Liberty’s Photo Day Sunday 12 June 2016

Thank you to everyone who braved the apocalyptic weather forecasts that were being predicted for today and came out to our Liberty’s Owl, Raptor And Reptile Centre Photo Day. On the day we actually enjoyed warm, dry and occasionally sunny weather except for a 5 minute misting in the late morning with no proper rain falling on us through out the day.

We started the day with a selection of owls and smaller birds out in the Flying Field, including a Tawny Owl, Barn Owl, Southern White faced Owl, Kestrel and a Peregrine Falcon. The new “props” that have been built by Geoff Newland and Jayson from Liberty’s Centre added a welcome variety of photographic set pieces including this picture of a barn owl looking around from his window on the newly constructed log cabin.

Barn Owl Picture

At this time of year we usually have a variety of chicks and owlets at the Centre, and this year we seem to have a bumper crop of babies which stole the show with their sheer “cuteness” and amusing antics. Our Falconer, Matt, had his hands full retrieving baby owls from under hedges, behind benches and cuddled up to people – to be honest we could probably have spent the whole day photographing just the babies.

Tawny Owl

Siberian Eagle Owl

After Lunch we finished off with some more birds, including a very grumpy Bald Eagle who took a liking to Matt’s glove and proudly took it back to her perch after her photo session as her “kill” and only gave it back in return for a bit of chicken before ending with some of the reptiles that are kept at the Centre including this magnificent Panther Chameleon.

Chameleon

All in all a very varied and fun day!

New – Liberty’s Reptile Photography Evenings

Don’t forget to check out our new Liberty’s Centre Reptile Photography Evenings on Friday 30th October and Friday 13th November between 7pm and 9pm at Liberty’s Centre run by Captivelight Photo Days

Crested Gecko

Crested Gecko

A special evening with some of our smaller critters, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates close up and personal with no glass or wire in the way and professional quality lighting to bring you the best opportunity possible to photograph these fascinating creatures.

Your evening begins at 7.00PM at Liberty’s Centre where we will create some natural looking table top sets for you to photograph some of the smaller residents of the Centre indoors under professional lighting equipment. As with all our Photo Days we will always have an experienced photographer on hand to help you with camera settings and any other advice to help you get the most from your evening with us as well as a handler to help pose the animals whilst ensuring their health and well being.

Spaces are strictly limited to ensure that everyone has a chance to get some great looking photographs of the animals.

The evening will end at 9.00PM.

Panther Chameleon

Panther Chameleon

Tarantula

Tarantula

Recommended Equipment
A camera that is capable of being set to manual exposure as well as having a standard flash fitting. (Please note that some of the Sony Cameras have a non standard flash fitting which will require an adapter to fit our standard flash triggers.) You will also need to know how to set the ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed on your camera. For lenses we recommend a macro lens as ideal, or a lens with macro function, as well as a zoom lens of around 70 – 200 for the larger creatures. Also bring plenty of memory and batteries!

What you will need to bring
The evening takes place indoors so no special clothing or footwear is required. No food is provided so you might want to bring a snack or any other refreshments you require.


Cost
Currently the cost is £30 per person which comprises of a £10 non-refundable deposit to be paid in advance with the balance of £20 payable on arrival on the day. To book your day please select the date that you would like to go and use the Contact Form to email us your booking. We will then email an Invoice to you that can be paid using most bank cards. Upon payment of your deposit your booking is confirmed.

Private Bookings:
We can take private bookings for these days from clubs and private individuals, which is a great way of enjoying the day in the privacy of your group. The basic rate is £240 for up to 8 photographers.

Photographers under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Address And Postcode: Liberty’s Owl, Raptor And Reptile Centre, Crow Lane, Ringwood, Hampshire. BH24 3EA

To Book please go to Captivelight Photo Days website at : Captivelight Photo Days

Maintenance Work – Friday 04th September 2015

Just a quick heads up that Liberty’s Centre will be closed on Friday 04th September due to essential maintenance work being carried out to the local electricity supply in the local area. This will mean that due to circumstances beyond our control we will not have electricity  in the Centre on that day and the decision has been made to close the centre for the day. We will be re-open as usual on Saturday 5th September.

Kestrel goes free!

Our Falconers have been very busy lately with a run of wild, injured birds of prey being brought into us. This video captures our most recent release. This female Kestrel was found at the side of the road believed to be concussed and consequentially unable to fly. She spent three weeks with us, receiving plenty of TLC and is now fighting fit. Look carefully and you will even be able to see a new tail feather that she is growing!

Photo Day – 26th July

Asian Brown Wood Owl

“Cookie” – our Asian Brown Wood Owl in the studio

Don’t forget that on Sunday 26th July we have one of our Birds Of Prey Studio Photo Days – a great opportunity to take some amazing photos of these beautiful birds using professional lighting in our own studio area which can yield some truly stunning high quality pictures. During the course of the day a variety of our birds will be posed on perches in front of various backgrounds for you to photograph. An experienced photographer is always at hand to help out anyone looking for a few tips or advice, as well as running you through the camera settings that you will need during the day.

Tawny Owl on a "natural" background

Tawny Owl on a “natural” background

Striated Cara Cara in the studio

Striated Cara Cara in the studio

Cost for the day is £45 per photographer which includes tea/coffee as well as a sandwich tray lunch. These days are brilliant value for money and offer you a chance to get some unique shots of the birds.

We have a few spaces left so if you would like to come along please contact Miles at Captivelight Photo Days to book your space.