Michael Cartwright Photography

Birds of Prey Workshop - Crathorne Hall - £35 including breakfast


Join me for a creative morning shooting beautiful Birds of Prey at the wonderful setting of Crathorne Hall Hotel this April. 

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14th - 14th Apr, 2019

£35.00 / £35.00 Deposit

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I'm pleased to of teamed up with Abbey Falconry and Crathorne Hall Hotel to bring you a Birds of Prey photography session this Spring. On Sunday 14th April, Abbey Falconry will be showcasing their wonderful birds and positioning them perfectly for our photographs. You will have an opportunity to capture the birds in flight, as well as stationary, around the woodland surroundings of Crathorne Hall. 

We will have a Harris Hawk, African Spotted Eagle Owl, European Kestrel, Buzzard, Indian Eagle Owl and a Barn Owl all on display for around 90 minutes....meaning plenty of opportunites to create great images. 

Abbey Falconry have over 10 years worth of knowledge and experience and offer safe and professional encounters. The team understand that our primary aim is photography and will be working with us to create standout shots. 

The setting at Crathorne Hall provides privacy and a stunning country house backdrop. This ensures the safety and comfort of the birds. In addition to this, the hall is surrounded by woodland and has two large lawns, perfect for birds in flight and for creating shots in a natural environment. 

Crathorne Hall will be supplying a light breakfast after the shoot, tea/coffee and bacon/egg sandwiches. This is included in the price and will give us a chance to reflect on our photographs over refreshments. 

We begin shooting at 9am and finish around 10.30am before heading into the hall for breakfast. This is likely to be a popular event and I advise early booking. In the event of adverse weather we will rearrange for another Sunday during 2019. 

The total cost is £35, including breakfast. This is a great opportunity to shoot beautiful birds of prey while having the flexibility to set up your own specific shots. I'll be on hand to offer tips and guidance as we shoot. We'll look at focusing techniques, shutter speed settings and panning during the session. 


You will likely be shooting hand held or possibly with a monopod if you have large, heavy lenses. A focal length of between 100mm and 400mm will be best for this shoot, particularly whilst the birds are in flight.

There will be an opportunity to get up close and personal to the birds and with this in mind your portrait/macro lens will prove useful. (50mm/85mm/100mm). 

You will not require tripod or filters. 




Michael has a unique ability to take complicated subject matter and deliver it in a simple, passionate and infectious manner. He has taken me on a journey with his workshops from ‘extreme novice’ that was absolutely clueless to a confident enthusiast. I will be eternally grateful for all of Michael’s efforts in going the extra mile throughout my learning journey. He is a credit to his profession and he sets the standards for the rest of his industry to follow. Oh, and he is a thoroughly likeable chap too!

Stephen Smith

Great weekend away and I’m really pleased with my photographs! Thanks for a fantastic workshop, everything was first class, including the hotel, the food and the weather! I really enjoyed learning about different ways to compose my photos for a more professional feel. The workshop was well planned and was extremely informative and interesting. The fact that Michael kept a close eye on everybody's progress was an extra bonus. Thanks Michael

Uma Mannan

Both myself and my husband have been friends of Michael's for many years now during which time we have been on numerous photography trips with him! 

We have thoroughly enjoyed every single trip from the Lake District, Paris, Budapest but my absolute favourite was the trip to Finland, we may not have been lucky enough to see the Northern Lights but what a fantastic adventure it turned out to be!! Each trip has been made extra special with the fabulous group of people that we have had the pleasure of making friends with, aside from that there is of course the excellent opportunity to take some amazing photographs of simply stunning scenery and architecture. The trips are always well organised and thoroughly thought through from beginning to end, as well as coming away with some truly amazing photos you will for sure meet some lovely people and make fantastic memories......

Jayne Stephenson

I  attended my first camera course as a complete beginner, I didn’t even know how to turn the camera on! The initial course was perfect for me, very well explained throughout and left me wanting to know more. Michael and the team are brilliant teachers, they are all very patient and we have a lot of laughs along the way. Since learning how to use my camera I have progressed on to landscape workshops and now class myself as being very confident with my kit. I’ve joined Michael on many occassions and would definitely recommend these workshops! 

John Conlin

I thoroughly enjoyed my first photography holiday to Budapest.  It was a beautiful city with plenty of opportunities to take fabulous photos.  Having Michael and Scott on hand to help you create that perfect photo and to give you advice was so valuable. It was a great group of people and a fantastic experience. Thank you!

Kathryn Barnes

I had a great time in London with plenty of opportunities to photograph architecture and try my hand at street photography. The London skyline after dark is something special.  Michael is knowledgeable and enthusiastic and readily on hand to give assistance and feedback throughout the trip.  

Debbie Stogden