We are arranging another outing on Thursday 18th August this time to West of England Falconry, they are a small bird of prey centre situated in Newton St Loe. We will be aiming to get there by 10:30am.
This is the feedback that I have had from Naomi at the centre:
“We do twice daily flying displays, offering unique opportunity to photograph some of our raptors in free flight. With our 11am display focussing on native British species of birds of prey and our 2:30pm display showing you some of the species you can see both in this country and around the world. Displays last 45 minutes to an hour and you will experience 3 to 4 different birds in action.
I have attached some examples of the photographs our visitors have captured during our displays.
You will also enjoy the opportunity to see over 20 different species of raptor in their aviaries or perches and our brand new Museum of Falconry, offering unique exhibits, films and refreshments.
Nextdoor to our site is the award winning Newton Farm Shop and cafe, offering lunches, teas and a beautiful spot to sit and relax.
From just £5 per adult, £3 for over 65s and discounts available for group sizes above 12 people, visiting the centre for a flying display is a great way to enjoy good company, learn about birds of prey and have the chance to photograph birds of prey in close quarters.
There is no requirement to book in advance, but if you would prefer to do so, you can do via our website, where you can also pre-order guidebooks for your visit as well.”
Our Judge will be Rob Heslop LRPS from Forest of Dean Camera Club.
Closing Date for entries 11th August
We are holding this on 25th August. Entries should be submitted to Jeff the Projections Secretary – firstname.lastname@example.org by 11th August.
Please follow the club rules for projection entries reproduced here in case you need them:
Digital Projections submitted should be: 8bit JPEG file format, max file size 2Mb (This is 2048KB or 2,097,152 Bytes), in RGB Mode, sRGB Colour Space, . Maximum size of image 1600 x 1200 pixels in landscape. Maximum height of portrait image to be 1200 pixels.
All images entered will have author’s consent to be used in external competitions the following year if required unless opted out. All images MUST be titled: Title_Membership No._Group_Mono/Colour_Preference (1, 2, 3 or 4). Example – Milky Way over Avebury_123_B_Colour_1 . The image should conform to the named subject. Names or initials should not be visible. Submit to Projections Secretary by email at: email@example.com.
We are arranging a club meet/group outing to Roundway Hill for Sunday 24 July starting at 10am at the No1 car park listed below. This is open to both members and non-members who may be interested to see what we do as a club.
Some details on Roundway Hill and surroundings from Jeff our projections secretary:
There are three main places to park, marked in red on the attached map.
No 1 is the preferred spot for about 7 or 8 eight cars but is often full. It’s just above the Devizes or Roundway White Horse.
No 2 is not so well defined but is often strewn with cars parked up. Both 1 and 2 offer access to flattish terrain.
No 3 involves driving over quite a rutted track, you’ll need to make sure your teeth are well stuck in.
Thinking of older members all the terrain, whilst flattish, can be a bit of a challenge, there are tracks but they can all be deeply rutted and overgrown, this is well trodden chalkland.
Quite close to No 1 and 2 there is woodland and open grassland affording opportunities for many bugs and insects and also open landscape views.
No 3 also offers access to woodland and steep hillside marked as Roundway Hill Covert, often teeming with butterflies.
The whole area is full of options for shorter or longer walks across chalk meadow type landscape with lots of sculptural features for photographic exploration depending on fitness, lots of macro possibilities as well as birds – Swallows, Swifts, Buzzards, Red Kites, Corn Buntings, etc, etc.
The best way to get there is to use Google Maps to find directions to Roundway White Horse.
Jeff has been to this whole area many times and is happy to offer further advice and guidance.
It is with enormous pleasure that we welcome Dr. David Sadler to our club this Thursday 2nd December. Dr. Sadler is a professionally trained forensic pathologist, but in his soul he is a punk rocker who loves skateboarding, wacky selfies, using a fish eye lens that reflects his unique take on the world.His presentation is promised to have us laughing out loud at his wonderfully humorous images complete with imaginative titles and added text.The talk is called “ ..and Now For Something Completely Different” .. so hold on tight… this may be a very strange and wonderful ride!
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