tripod and focused on one area. I’ve been finding out about kelvin and how to set it and I also know to keep my camera on silent to keep the count down, as I said lots of nuggets!
I really enjoyed hearing about your travels and wildlife stories over some excellent coffee and I will always remember where I saw my first brambling, be it just the upper body but I hope it has come back with the others for you today and you’ve got some lovely shots to add to your portfolio.
Lynda McDermott………………..Hawick Scottish Borders
Thank you for a brilliant morning. I learnt more from you than all the online courses I’ve done I’ll definitely be back. For any female photographers feeling nervous I have to say that the safe welcome given by you and Lynne was just so reassuring. Thank you so so much
Shona Finlayson ………Bigger
Myself and Jim spent a very enjoyable few hours in the company of Ron at his hide this morning. Great set-up with a huge variety of photo opportunities. Lots of helpful pointers and great photography and wildlife chat not to mention first-class coffee. Would certainly recommend it to others and will be returning soon to try out the badger hide.
William Stuart with Jim Flynn ……… Livingstone
Just a thank you for the wonderful time my brother Derek and I spent in your hide recently. Wonderful setup, great advice and stories and the coffee were worth the trip alone. We highly recommend anyone interested in bird photography to visit the hide. We will be booking the Badger hide soon and look forward to seeing you again.
Had a great photography session today with Ron in the garden hide. The weather was awful but the welcome was warm. The hide was comfortable and the range of birds was nothing short of spectacular, got some great shots, Ron even helped me with my camera settings which for someone like me was a real benefit. Highly recommended, looking forward to my next visit.
An email to let you know how very much I enjoyed yesterday morning at Tower Cottage. I have never been in such a luxury hide before, with heating and a supply of coffee and biscuits, and your most excellent company as mine host! Very pleased with some of my nuthatch shots — it is over seven years since my “early period” with nuthatches in Fairmilehead and I am pleased to report, albeit somewhat immodestly, that I can see a great improvement in the results.
I greatly appreciated your quiet understated educational approach, in relation for instance to the business of moving the single focus point in relation to the size and posture of the bird, and being sure of how to do it quickly. Seems so simple and obvious with hindsight, but…………………. Kelvin too is a new addition to my armamentarium, so after today I shall feel a little less like “just a birder with a camera”.
“Many thanks for a great morning. I’ll certainly be back this spring”
Jim Black….. Paisley
“Just wanted to thank you and Lynn for the most lovely day yesterday. It was a real delight to be welcomed to your home and a day I will treasure. When we walked to the hide I just couldn’t believe the cacophony of bird songs I could hear in the trees. I knew then I was in for a real treat!
Not only did I learn so much and got some great tips and advice it was just wonderful to hear about your travels and experiences and see some of your amazing pictures”
Philly Bell ….. Alnwick
Thanks again for the two wonderful mornings at your hide, the group were delighted with the pictures and all keen to repeat the experience, hopefully in February”
Carole Maclaren. North Berwick Photographic Society
“Just a wee thank you for running the workshop today – all the “lads” really enjoyed the visit and we certainly plan a return trip next year. I also got one of the shots I’ve always wanted, goldfinch on the teasel, with at least at a couple of hundred more to process!
“Ron – Thanks for a great time at the workshop just had a look at the Siskin and goldys really happy best I’ve taken yet. The light was spot on. Please keep me informed of anything else coming up and still might do that one again to hit on with the Redpolls.”
Neil Cairns – Morpeth
“Ron – This is a long overdue thank you message for our visit to your woodland hide. Joan and I thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent with you. I don’t know about Joan’s pics but I am very pleased with mine. I’m getting used to my new camera and getting good results. Think I might go for a longer lens……..had a rubbish X2 converter which I got rid of.
Thanks again for your hospitality and thanks to your birdies for performing for us! I may come back sometime.”
Louise Wallace – Selkirk
Zoom lenses are a good idea, 100 – 400, 150 – 600mm are good sizes, and Prime lenses are 300mm, 400mm, and 500mm. The birds are large in the frame with 500mm & 600mm but you get intimate portraits with these larger lenses.
Bridge cameras can be really good at this workshop, a great opportunity to get a video of the birds
Toilet facilities are available
1 person £70. 2 people £60 per person, 3 and 4 people £50 per person.