Grey Seal pups!

Seal birthing season in Norfolk.

Baby fluffy white Geay Seal sitting against the rocks at Norfolk beach
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Fluffy balls of cuteness!

Join us for an amazing 5-days / 4-nights to the picturesque Norfolk coast to photography the adorable newborn Grey Seal pups!

Dates and Times

1) Wed 24th – Sun 28th Nov 2021

2) Wed 12th – Sun 16th Jan 2022

Fitness Level Required

Low – Medium

Price

£ 695

Availability

Wed 15th – Sun 19th Dec 2021

Last Place!

Wed 12th – Sun 16th Jan 2022

Last two places!

Close-up portrait of female Grey Seal in Norfolk

Included

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Professional photo guide

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Cottage Accommodation

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Transportation (return from London)

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Cameras & telephoto lenses available

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Kase filter kits available

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Small tour (max 5 participants)

Join us for an amazing 5 days / 4 nights to explore one of the gems of the UK, Norfolk, where our star attraction will be photographing the adorable newborn Grey Seals at pupping season!

We’ll travel to the picturesque coastline of Norfolk, England to photograph some of the largest Grey Seal colonies in the world.  Over 5,000 adorable cotton-white pups are born each year in the Norfolk area.  On our tour we’ll visit multiple beaches at different times of the day, allowing for a variety of shots, all at a safe distance with our telephoto lenses so as to respect and not disturb the wildlife, particularly the newborn pups.

One of the rarest species of seals in the world, the UK is home to over 40% of the world’s Grey Seals and provides a unique opportunity to photograph this unique and charismatic species on land.

We’ll observe the behaviours of the pregnant Grey Seal cows as they lay sunning on the beach ready to give birth, the tender interaction between the newborn and its mother, and the maternal ferocity of the cow defending its young from the lurking bulls.  We’ll also witness the aggressive behaviours between the competing bulls as they fight for territory on the beach for the right to mate with the cows, who breed again immediately after they finish lactating – just two weeks after they give birth.  If we’re really lucky, we may even witness a live birth.

Weather permitting, we’ll aslo see the seal colony from a unique perspective and photograph them from the sea by taking a boat tour.

Young curious seal peeks over sand dune
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Hello there! Nice telephoto lens! 🙂


To help you get those cute baby seal photos we have several telephoto lenses available for Canon, Nikon, and Sony.  These include Nikon 200-500mm, Canon 100-400mm, plus an adapter for Sony to use the Canon lens or a Sigma 70-300mm. We also have multiple teleconverters available (1.4x & 2.0x Nikon & 1.4x Canon).

Along with the seals, we’ll also have the chance to visit some of the stunning landscapes of the area which lends itself well to long exposure, or “fine art” photography.  As a bonus – as if the amazing scenery isn’t enough! – the best filter company in the business, Kase Filters, is kindly providing multiple sets of their Pro filters just for us, so you can get the most out of this amazing workshop! (over £2,000 worth of filters!)

We’ll also be able to take advantage of Norfolk’s dark skies on any clear nights, and we’ll even have multiple astrophotography lenses to borrow for Nikon, Canon, and Sony (and cameras bodies to borrow if you use a different system).

We’ll head to the best locations for the given light on each day. Along with the seal birthing beaches, our options also include a boat trip to photograph the seals from offshore, local windmills, lighthouses, abandoned churches and abbeys, and some of the most unique seascapes for long exposure in the country!

Recommended equipment

Telephoto lens – eg 70-200mm, 70-300mm, 100-400mm, 200-500mm, etc.

Wide angle lens eg 16-35mm, 17-40mm (for landscapes)

Walk around/mid range/kit lens – eg 18-55mm, 24-70mms (less used)

Don’t have a telephoto lens?  We’ll have 3 telephoto setups available (please let us know at time of booking).

We also have 2 x branded 1.4x (Canon & Nikon) and 2.0x for (Nikon) available.

Tripod for landscapes and possibly for wildlife (or monopod) if you’re using a heavy telephoto lens.  Beanbags are also an alternative.

We recommend you bring something to sit or lay down on such as a small mat or waterproof bag/sheet.

Filters (for landscapes). I’ll have some kits available (please mention at time of booking).

Included / Not included

Return travel from central London in our comfortable 8 seater vehicle.

Photographic Tuition

Camera, telephoto lenses setup to borrow if required (bring a blank SD card & let me know in advance).

Kase Filters to borrow.  Please advise us on your lenses and filter thread sizes in advance.

Battery charging facilities in vehicle if required (bring your USB or wall plug charger)

Not included

Food & drink, personal and travel insurance.

Where we'll meet

At 10.30am, outside West Acton tube station, W3 0DS  (Central Line, Ealing Broadway Branch).  We expect to return to London on the Sunday between 1-3pm.  We’ll have a drop off point near Warren Street tube station on our way back to West Acton tube station.

Payment

Price:  £695

Deposit:  £150

Balance due 60 days prior to departure.

 (Payments are made via bank transfer and details will be sent following booking enquiry)

 

Refund policy.

