After meeting Bob Brind-Surch at Bracknell Camera Club I had signed up to receive his newsletters about coming events. Bob had sent out an email that gave an unexpected vacancy on one of his British Secret Mammals workshop in Devon.
Here’s what we photographed on the first day.
Sunday 9th September, second day of the workshop
This was the second day and the view out of my skylight window promised a good day.
Breakfast at Frankaborough Cottages
As I was ready too early for breakfast I went for a walk around the pond to watch the ducks and experiment with closeups of the bull rushes.
Breakfast was again in the farmhouse and was an excellent full English breakfast plus lots of tea and toast. We all ordered our lunch to be delivered to the visitor centre later in the day. I offered lifts to fellow photographers down to the wildlife centre.
We started with Wild Boar
Bob met us at a farm gate a few yards down the road from the access road to Frankaborough Cottages. Once the gate was unlocked we drove on and parked alongside an almost empty barn.
The three wild boar were ushered into an open space at the side of their pen and were fed copious numbers of apples to keep them feeding in front of us. There were two females and a male. The light through the trees was dappled and I had to raise my ISO often to 1250 to get my shots.
We then all drove down to the Wildlife Centre and braved the goose guarding the entrance to the visitor centre.