David’s decades of photographic experience as one of the World’s top professionals coupled with his extensive local knowledge enables him to offer bespoke one to one and small group photo days here on the Norfolk coast.
Whether you want to have a great days wildlife photography picking up tips along the way or need basic camera instruction to get started, he can help. With the benefit of his local expertise, David can provide a bespoke itinerary for those with specific targets such as Barn Owls or hares.
We react to local opportunities and conditions. Most of the day will be spent along the coast. However David has a number of hides in a local woodland which we utilise. These include an eye level drinking pool hide where a range of birds and mammals may offer good opportunities depending on the season, but especially in summer. Typically subjects we will attempt to photograph will include woodland birds, wildfowl and waders on the coast, Barn Owls and hares.
To ensure a first class experience, David restricts the number of photographers to no more than two for each safari if you book with a friend. We do not combine individual bookings.
During winter our full days typically start at around 8 am and finish around 5 pm or a little later depending on dusk and where we might be when we finish photographing. During spring & summer we tend to try and start earlier and finish a little earlier, however timings are always very flexible depending on weather, target species etc
Our half days in winter start at 8 am and finish at 1pm. During spring & summer we like to start earlier, ideally at around 6 am and finish at around midday however this is always very flexible, early starts are not compulsory! However they do tend to offer better opportunities in spring and summer when wildlife is more active early in the day.
For the most varied opportunities the period from January to mid April is recommended. Outside of these months and particularly in late summer and early autumn bird and mammal subjects are more restricted.
Level of fitness required
We cater for all levels of fitness, our hides can be driven to along a woodland ride and much photography can be achieved from our vehicle. However on an average day expect to make a number of short walks, some sites we visit may entail a 30 minute walk photographing along the way.
All transportation is by land rover from an agreed pick up and drop off point, normally in Holt or depending on where you are staying we can pick you up and drop you off at your accommodation.
Our full days include a cafe lunch during the middle of the day. For very early starts we will provide a snack.
Accommodation is not included however if you require somewhere to stay we can recommend the following
The Feathers Hotel in Holt
Follow this link for B&B’s local to Holt https://www.glavenvalley.co.uk/cley/bed-and-breakfast
What you can expect to photograph
Unless you wish to concentrate on one or two species such as Barn Owls & Hares we will attempt to give as varied day as possible. Here is a month by month summary of what you may expect.
January – March
This is peak Barn Owl time, with the best opportunities for photographing birds hunting during the day occurring in February. Hares will be prominent in the fields and may visit our woodland pool area. Opportunities will also include woodland birds at David’s feeding station and pool, waders including Bar-tailed Godwit, Brent and possibly White-fronted Geese plus a few Pink-footed Geese still present. Snow Buntings, possibly Shorelarks and Bearded Tits may offer opportunities too.
Barn Owls are still performing well during the first half of the month. This is now peak hare season. We would hope to encounter groups boxing and will aim to photograph individuals and groups from our vehicle. Waders will now also include flocks of Avocets arriving back to breed plus plenty of other waterbirds now courting. Our woodland hides will be buzzing with activity.
As in March hares will be giving very good opportunities. Barn Owls will now be on eggs and become much more difficult. Waders and ducks will be potential targets as will Bearded Tits and towards the end of the month returning summer migrants. Our woodland hides are still very active with birds.
During the first half of the month migrants are pouring into North Norfolk. Potential targets include singing warblers such as Reed and Sedge Warbler, breeding Avocets, hares in the fields and at our woodland pool visitors coming to drink if the weather is warm and dry include Green & Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sparowhawk and Buzzard.
June – July
Breeding birds we may photograph include Avocet, Marsh Harrier bringing in food, activity at our woodland pool, hares in the fields. In some years we may be able to offer Nightjars either at a daytime roost or churring from a song post. Nightjar photography will be advertised as a separate evening session when opportunities arise.
Wader passage is in full flow and on a few days during the month on spring tides large numbers of Knot roost at specific sites on the coast. Our woodland pool should be busy.
September – November
My exclusive woodland feeding station is now starting to see increasing numbers of birds visiting and the pool should still be receiving various species to drink and bathe. Wader passage continues while other potential subjects might include common and scarce migrants.
November – December
Pink-footed Geese arrive in their thousands to feed on the cut beet tops. We will seek out feeding flocks that with patience can be photographed from our vehicle. Waders will include godwits, Dunlin, Redshank, Curlew, Oystercatcher and Grey Plover. Snow Buntings and Twite are further possibilities and in some years Lapland Buntings and Shorelarks. Barn Owls are becoming more visible during the day while our woodland feeding station will have plenty of visitors including Great Spotted Woodpecker and Sparrowhawk. The woodland is also attractive to hares during winter and they frequently appear in front of the hides.
When you book you will be the only person on the tour unless you come with a friend.
Half day £125.00 or £200.00 if two of you.
Full day £275.00 or £390.00 if two of you.
Two or three days can be accommodated at £250.00 per day. For 2 people for two days £780.00, for 3 days for two people £1170.00.
Gift vouchers are available for the full cost of either a half or full day and can be taken at any time during the 12 months from the start date of your choosing. Subject to availability of dates.
How to book
Contact us via email or you can call David on Tel 01263711496 or 07973181375 to make a reservation for your day.
Once a reservation is confirmed there are two ways to pay the deposit, either by cheque or we can send you a paypal request so you can pay by credit or debit card.
Terms and Conditions
1. A reservation is made once a 20% deposit has been received from you.
2. Deposits paid are fully refundable if cancellation is received in writing 30 days prior to the booked date.
3. The balance is payable on the day of your Photo Safari.
4. If David Tipling needs to cancel a Photo Safari for any reason, a full refund of the amount paid by you will be made, but David Tipling Photography can accept no further liability.
5. David Tipling Photography cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage to personal items, or for personal accident or injury: all activities are entered into at your own risk.
David currently has two online photography courses with MyPhotoSchool, where you will get personal critiques and support from David in the virtual classroom. Courses run every month. Please book here: http://www.my-photo-school.com/course/bird-photography/ and here http://www.my-photo-school.com/course/big-game-photography/