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Raptor Rumble

This evening was a first for us (well at least since I've been attending) we had some birds along to photograph. You may assume from the title that they were the feathered variety.

Tonight we welcomed Faith, Gav and photographer Robin into our hallowed halls.

These three conspire to run the Imperial Bird of Prey Academy up at Barleylands farm in Billericay. I have never been to this particular part of Barleylands, but some members have, and they've bought back glowing reports, and I can see why.

For those who missed the show, Ha Ha.

Robin opened the evening with a brief rundown on what we could expect, and a few anecdotes and photographs showing his credentials. He then handed over to the lovely Faith. They wowed us with three raptors and gave us an insight to their love of these creatures with tales, facts, do's and don'ts, little quizzes before putting the birds up on display for our amusement ...

Robin had already set up a simple lighting scenario and was on hand to help anyone who was struggling (for that read all of us) with advice on how to get the exposure right, where to focus and when to shoot.

What can I say, It was brilliant, the birds really cool. I'll chuck a couple of photos at the end, but honestly, the whole evening was a great experience.

Thank you to all involved.


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