Greater than 60 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus £100 service fee.

30 days or more: 50% refund

Less than 30 days: no refund

 

Meeting point map.

Guide

Dion Hitchcock - Photo Tour Guide

Your Guide:  Dion Hitchcock

Dion is based in London, United Kingdom. A prodigious traveler, after visiting 40+ countries he decided it was high time to learn about photography so he could better document his travels and quickly caught “the bug”. He became involved in several camera clubs assisting them running workshops and now runs his own, including in the UK, Iceland, and his home country of Australia. A qualified pharmacist, he’s now swapped helping patients and teaching pharmacy students for helping clients with both the technical aspects and artistic side of photography. Although an unconventional transition, he sees this as a natural progression as both of his parents are artists who instilled in him an appreciation of the beauty of the wondrous world around us.

Booking Form

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Terms of Service

Please note that our tours and workshops are always in high demand and usually sell out.  We historically have over 90% occupancy so we strongly advise to book early.

As photographers ourselves, we always do our utmost to ensure each participant has the opportunity to get the best shots possible on every tour.  However, we are dependent upon the weather, which is highly unpredictable.  Your photo guide will monitor local weather conditions and adjust any proposed itinerary according to conditions and any local weather warnings.

We highly recommend that you have your own travel and medical insurance.  For our overseas clients, please be aware that your own domestic medical insurance and private health scheme may not cover you whilst you are overseas.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

We strongly recommend you to get a Trip Cancellation & Travel Insurance after booking your trip.  If you cancel your booking and the tour is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a £150 service fee. If you cancel and the tour does not fill, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of tour:

Greater than 90 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus the £150 service fee.
75 days or more: 75% refund
60 days or more: 50% refund
Less than 60 days: no refund

Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.

If UK Photo Tours have to cancel a tour then you’ll be offered another place on an existing tour or a full refund.  We cannot be held liable for any loss of any kind resulting from the cancellation of a tour beyond the tour ticket price.

 

Pricing

Prices listed on the UK-Photo-Tours.com website are per person, unless otherwise specified.

Prices are based on the local tariff at the time of quoting, converted at the prevailing foreign-exchange rate as determined by UK Photo Tours.

Price quotations are subject to change without notice, until a booking has been confirmed.

Unless otherwise specified, prices do not include any local taxes or use-fees, including foreign departure, security, port charges, park fees, customs, immigration, agricultural, passenger-facility charges or international transportation tax.

Prices do not include tips/gratuities to tour directors, drivers or local guides; passport and visa fees; baggage and personal insurance; any items of a personal nature; and any beverages or food not specifically listed under “Included” on the product pages of the UK-Photo-Tours.com website.

 

Tour start/end

Our tours have a designated start and end point and it is each participant’s responsibility to ensure they are at the designated starting point on time and the tour price does not include any flights, accommodation, transport, taxes or charges, etc prior to our start or after our end points/time.  We are happy to give advice on such should it be needed.

Passports, Visas, & Insurance

It is the responsibility of all passengers, regardless of nationality and destination, to check with the consulate of the country they are visiting for current entry requirements.

As visa and health requirements are subject to change without notice, we recommend that you verify health and visa requirements with the appropriate consulate prior to departure.

 

Disclaimers & Limitations of Liability

UK Photo Tours cannot be held liable for any loss, damage, accidents, injuries or sickness during your tour.  The same applies for any changes in tour schedule due to weather, strikes, industrial action, viral pandemic, civil disturbance, wars, floods or sickness, or any other force majeure.  UK Photo Tours reserves the right to change routes, schedules and itineraries if needed because of weather, road, boat route conditions or should the necessity arise because of unforeseen reasons.  We advise all travellers to purchase comprehensive travel insurance to minimize possible losses due to unforeseeable situations during your travel.

Covid-19

We are taking great care to follow the current guidance from the government regarding Covid-19 ( https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus ), along with up-to-date advice from tourism organisations such as VisitEngland.com and VisitScotland.com in order to keep safety a priority.

All of our guides are fully vaccinated and have had booster doses. We encourage participants to be fully vaccinated if clinically able to.

To further reduce risk, we’re continuing with requiring masks to be worn in the vehicle (unless medically expempt). Vents will be open and windows lowered in the vehicle to increase fresh airflow. We provide antiviral hand gel in the vehicle and at any accommodation, along with spare surgical 3-ply face masks for participants if required.

We’ve adopted the tour industry standard of requesting a negative Covid-19 lateral flow test within 72 hours of the start of the tour, and ideally for the result to be logged on the government website. This test can be done at home.

By asking for a negative test we hope you’ll agree it is for everyone’s protection and helps to provide a smooth and safe tour. In the UK, you can obtain free lateral flow tests from either your local pharmacy scanning a QR code, or sent direct to your home through the website https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests , or by calling 119.

We ask or participants to please be vigilant in reducing their exposure risk to Covid-19 in the 10 days leading up to the tour, and remember to test if you have any symptoms and ensure that you have adequate travel insurance in place.

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