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Starling Photography Course by David Broadbent

Each winter at RSPB Newport Wetlands, one of the true spectacles of the natural world takes place when tens of thousands of starlings gather above the reeds. These flocks are known as murmurations and these fantastic birds wheel and swoop in the air, creating a magical wild theatre show before they choose a place in the reeds to roost for the evening. In the failing light of dusk, and given the speed of the birds, especially if the resident peregrine falcon is on the hunt, it can be very tricky to photograph. Join professional photographer David Broadbent and learn how to photograph this wonderful spectacle.

The course is suitable for all levels, and all types of camera and devices. During the day you'll enjoy lunch, hear from RSPB Newport Wetlands staff on the science and findings of the murmuration before enjoying some expert photography tuition. You'll learn about camera set up, creative techniques, natural and modified lighting all in simple jargon-free language that is easy to understand and doesn't necessarily require expensive specialist equipment.

We'll start at 12 noon for lunch, followed by a starling presentation from RSPB staff. Then out to our training area where there will be expert tuition in camera set up and technique before dusk. After that, it's up to the starlings!

Once they have gone to roost, we'll return to the training room for a debrief and to share our images and a warming hot drink. Feel free to ask questions and specific advice along the way. Following our field session there will be an opportunity to pick your personal favourite for a helpful critique of the images from the day. RSPB members £52 / Non-members £65 NB: Booking essential

Location : Newport Wetlands Reserve
Price : £52 / £65

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