We currently don't have any group wildlife photo walks scheduled at this venue but we are running beginners and intermediate courses nearby at National Trust Souter Lighthouse, Sunderland and Gibside, nr Newcastle.
Photo walks around WWT Washington Wetland Centre are a relaxed and informal way to spend the day photographing wildlife and nature whilst having a Going Digital tutor on hand to give individual advice and guidance.
About the Workshop. Meeting at 10am in The Cafe, we'll have a quick run through the basic camera settings and techniques we will be using, including the use of zoom lenses, capturing fast action, focus modes to capture birds in flight and composition advice for some great images. There will be an in-camera review of images before lunch. After lunch it will be straight out again to practice our new skills and take some more great images, with a final in-camera review before departing around 3.30pm. Although you are free to remain in the reserve and carry on photographing.
Wildlife to photograph at Washington WWT. There will be many opportunities to take great close-up and portrait shots. You'll always be able to capture the mischievous Asian Short-Clawed Otters and the resident ducks and geese. Depending on the season you can see amphibians and dragonflies around the ponds and woodland birds at the Hawthorn feeding station. Not to mention all the comings and goings in the insect garden, plus wild flowers and fungi. The Wader Lake is a premier viewing point for shoveler, tufted duck, oystercatcher, lapwing, redshank, little ringed plover, curlew, common tern and avocet. There are four hides located around the lake, ideal for those with a 10x zoom compact or bridge cameras and DSLRs with zoom lenses. One of the North Easts largest heronries can be seen across the lake and grey herons often visit the nearby stretch of river. Among the sites exotic waterbirds are pink Chilean Flamingos and Eurasian Cranes, which can be viewed from a veranda leading from the cafe.