Photography at Argaty
Most of the photographs of the kites on this website were taken from the hide with a 300mm lens plus 1.4TC – all hand-held. A tripod isn't very useful to bring as the seats in the hide get in the way, but a bean bag or small support can be very helpful.
The kites seldom land so the majority of photographic opportunities are going to be flight shots. The approximate distance from the hide to the food is 50m.
We can put out the food on either side of the hide, which can be helpful, bearing in mind that the birds tend to dive into the wind as they feed. Of course, sometimes the wind direction doesn't give us very good lighting choices but we can be flexible about the feeding place; do feel free to ring us to discuss beforehand.
Our prime concern is always to avoid disturbance to the birds so we do ask photographers to be sensitive to this and to stay inside the hide.
Here at Argaty we are not trying to end up with tame Red Kites: the numbers you see will depend very much on what time of year you are visiting and also on many other factors like the weather, availabilty of other food and so on.