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Tawny Owl Hide

About this session

The tawny owl is Britain’s commonest owl, yet possibly the most elusive and difficult to photograph, being an owl of woodland and nocturnal in its habits. However, David, has used his experience with owls, and especially with tawny owls, to create two separate hides on the Knepp Rewilding project. So far these hides have a 100% success rate with photographers. And, these are David’s favourite hides.

The tawny owl hide is a semi-supervised hides, where you will be guided as to the settings to put into your camera. The particular pair of owls, although totally wild will land under ambient light panels, so no need for flash.

When the bird lands in front of you, you simply press the button. The owls visits several times in fairly quick succession just after dusk. Normally you will fire around 50 frames, however, hopefully these are great frames of an elusive, wild tawny owl.

Additionally, you may have the opportunity to photograph these owls in ambient natural light, depending on the owls of course and time of year.

These sessions are arranged by mutual agreement on Mondays to Thursdays




Hide-session is for one person only

Evening sessions only

Time in the hide is approx 3 hours

Available Mondays to Thursdays only

Dates are by mutual agreement – click above to email

Kit list

You will need at least a 400 mm lens


Preferably a remote release (not essential)



Do I need to be an advanced photographer?

Some courses are specifically for beginners and other are more specialised for those with intermediate skills.

1 to 1 courses can be bespoke to cater for specific needs.

Most hides, do not require advanced skills, but this may depend on the shots you want.

Please note, hiring  a hide set-up does not include supervision.

What are the terms and conditions?

It is assumed that you have read and agree with these terms and conditions at time of booking. And that you understand that by booking a wildlife hide, you are fully aware that there are no guarantees with wildlife. Read our T&Cs in full.

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