winter mountain hare workshops
explore the mountains
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This is a fantastic opportunity to photograph mountain hares in their white winter coats at the best location within Scotland under Kevin's tutelage he will guide you to the best spots where you'll be able to capture a wide range of amazing images.
The hares are distributed over a wide range in an upland environment and you can expect to see betwen 10-25 animals over the course of the day, and photograph five or more different individuals, although this does vary from day to day depending on the weather conditions. There are also times when it is advantageous to remain with an individual hare for long periods, waiting for some specific behaviour to unfold or to capture the perfect shot.
The approach to the site is on foot and it is possible to locate hares on the lower ground after a 20 minute walk. Depending on conditions and fitness levels the aim will be to move uphill looking for hares before reaching the higher plateau where hares are most numerous. This involves a walk of around 1 mile and an elevation gain of around 250-300m. The ground is moderately steep in places, uneven and can be slippery in snowy or icy conditions. Snow cover is very variable during the winter and they may be none at all or there could be more than 0.5m.
Walking in snow in this kind of terrain is tiring and requires a good level of fitness and stamina especially considering that you will be carrying heavy photographic equipment, although the pace will be slow and breaks can be taken!
Mountain hares are mostly white in winter and are perfectly camouflaged in the snowy terrain making them difficult to spot but they have favoured areas where they rest up during the day. Once a hare has been spotted a slow and careful approach will be made to hopefully get within photographic range. Although some hares flee at the first sign of a human many others rely on their camouflage and stay partially hidden allowing for a much closer approach.
The approach can take some time and it’s important that the hare remains relaxed and comfortable. Hares will often sit in the same position for hours if undisturbed and so it may be a waiting game hoping the hare will become more active, start to groom or stretch. If pushed, then most hares will eventually flee running off away from the camera so we want to avoid this by being patient and waiting for things to happen naturally.
Kevin will be on hand to offer advice on how to best approach the hares, as well as helping with camera settings, exposure etc.
Note that you may well be sitting, kneeling or even lying on wet cold ground for long periods of time so you should wear adequate clothing and be prepared for this.
You will be away from your vehicle all day and the session will begin at 1030 and usually end at around 1700 (weather dependent). There are no facilities on site.
Access to the meeting point is on a narrow tarmac road that is ploughed in snowy weather but there is the potential for ice and slippery conditions
To reserve your spot or for more information please email Kevin at email@example.com
Our primary target will be the mountain hares, but along the way we may encounter red deer, grouse, golden eagles and buzzards to name a few.
Track and photograph one of the UK’s hardiest creatures in the stunning Scottish Highlands and learn how to put into practise these important skills.
Photographers of all levels are welcome. Whether you are new to the world of wildlife photography or an experienced pro looking to expand your portfolio
Accommodation can be provided. For the duration of the 5 weeks I will be staying in a quaint cottage in the Scottish Highlands. From here it is roughly a 30 minute drive depending on road conditions. If you would like to stay at the cottage please let me know beforehand.
Transportation is not provided to and from our location but can be arranged if needed. If you choose to stay at the cottage transporatation will be provided
Meet at the designated meeting point at 10:30am
Brief introduction to find out what you would like from the day.
We head out to locate the hares they can be found on the lower ground. But depending on conditions and fitness levels the aim will be to move uphill looking for hares before reaching the higher plateau.
Once we have located the hares Kevin will teach you the best field-craft to approach the hares and will be on hand with any photographic tuition during the session
Roughly around 6pm (weather dependent) we will begin the walk down the hillside to the cars and the end of the workshop
How Do I Book?
We keep the groups small (a maximum of 3 participants) this allows us more freedom on the hill and will cause less stress to the animals
To reserve your spot in this tour please email Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates and Costs
£200 per person (max 3 persons per day)
Exclusive 1-2-1 guiding also available: £275 per day
Exclusive 1-2-2 guiding for couples: £300 per day
8th February - 8th March - With Kevin Morgans
Full one-to-one guidance throughout the day
Full technical camera tuition
Expert knowledge of mountain hares and the surrounding area
A friendly, relaxed approach
Food and drink
Transport to/from the meeting place (transport can be arranged if needed)
To read about what previous clients have said see here: Testimonials
To view Kevin’s full mountain hare portfolio see here: Ghosts Of The Mountains
Kevin Morgans is a multi-award winning wildlife photographer with a passion for UK wildlife. Widely published and with a formidable social media following. Kevin was this year a category runner up in Nature photographer of the year and was proud to see his mountain hare image grace the cover of the prestigious British Wildlife Photography Awards collection in 2018. He's also had multiple awarded images in International photography competitions such as the Nature Image Awards and Environmental Photographer Of The Year.