Wildbird Photography Course


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ONE DAY COURSE            10:00AM – 4:30PM

The Wildbird Photography Course is for those wishing to photograph a variety of Birds of Prey on carefully selected natural perches.

The objective of the course is to first improve your wild bird photography skills and later to photograph a variety of owls and raptors in controlled conditions and amidst natural settings. Something that would take weeks or even months with wild and free roaming subjects.

All our courses are run in our own purpose built training studio, after the photo-shoot you will return to ‘The Old Clubhouse’ for a debrief. We limit the course to a maximum of 6 students to enable the tutor to help everyone individually.

To get the most out of the Wildbird Photography Course, it is recommended that students are able to control depth of field, capture motion and have an understanding of the ISO setting. These skills are taught on our Beginners Digital Photography Course.

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    Golden Eagle
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    Great Grey Owl
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    Eagle Owl
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    Long Eared Owl
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    Peregrine Falcon
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    Long Eared Owl



The Wildbird Photography Course is delivered as a morning classroom/workshop session, followed after lunch by photographing a variety of birds provided by Falconer Rob Evans, in natural settings close to Lacock Photography. Two birds will be selected from a Barn Owl, Little Owl, Peregrine Falcon, Kestrel, Buzzard, Eagle Owl or perhaps even a Golden Eagle!

On the Wildbird Photography Course we will cover;
● Wild bird photography skills.
● How to get the best image from your camera.
● Natural lighting.
● Composition.
● Depth of field.
● The best use of your tripod.
● Working with captive species.
● Course etiquette when photographing in a group.

For the afternoon session you will be transported a short distance to meet up with falconer Rob Evans from Wings and Talons.  It is then a short walk, carrying your own kit, across fairly level but sometimes un-even ground to the site where you will photograph the birds. Then the walk back to the transport and return to the Lacock Photography for a de-brief.  A reasonable level of fitness and appropriate clothing and footware is required.


Wildbird Photography Course rated overall 4.7 out of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

♥♥♥♥♥    An excellent day on the Wildbird Photography Course . Great tuition on a virtual one to one basis. This together with a fantastic opportunity to take lots of photographs of magnificent birds of prey in natural surroundings means that I would certainly recommend this course to others.
♥♥♥♥♥  The Wildbird Photography Course is a first class  presentation by Don and great interaction with the falconer and his birds.
♥♥♥♥♥   The Wildbird Photography Course is thoroughly enjoyable which I would fully recommend. The tutorial was very informative and taught me (and the group as a whole) not only the elements of wildlife photography but also to use settings on my camera that had previously been ignored. The size of the group (5) was just right and enabled each of us to have some one to one tuition whilst out in the field. The mix of birds with their different size, plumage and personalities was also a plus point. Many thanks for an enjoyable and educational day.
♥♥♥♥♥  It was a very enjoyable day on the Wildbird Photography Course,the weather was good, the birds very well behaved, a very patient tutor and a lovely lunch.
♥♥♥♥   The whole day was excellent. Will send some photos if I am happy with any when cropped and tidied!!!
♥♥♥♥♥   Good balance of tutorial and hands-on experience from professional Wildlife Photographer Don Hooper, who had an infectious enthusiasm for the subject and a surfeit of patience to help us all.


We run this course several times every year, mainly at weekends.  We get booked up pretty quickly as we have a maximum number of 6 students on each course.

The dates we currently have places available for booking are shown above. Just choose the date you would like to come and add to cart. Payment may be made on our secure website by credit or debit card or by calling 01249 730571 to book and pay by card over the the phone.

If you would like to book but none of the available dates is suitable then maybe a one to one or one to two session could be arranged, please use the contact form to let us know.

We aim to start at 10:00 am so ask you to arrive from 9:45 am for a welcome tea or coffee. The day ends at around 4:30 pm.

THE TUTOR - Don Hooper

Don is an accomplished wildlife Photographer with over 35 years of experience based in Bristol. His knowledge has been gained not only from research but  from quite simply getting out there and using his camera.

In the early days Don looked upon his photography as a hobby but now very much regards himself in the professional ranks with many published works in his portfolio.

For his own work, Don uses Canon professional cameras and lenses, a must if he is to compete with fellow wildlife photographers, in what is a very tough market place.

Don spends as much time as he can with his camera, out in the great outdoors watching and waiting for that wildlife encounter that only comes with knowledge and experience. However, he is equally at home in a classroom in front of like-minded people willing and eager to pursue their  passion for wildlife photography.

Don has a relaxed and easy going style that perfectly lends itself to teaching photographers of any age or ability in their quest to have a go at or to improve their wildlife photography skills.

Don’s work can be seen at:



Once you arrive we look after you for the whole day. You won’t have to go out to find somewhere to get lunch or bring sandwiches!

Included in the price is:

● Photoshoot with wild birds from WIngs and Talons
● Refreshments (coffee, tea etc)
● Buffet lunch
● Training Notes
● Free Parking

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