Course description

On this workshop we use bait-and-perch techniques to get stunning portraits of notoriously shy small woodland birds. Nuthatches, goldfinches, great tits, blue tits, chaffinches and marsh tits are regulars and full-frame images of woodpeckers are ‘almost’ certain. The workshop starts with a discussion on bird behaviour and how we manipulate that to suit our needs. Fundamentals such as exposure and camera settings are also covered. As well as using the main hide, there is access to smaller woodpecker and goldfinch hides.

“To photograph a great spotted woodpecker from a few metres was an incredible experience and one I’d happily recommend to anyone”

Will Cheung – Editor, Photography Monthly


Scrag Copse

Camera equipment

A minimum focal length lens of 300mm is required; a longer focal length is even better. A tripod is also essential for this workshop. For SLR users only; this workshop is NOT suitable for hybrid cameras. Species and bird behaviour may vary based on conditions and guarantees of shots cannot be given.

Maximum number of attendees: four people


Course dates

Price: £155 per person

10 February 2018

24 February 2018

17 March 2018

24 March 2018


3 November 2018

17 November 2018

24 November 2018

Exclusive days of one-to-one or one-to-two tuition in woodland bird photography

(Date by mutual arrangement)

1 person £250

(weekdays only)

2 person £395

(weekdays only)

Payment: Paypal, Credit Card or by cheque payable to David Plummer to be made at time of booking. Please post to: 8 Orchard Close, Small Dole, Henfield, West Sussex BN5 9YA

Booking: email or phone 07957 484 737 or 01273 494 753 to book your place.

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