Pete Walkden Photography
I am a professional wildlife photographer and guide, helping others get the most out of their equipment and take photographs of the wildlife around the UK.
Pete Walkden Photography
Back in 2006 I picked up my first digital SLR camera, and pointed the lens in the direction of a robin in my garden. Fast forward a dozen years and I am now a professional wildlife photographer and guide, helping others get the most out of their equipment and take photographs of the wildlife around the UK.
Being based in south Birmingham, I adopted Worcestershire as my “patch” and joined the local Wildlife Trust, to allow me access to their reserves, and soon started to visit Upton Warren frequently to practice my photography, especially on the birds there.
Nowadays I spend months in Scotland, either in the Highlands or on the West Coast, running wildlife photography workshops and longer tours, to capture images of eagles, puffins, otters, deer and mountain hare, to name but a few species.
Closer to home, I also operate a little owl workshop, based on a friend’s farm in Worcestershire. Here I have access to a pair of these charismatic owls, and have set up a small area beside where they roost and nest, to help clients take photos of them, both adults and during the summer, their young.
Little owls are not native to the UK, but have spread across England and Wales since they were introduced in the 19th century. Not much taller than a blackbird, these predators catch small birds, rodents, insects and worms, and benefit the photographer by doing so both day and night.
Each workshop aims to help the client(s) take images of the owls, and can be tailored to try to achieve specific images:
- Interaction between the owls - best in the summer when the owlets are around
- Behaviour - the owls enjoy heavy rain, and use it to wash their feathers
As these owls are generally tolerant of people, clients don’t need enormous lenses to get close up shots, and as the “hide” is my car, I am at hand to move it closer if needed, and to rig up the perches to get the right shot.
Being present for the duration of the workshop, I can do all the legwork in terms of getting the owls in position for the shot, ensuring the client doesn’t miss any action. Also, I am able to offer guidance and advice on the best photographic settings to use.
- Digital camera
- At least 300mm reach on a crop sensor, 400mm on a full frame camera
- Beanbag (though I have one spare)
- Plenty of memory cards
- Spare battery
Workshops generally run from late July through to mid-October, and can be booked from my website: www.petewalkden.co.uk