ebirder is a small, specialist photography company run by Marcus Conway. He has been running photography tours since 2005 across the Scottish Highlands and Islands. In 2012 he was awarded Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year.

Long Tailed Duck Photography Workshop Guiding

Dependant on weather and tides it is possible to photograph a range of Sea duck from our sea duck photography guiding days, including the delightful Long Tailed Duck – at close range. Understanding where to go based on light, wind, tide and time of year we will take you to the right places to photograph a range of species. This day focusses on getting as close as we can to the usually distant sea ducks. Our clients have been able to photograph Common and Velvet Scoter and we have also found (and photographed) King Eider, Little Auk and White Billed Diver as part of these guided days.
 
Species: Long Tailed Duck, Eider, Goldeneye, Red Breasted Merganser, Shag, Common Scoter, Turnstone, Redshank. Purple Sandpiper. Outside chance of King eider, Borealis Eider, Velvet Scoter, Divers, Little Auk

Rates:
One to one = £200
One to two = £250
One to three or four = £300

Dates: December – March

Please contact us to find out more or to book a place

 


Red Grouse Photography Workshop Guiding

Red Grouse are one of the most charismatic birds that can be photographed in the Scottish Highlands. Several sites provide easy access and a range of possibilities to obtain a variety of images. March is a great time to photograph Grouse as the males can be particularly feisty, as well as summer when the young Grouse are fledging and the Heather starts to bloom. In recent years we have also found a good area to photograph Grouse in flight.

Given the location of the Grouse they can easily be combined with a range of other species such as;

Mountain Hare, Dipper, Brown Hare: all year
Redstart, Tree Pipit, Wheatear, Golden Plover: spring/summer
Red Deer and Roe Deer: autumn (generally not the best time)

 
Species: Red Grouse, Golden Plover

Rates:
One to one = £200
One to two = £250
One to three or four = £300

Dates: All year
Please contact us to find out more or to book a place

 


Dotterel Photography Workshop Guiding

Following private guiding success in 2012 and 2013 we are running Dotterel Photography Workshops in the Cairngorms and in a mountain range north of Inverness, depednant on mnumbers at each site. Whilst Dotterel are schedule one birds their obliging nature means that photography is often possible wihtout disturbing these charming waders. Dotterels are most active shortly after arrival and before nesting as females compete for the attention of males and our clients have captured fantastic images of birds in the snow and courting. This workshop could be combined with extra days guiding for Redstart, Mountain Hare, Dipper, Checkered Skipper, Bottlenose Dolphin or one of the Osprey hides in Aviemore.

We often see Ptarmigan in the same areas as the Dotterel, at this time of year they are normally in their summer plumage.

Please note this workshop requires a day of hill walking.

Species: Dotterel, Ptarmigan, Wheatear, Ring Ouzel

Rates:
One to one = £200
One to two = £250
One to three or four = £300

Dates: May 20th – June 20th

Please contact us to find out more or to book a place


Mountain Hare Photography Workshop Guiding

We have been taking groups of photographers to capture Mountain Hare for several years at a range of Highland locations. We will show you how to get close to these fantastic creatures – though that is often determined by the Hare itself – they are runners or sitters! We can use three or four different locations depending on the type of shots required from sleepy sitting Hares within easy reach or to other secret locations. For example another moorland hill that has over 200 Hares (but requires a three mile walk.) Some of our clients have been lucky enough to see and photograph the Hares boxing on more than one occasion please contact us to find out the best times to photograph this. 

Depending on which site we use there are a range of other attractions including Brown Hare, Golden Eagle (though not likely to photograph), Short Eared Owl, Stonechat, Goat and of course Red Grouse
 
Species: Mountain Hare, Mountain Goat, Brown Hare, Red Grouse

Rates:
One to one = £200
One to two = £250
One to three or four = £300

Dates: All year

Please contact us to find out more or to book a place


Photography Workshops in Scotland Guiding Overview

Our bird and wildlife photography guiding and bespoke photography days in Scotland are carefully selected to provide a relaxed and wildlife-rich environment that provides you with the best chance to take photographs and trial new skills and techniques.

