Diving Gannets of Bass Rock

South East Scotland

Boat based half day photography / videography workshop


NEW DATE: Saturday August 29th 2020

Chris Packham voted this "Gannet Feeding Frenzy" the No. 1 experience in his UK Nature Top 40!

And no wonder - nothing prepares you for the exhilaration of hundreds of gannets rocketing into the seas just a few feet away from your camera.  Bring your A-Game because this is a photographic challenge you won't want to miss!


  • Boat base gives unrivalled opportunities for gannet flight, diving and underwater shots

  • Bass Rock backdrop and open sea locations

  • Chance of puffin, razorbill, arctic tern, eider, seal, minke whale, porpoise or dolphin on the journey out and back!

  • Option to try  DSLR videography with BBC natural history presenter and film maker Trai Anfield

  • Friendly and experienced tutor- come and learn new techniques!

  • Unique challenges for more experienced photographers

Sample Workshop Itinerary

PLEASE NOTE: Timings may vary according to tides


11.30   Meet at Dunbar Harbour, outside the coffee cart  


11.30 - 12.00 Workshop Briefing

Group photography briefing with camera set up, technical advice and creative inspiration.  (..and a last chance to nip to the loo too!)

12.00  - 13.00  Outward transfer

Boat journey to and around the Bass Rock. Fantastic views of Bass Rock with thousands of gannets wheeling around it in the air. Occasional opportunities to photograph seals, dolphins, whales, puffins and other seabirds plus coastal landscapes from the boat.



13.00 to approx 14.30 Diving Gannets

The highlight of the trip - and in Chris Packham's opinion any UK wildlife safari - is an intense session photographing hundreds of gannets diving extremely close to the boat for the fish we provide.  An exhilarating chaotic frenzy that will set your heart, shutter finger and brain cells racing!


One to one photography and videography tuition as required. Photography can seem impossible to begin with - how do you know which birds will dive and where?? - but your tutor Trai Anfield is on hand with the knowledge, experience, and techniques necessary to help you capture the incredible action unfolding all around!



approx 14.30 to 15.30  Return transfer to Dunbar

More opportunities to photograph gannets on the wing, along with puffins, guillemots, razorbills and other breeding seabirds.  Seals, dolphins and whales are also occasionally spotted alongside.

Workshop Notes:


There is limited free car parking available around the harbour, otherwise you can park up the hill in the town or by the Leisure Pool


Please bring any food or drink you require. 


Toilet facilities are NOT available on the boat.  Facilities are available prior to departure by the Leisure Pool above the harbour.


In the event that your workshop has to be cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, an alternative date or full refund is offered.

2020 Dates and Rates  


NEW DATE Saturday August 29th 2020



Please Note: due to social distancing numbers on the boat will be reduced to 8 maximum 


Includes: all boat transfers and photographic tuition


please click on the date you require and then follow the secure payment instructions through the checkout


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