Do I need briefing?
We recommend briefing to all photographers who have no previous experience in photographing birds from the hide. The briefing, carried out by a professional guide, includes valuable photography tips: how to work in the hide, how to interpret the behavior of the birds, which hide to choose, how to move the 3-seat-hide if the wind changes, etc. This information will significantly improve first-time results.
Do I have the hide for myself?
These hides are for three and for four people, so there may also be other photographers in the hide. If you want a private hide, or a photography session for your group only, it’s available at an additional cost.
Is it possible to photograph at water level?
Unfortunately, for the time being, we cannot offer photography at water level. We offer sitting-level hides, which are positioned along the edge of the fish pools. They are particularly well suited for the moment when the Osprey has caught the fish and is taking off with its prey. The hides have good visibility, meaning that the Ospreys will rarely manage to spring a surprise dive on you.
What time of the year can you photograph?
There are two seasons, 1 to 20 May and 10 to 31 August. Sometimes the spring is starting early and Ospreys can be photographed already on the last week of April. And sometimes their breeding starts a little later, and then it’s possible to photograph them still in the beginning of September.
How long does one photography session last?
The session can last all day, however, the Ospreys are most active in the morning just after sunrise, and again from the afternoon until sunset.
On a cloudy and windy day the Ospreys can fish all day. If you wish to stay all day, it is possible to leave the hide for a break at midday, and return in the afternoon.
What kind of clothing do I need for the photography hide?
It can still be fairly cold at this time of the spring so we recommend warm clothes.
What is the distance to the birds and what kind of lens and equipment do I need to take with me?
The hides are by the fish pools, which are 40 metres long. The birds can dive anywhere. At their closest they can be as close as 10 metres, but on average they are at a distance of 10 to 30 metres. After a dive, the Ospreys often fly towards the hides before gaining height, and an Osprey leaving with fish in its talons can often be photographed very close.
We recommend 100-500mm zoom lenses or 300-600mm telephoto lenses + extenders (optional).