Owls of the world workshop

Location, West Lothian 

Snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus)

Owls of the world masterclass,  full camera tuition


Group workshops are on hold due to new group covid19 rules in Scotland, Once lifted more group workshop info will be available     

1-2-1s  1-2-2s  

1-2-1  £200 dates to suit 10.00 am to 15.00 pm

1-2-2  £180pp dates to suit  10.00 am to 15.00 pm

£50 non-refundable deposit will be required at point of book 


Get close and get to know these wonderful birds, each one of these owls have their own personality, the tough one like the Great horned owl or the shy and lovable Milky owl, some stand only a few inches high and some are a couple of feet, but no dough everyone always have their favorite owl, the handler will tell you all the facts on each owl from where in the world it lives to what food they eat, also not all owls are nocturnal have a look at their eyes there's a clue".     


Learn your camera skills

Photography is not just taking a picture it pays to know about your camera and subjects before you try going out in the field, Photographing captive subjects will help you to learn more about the areas and location and subject knowledge will help you in the world of photography. This workshop is designed to help you put them skills together. You will be able to get up close to these wonderful birds and maybe have a go at holding one on a glove.

In this workshop you have the opportunity to pick 5  individual owls from a list provided, each owl will be taken to a wooded area within the location of the Owl center and placed in a suitable perched location, each owl will be photographed as if its in its natural surrounding environment.

Owl list

Great grey owl, Eagle owl, Long-eared owl, Barn owl, Tawny owl, African spotted eagle owl, Brown wood owl, Little owl, snowy owl,  Ural owl, Tengmalms owl, Tropical screech owl, White faced owl, 

please note some owls may be at time of your workshop be in molting condition if so we will change the owl, the list of Owls available can change from week to week 


your day will start by looking at your camera settings and getting to know what is what and how it works from Aperture, Aperture compensation, shutter speed, ISO, White balance, Depth-of-field, exposure and light, tuition will be on hand all day,

Dslr or Mirrorless 

White balance, Exposure and compensation, sRGB v RGB, Compression and colour tones, Shutter type, Electronic or Mechanical and e-Front Curtain shutter, Metering modes, AF types, ISO settings, 

Mirrorless users if you have a Mirrorless camera and wish to improve your skills or new to mirrorless cameras then this workshop will be for you.

We will also cover Peaking and Zebra settings in exposure compensation, Live view setting display, flash setting, Custom Key and Function Manu, Monitor and Viewfinder settings. 

Camera equipment

On the day you will need lenses of 200mm and above but no more than 400mm, a tripod is a must in low light and within the woods, a shutter cable, walking boots or wellies warm clothing in winter, waterproof, plenty of SD/CF cards.

Please bring your own food and drinks,  plenty of parking within the owl canter  


Owls have large forward-facing eyes and ear-holes; a hawk-like beak; a flat face; and usually a conspicuous circle of feathers, a facial disc, around each eye.

The feathers making up this disc can be adjusted in order to sharply focus sounds that come from varying distances onto the owls' asymmetrically placed ear cavities. Most birds of prey have eyes on the sides of their heads, but the stereoscopic nature of the owl's forward-facing eyes permits the greater sense of depth perception necessary for low-light hunting. Although owls have binocular vision, their large eyes are fixed in their socketsas are those of other birdsso they must turn their entire head to change views. As owls are farsighted, they are unable to see clearly anything within a few centimeters of their eyes. Caught prey can be felt by owls with the use of filoplumeslike feathers on the beak and feet that act as "feelers". Their far vision, particularly in low light, is exceptionally good.

Owls can rotate their heads and necks as much as 270 degrees. Owls have fourteen neck vertebrae as compared to 7 in humans which makes their necks more flexible. They also have adaptations to their circulatory systems, permitting rotation without cutting off blood to the brain: the formalin in their vertebrae through which the vertebral arteries pass are about 10 times the diameter of the artery, instead of about the same size as the artery as in humans; the vertebral arteries enter the cervical vertebrae higher than in other birds, giving the vessels some slack; and the carotid arteries unite in a very large anatomists or junction, the largest of any bird's, preventing blood supply from being cut off while the neck is rotated. Other anastomoses between the carotid and vertebral arteries support this effect.

The smallest owlweighing as little as 31 grams (1 oz) and measuring some 13.5 centimeters (5 in)is the elf owl (Micrathene whitneyi). Around the same diminutive length, although slightly heavier, are the lesser known long-whiskered owlet (Xenoglaux loweryi) and Tamaulipas pygmy owl (Glaucidium sanchezi).The largest owl by length is the great grey owl (Strix nebulosa), which measures around 70 cm (28 in) on average and can attain a length of 84 cm (33 in).However, the heaviest (and largest winged) owls are two similarly-sized eagle owls; the Eurasian eagle-owl (Bubo bubo) and Blakiston's fish owl (B. blakistoni). These two species, which are on average about 2.53 cm (1.00 in) shorter in length than the great grey, can both attain a wingspan of 2 m (6.6 ft) and a weight of 4.5 kg (10 lb) in the largest females.

Different species of owls make different sounds; this wide range of calls aids owls in finding mates or announcing their presence to potential competitors, and also aids ornithologists and birders in locating these birds and recognizing species. As noted above, the facial disc helps owls to funnel the sound of prey to their ears. In many species, these discs are placed asymmetrically, for better directional location. The plumage of owls is generally cryptic, but many species have facial and head markings, including face masks, ear tufts and brightly colored irises. These markings are generally more common in species inhabiting open habitats, and are thought to be used in signalling with other owls in low light conditions.



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