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Re: Fens Falconry BIF meeting?

We have some dates (October, can ask for November etc. if needed):

21st (weekend) 9th or 27th (weekdays)

Please can you express an interest giving your preferred dates in order (1,2,3 etc)

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Re: Fens Falconry BIF meeting?

Hi Andy, If I've understood the dates correctly.... Monday 9th October would be the one day I could attend.

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Re: Fens Falconry BIF meeting?

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Hi Andy, If I've understood the dates correctly.... Monday 9th October would be the one day I could attend.

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Yes, that's right. 9th October.

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Re: Fens Falconry BIF meeting?

I'm OK for any of those dates. Earlier the better I guess for the weather.
Have to say I'm disappointed at the 75 cost though. I understand that there needs to be a charge this time as it's now an established business but as a group session that does seem a bit steep. Any chance of a bit of movement in the price? Maybe Ian you could get Olympus to support it and subsidise it a bit for free use of all the images? From the lack of response since the price was quoted I suspect it's putting people off.
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Re: Fens Falconry BIF meeting?

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I'm OK for any of those dates. Earlier the better I guess for the weather.
Have to say I'm disappointed at the 75 cost though. I understand that there needs to be a charge this time as it's now an established business but as a group session that does seem a bit steep. Any chance of a bit of movement in the price? Maybe Ian you could get Olympus to support it and subsidise it a bit for free use of all the images? From the lack of response since the price was quoted I suspect it's putting people off.
The price put me off.
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Re: Fens Falconry BIF meeting?

Hello Guys
Same here the cost seems to have put a dent into my enthusiasm.Ian as suggested maybe Olympus can help in some way

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Re: Fens Falconry BIF meeting?

The price reflects that you will get lunch, 1 hour of dedicated tutorial about setting up and technique (and, specifically tailored to the EM1). This is followed by about 4+ hours with the birds, guidance and support from 4 falconers and 2 photographers.

Typically for a non-olympus photography day, charging around 120 is typical. I appreciate that 75 may seem a lot to some of you, but people's time and running costs isn't free either. In my experience of running these days, everyone goes away with improved technique (sometimes radically so) and fantastic images. The 75 figure is a considerable discount over the normal pricing.

If we get sufficient numbers, a modest reduction would be possible (maybe 60). You can go to a Falconry show, get no support and perhaps see 3 or 4 birds for half an hour for not much money at many places.

I went over to Fens Falconry yesterday. In addition to the usual barn, tawny owls, there are ural and eagle owls. Ferruginous Buzzard/Eagle, Steppe Eagle, Kestrels (Eurasian, Greater and American), Harris Hawks, Red Tail hawks also feature in the flying displays. Peregrine, Lanner, Lugger and red-footed falcons also fly in the demos. A new addition is a Black Kite, which is stunning. These birds are very fit and can sustain their flights. This is different from some venues where half the time is spent getting the birds to fly, with little actual flying.

I would ask you to consider the above in whether you really think 75 is excessive. This is a full-on best part of a day activity.

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Re: Fens Falconry BIF meeting?

The 27th would be the only day that I could do. I doubt that they could provide lunch for me as I have recently been diagnosed with coeliac disease, so would have to bring my own.
As the day that is most popular so far is the 9th, this may not matter.
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Re: Fens Falconry BIF meeting?

I'm up for any of the days.
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Re: Fens Falconry BIF meeting?

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The suggestion for an Olympus day was initiated by Ian on August 1st. with suggested dates of the end of August early Sept. I was on holiday early Sept. and much closer to the venue but here we are half way through September with still nothing arranged. It's a shame because I would have loved to take part in the falconry meeting but sadly the opportunity has now passed.

John

At that point, Ian was unaware I was going to be in the US during that period. I'm sorry you won't be around later.
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Re: Fens Falconry BIF meeting?

Andy thanks for those details. It's also going to cost me around 30 in petrol and a good 5 hours driving round trip, however, I had a great day out last time so am willing to commit to this. Mind you I'm not going to turn down an extra discount if it materialises Any of the days is still OK for me. It would be great to meet up with some more of the forum members so I hope you get enough takers to run this and we get good weather.
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Re: Fens Falconry BIF meeting?

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Unless I'm mis-informed, Olympus no longer provide any funding for this E-Group Forum, so I doubt if their financial assistance would be likely for this proposed venture. We can live in hopes though.

This is a free bump anyway

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While Olympus no longer fund the maintenance of this site. we remain on good terms with them and I have already been asked by them to propose ideas for consideration in the future.

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Re: Fens Falconry BIF meeting?

I agree very welcome indeed. All the Olympus events I've been to have been excellent.
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Re: Fens Falconry BIF meeting?

just to add my 2p worth.

Living in Wales, the trip would take some 4-5 hours travel each way. Would love to attend but its just too far for me.

Would really like to have a nearer meeting of the same calibre, cost I can justify, but not the travel. Be good to meet some of the Oly crowd in person (I think...)

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Re: Fens Falconry BIF meeting?

It's tricky, I can understand that the cost, especially with travel on top, makes or breaks the deal for some people. Some direct Olympus support would be helpful.

If the cost was less, say 50, who would like to come (I'm assuming same total money for Fens Falconry with a larger group in this estimate)?

I'm trying to maximize participation here whilst keeping it fair for the balconies too.

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