Birds In Flight


Birds In Flight

Join Andrew Goodall for a great afternoon on the Sunshine Coast learning the skills for one of the most rewarding - and most challenging - subjects in the world of nature photography. This is a small group workshop for people who have learned the basics and are ready to take their wildlife photography to the next level.

Course Summary

You may already be pretty good at wildlife photography, but birds in flight is an altogether different challenge. It’s not just about shutter speed, it requires a new approach to focus modes and more.

If you have never photographed birds in flight before, this workshop will be a real eye-opener. And be prepared for a challenge as we will be aiming to photograph wild birds who don’t make it easy for you! If you are already experienced in this type of photography, you may simply enjoy discovering a new location to shoot, and spending an afternoon with a small group of photographers who share your passion for birds in flight.

The emphasis is on learning-by-doing, so be sure to bring a fully charged battery and plenty of space on your memory card!


The Program

We meet at 2.00pm on location. To keep things interesting, I am running alternate workshops in Caloundra and Coolum. You will find the location as well as the date in the product description (product box on the right). We begin with a ‘getting to know you’ session where I can find out more about your experience level. Then we have a session of theory where I will explain settings and techniques and (if necessary) show you where to find them on your camera. 

Then we simply start shooting! The rest of our afternoon is spent practicing, testing our skills whenever a likely subject flies by. The workshop is over when the light is gone, so you can expect to stay into the late afternoon, although you are of course welcome to leave earlier if you choose.

PLEASE UNDERSTAND we are going to a place where birds are usually found and have provided me with many great photo opportunities. But these are wild birds which will turn up if and when they choose. Even the direction of the wind on the day can affect our chances. At some workshops we may have many opportunites, at others we may have very few.

What To Bring

  • Camera (obviously). DSLR or Mirrorless DSLR welcome
  • Telephoto Lens. A powerful telephoto is ideal for more distant birds, but often the larger birds will fly pretty close, so a zoom lens is ideal to allow you to zoom back as they approach. I use a 100-400mm lens and will expect to use the entire zoom range in an afternoon.
  • A fully charged battery (and a spare if you have one).
  • A suitable memory card with plenty of space available (and a spare if you have one).
  • Comfortable shoes and a hat. You can expect to be on your feet for most of the afternoon.
  • A bottle of drinking water and snacks if you think you need them to keep the energy up!


When you make your booking…

Soon after your booking is completed, you will receive an email with everything you need to know – where we meet, how to get there, what to bring etc. If you need any further information to help you decide, contact Andrew any time using the CONTACT page on this website.

Terms & Conditions

One person = one booking. If you wish to book for more than one person, please be sure to enter the correct number in the quantity box in the shopping cart.

There are no refunds for non attendance. However if you are genuinely unable to make it to the workshop you have booked for, we will happy transfer your booking to another date. In the event of wet weather you will be contacted prior to the workshop and if necessary, every effort will be made to find an alternative date that suits the entire group. If that is not possible your paid booking can be held in reserve for a future scheduled workshop.