Kingfishing

Shoot your own Kingfisher movie in a day

Spring and summer

Spend the day with these stunning birds and create your own wildlife movie of everyone's favourite: the Kingfisher. You will film beautiful close ups and capture the Kingfisher diving for fish in slow motion.

The wildlife experience

Early in the morning we'll meet at the Kingfisher hide which will be set up ready for your arrival. The hide is located next to a small pond frequented by a pair of Kingfishers. After a quick run through to introduce you to the equipment, we'll await our first sighting of the Kingfisher. To get a variety of shots, you'll begin with filming the birds on a perch. We'll then focus on getting some stunning close ups and the most exciting shot of them all: diving into the water for fish, captured in glorious super slow motion. That's 8 times slower than normal speed! We'll also experiment with some wide angle shooting using additional cameras, to capture shots of the bird flying to it's fishing perch.

For the second part of the experience we'll retire to a local pub or cafe (drink included) where we'll review our footage and edit together a dramatic wildlife short film. I'll talk you through the techniques for editing the large volume of slow motion footage you'll have shot, and bringing the most striking moments to the fore. We'll build a narrative and assemble your various shots in a compelling short film. I'll send you the finished edit of your kingfisher movie at the end of the day.

Throughout the experience, I'll be on hand to provide my guidance and expertise for filming and editing. I'll take care of the technical aspects of using the kit, so you can concentrate on enjoying the wildlife and capturing amazing shots of these beautiful birds. What could be better than watching a Kingfisher catching fish? Watching a Kingfisher catch fish in slow motion!

Practical stuff

  • This experience will suit anyone interested in filming wildlife. You don't need any prior film making or bird watching expertise to enjoy this day

  • The Kingfishers are of course wild birds so some patience is required and we may have to wait some time between opportunities to film them

  • We'll be working from a portable hide, so you'll need to be comfortable in adequate but certainly not spacious conditions. Please check with us if you're particularly tall (6'3"+) or broad, and might struggle to perch on a camping chair

  • This experience is suitable for over 18s only

  • Note that there are no toilet facilities available, but a break at lunchtime can be arranged

  • Check the Terms and Conditions before booking

What's included

  • 1 to 1 guidance and tuition for the day

  • Exclusive use of the Kingfisher hide

  • Top of the line phonescoping equipment to film and edit the birds

  • A drink in the pub/cafe

  • Your finished Kingfisher film ready to take away, share or post on your social media

 

What you need to bring

  • Binoculars if you have them

  • Wellies/boots - paths can be muddy

  • Warm clothing - we'll be sitting still for much of the day, so bring lots of warm layers and double up on the thick socks if the weather is cold!

  • Packed lunch

  • Hot drink

Location and timings

  • We'll be using a special location on private land that's just 20 minutes east of Leeds: a little haven for wildlife that we'll have to ourselves for the day

  • Meet at 07:30 and we'll aim to finish in the early afternoon

Nature and the weather can be unpredictable

  • Please note that this tour may be cancelled at short notice if necessary. If the weather forecast is looking poor, we will not go ahead. This experience is dependent on wild birds and in exceptional circumstances we may not be able to proceed if they aren't present on the site

  • Always check for email confirmation the night before an experience, and if you'd like to get in touch at any point please do so

  • If we are unable to proceed for any reason, Film Nature will offer alternative dates and/or experiences. In the event of a complete washout we can offer priority booking for next year!

Price and Booking

The cost of this experience will be £150. Please drop me a line if you have any questions about this experience.

  • Kingfishing
    Mon 06 Jun
    06 Jun, 07:30
    Near Leeds (TBC)
    1 to 1 wildlife experience
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    Mon 02 May
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    02 May, 07:30
    Near Leeds (TBC)
    1 to 1 wildlife experience
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    Mon 04 Apr
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    04 Apr, 07:30
    Near Leeds (TBC)
    1 to 1 wildlife experience
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    Sat 12 Mar
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    12 Mar, 07:30
    Near Leeds (TBC)
    1 to 1 wildlife experience