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Situated close to Welshpool, the centre offers photography days throughout the year in association with pro-photographer Mark Sisson. The workshops were reviewed in the December 2006 issue of Photography Monthly.
The days start around 10am and a variety of Birds of Prey are brought out to various locations across the centre to give lots of options for close-up posed and action shots. They have over 20 varieties of native UK and other Birds of Prey and different birds are brought out at different times of the year to correspond with their normal hunting patterns. During our visit, there was a thick blanket of snow on the ground and more snow falling, so owls, kites and falcons were very much the order of the day.
For me one of the highlights of the day was having the Great Grey Owl fly straight over your lens at very close quarters (i.e. it brushes your head as it flies over you!).
Group sizes are small, on the day I went there were 8 of us budding wildlife snappers, plus Mark and the handler. Lunch is provided as are tea and coffee throughout the day.
Mark is on hand to provide advice etc should it be needed, and the handlers are happy to tell you everything you want to know about the birds.
Mark Sisson Photography