Top UK lo­ca­tions for bird photography

Bird Watching (UK) - - Part Three -

There are some truly won­der­ful lo­ca­tions right in the UK that are per­fect for a spot of bird photography. Be­low are a few of my favourites and some of the best pop­u­lar spots for cre­at­ing some stun­ning im­ages.


It’s a bird­ers’ par­adise and one of my favourite spots, es­pe­cially dur­ing au­tumn and win­ter. The beach is my ‘go to’ place for shoot­ing im­ages of waders, of­fer­ing a won­der­ful place to get eye level with a range of species. For the best shots, work with an in­com­ing tide, which helps push the birds up the beach to­wards you, and get down low for eye-level views. Ditch the tri­pod and work with a bean bag or ground pod for shoot­ing and be pre­pared with wa­ter­proofs and some warm cloth­ing. Also, cover your cam­era up with a rain cover or sim­i­lar to pro­tect it from salt and sand, tak­ing care to clean it off after a day on the beach! San­der­lings, Turn­stones and Oys­ter­catch­ers are high­lights here.


One of the key lo­ca­tions for the re-es­tab­lish­ment of Red Kites in the UK, Gigrin is a won­der­ful place to get to grips with some ‘bird-in-flight’ im­ages. The kites of­fer fab­u­lous op­por­tu­ni­ties and there are a range of hides from which to shoot. When shoot­ing, of­ten it’s best to wait un­til after the ini­tial free for all… wait for the kites to come in on a more sin­gu­lar ba­sis. Large birds are a great sub­ject to hone your ‘in flight’ skills.


Off the coast of Northum­bria, the Farnes are one of the UK’S best wildlife lo­ca­tions for spring and sum­mer. Full of Puffins, Guille­mots and other seabirds, it’s a fan­tas­tic place for shoot­ing im­ages. Tak­ing a boat over for a full day you will have to op­por­tu­nity to work with an ar­ray of sub­jects. Sta­ple Is­land is my per­sonal favourite, although it can of­ten be harder to land on ow­ing to wind and tides. Be sure to take your time, don’t rush up to the key look­out ar­eas. Stick to a small spot and set­tle down to watch and fo­cus on what’s go­ing on. Re­mem­ber, it’s far bet­ter to come home with 10 per­fect im­ages, than thou­sands of half de­cent ones! Oh, and if its sunny, be sure to slap on the sun cream as there’s lit­tle shel­ter.

Get­ting started in bird photography is fan­tas­tic fun, learn­ing the new skills of us­ing your cam­era and be­ing able to cre­ate the im­ages you want give a huge amount of sat­is­fac­tion. Work­ing closely on a lo­cal patch or ex­plor­ing abroad, shoot­ing im­ages can re­ally bring you closer to your sub­ject, as you take in ev­ery de­tail be­fore press­ing the shut­ter. Hope­fully, over the last three tu­to­ri­als you have taken away some tips and ideas for your own photography and now comes the fun part, putting them to use!

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