Pricing
One to one = £200
One to two = £250
One to three or four = £300

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We also offer one-to-one bespoke bird and wildlife packages for one day or longer. These are ideal for photographers with a limited amount of time and/or a lengthy list of target species.


You will learn how to take pictures like this:

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Key reasons to choose ebirder:

  • We are based in The Scottish Highlands – we have local knowledge
  • Small group sizes assure that you will have adequate time and that your questions can be answered
  • Our locations are thoroughly researched to give the best opportunity to photograph wild birds and animals
  • In-depth instruction set in incredible landscapes
  • 4×4 vehicle transport
  • Relaxed, informal and friendly
  • Cater for all levels of photographer with the same enthusiastic and positive approach
  • Focussed on your needs and making sure that you get the most from your experience


Check out our customer feedback or contact us for more information.

Our one-to-one workshops are designed to meet your needs. Whether you are a beginner keen to make progress or an experienced photographer looking to add to your portfolio we will aim to exceed your expectations. A one-to-one experience allows you to focus on what matters most:
 

Dedicating time to your key species
Obtaining practical field tuition
Working around your needs and objectives
Learning fieldcraft, such as getting close to difficult subjects like Mountain Hare
We can organise accomodation and make logistical bookings e.g. ferries
Take you to new and exciting photography locations off the beaten track

One-to-one workshops start from £200 and you will get our time from dawn until dusk. If we are covering a lot of miles on the day we may ask for an additional contribution towards fuel expenses. Please contact us for more information about dates and the best time of year to add that new shot to your portfolio.

“I really appreciated the efforts you put in to get me the lovely red grouse shots which I have now.”
Dutch photographer, Rene De Heer

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Example Workshops Offered:
Crested Tit Photography Workshop
Black Grouse Photography Workshop
Red Deer Photography Workshop
Red Grouse Photography Workshop
Ptarmigan Photography Workshop
Capercaillie Photography Workshop 
Mountain Hare Photography Workshop
Dotterel Photography Workshop


Ptarmigan Photography Workshop Guiding

Ptarmigan are without doubt our favourite subjects and we have enjoyed taking clients into the hills over several years. The climb itself can be spectacular and if we find Ptarmigan they can often be very rewarding and it can be possible to spend several hours in the company of these superb birds.  A day spent on the Cairngorms is often truly unforgettable as we search for these specialist species of the high mountains. In winter, the Ptarmigan becomes totally white except for its tail and eye-patch. The highest mountains of the Highlands of Scotland are its only UK breeding ground. With temperatures equivalent to the Arctic you will get to experience these remarkable creatures in their natural environment and enjoy spending time photographing them along with other mountain species such as Mountain Hare and Snow Bunting. At other times of the year the Ptarmigan can be viewed in different plumages. 
 
Species: Ptarmigan, Red Grouse, Snow Bunting

Rates:
One to one = £200
One to two = £250
One to three or four = £300

Dates: Ptarmigan and Red Grouse (all year), Snow Bunting (Jan – Mar)
Please contact us to find out more or to book a place


Red Deer Photography Workshop Guiding

Winter in the Cairngorms is truly magical with typically timid species becoming more tolerant as they focus on finding food. Red Deer, including powerful stags, come to a hillside feeding station to take advantage of the shelter in the Caledonian forests. Join us as we head out in to (hopefully!) snowy landscapes by 4×4 to photograph these majestic animals. These are wild Red Deer, however be prepared to get very close! The workshop takes place on a private Highland estate so you will have time to get the shots in the peace and tranquility of a magical location.

In the morning we will spend time locally photographing at another location where we will photograph a selection of Red Squirrel, Red Grouse, Whooper Swan or Snow Bunting depedning on recent sightings and the time of year.

Species: Red Deer

Rates:
One to one = £200
One to two = £250
One to three or four = £300

Dates: January to March

 
Please contact us to find out more or book a place


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ebirder is a small, specialist photography company run by Marcus Conway. He has been running photography tours since 2005 across the Scottish Highlands and Islands. In 2012 he was awarded Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year.
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