Ontario Birds of Prey

The Jessy's are coming off! Due to popular demand our flight birds will be ring free. This will a great opportunity to photograph in flight and static birds of prey, in a natural setting. Flying birds could include: Harris’ Hawk, Red Tailed Hawk, Broad-Winged Hawk, Great Horned Owl, Barn Owl, Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle. Static birds could include: Eagle Owl, Swainson’s Hawk, Peregrine, Aplomado Falcon.



Instructor: Chris Pepper

Location:  Vittoria, Ontario

Price: Full Day is $275 plus HST or Half Day is 149.95 Plus HST.

Included: Water, juice, pop, snacks and PDF tutorials on editing suggestions after you have finished taking photos at the workshop.

Not Included: Transportation, lunch, anything that is not listed within included

***Maximum 10 participates*** 

***Directions will be sent to you by Chris prior to the workshop***


What You Will Learn:

  • We will work with everyone to teach depth of field, shutter speed, camera settings, and work to obtain the best 'keeper' photo by positioning our subjects.
  • Our falconer is excellent with his birds and really understands the needs of wildlife photographers and natural looking images are what we always try to achieve.


  • Our morning will start down at the lake with nice morning light as we fly the Bald Eagle along the shore line.
  • After we will return to our main location to fly the Bald Eagle over the pond.
  • Continuing on many of the birds species are placed in some wonderful settings, which again compliments the natural surroundings that these birds would occupy in the wild. (Static Shots)
  • The falconer, will bring out some bird species for our in-flight session, the bird will fly from large stumps to create another natural setting.
  • All of the birds we use on our workshops are very well looked after by our falconer and so the birds are always feather perfect which makes the final images look much more natural.

Possible Birds of Prey we Will be Photographing:

Great horned owl picture Chris Pepper

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl ( Flight and Static Photos )

The great horned owl, also known as the tiger owl or the hoot owl, is a large owl native to the Americas. It is an extremely adaptable bird with a vast range and is the most widely distributed true owl in the Americas.

barn owl picture Chris pepper

Barn Owl

( Flight and Static Photos )

The Barn Owl is a relatively small owl species (35-45 cm, 450-550 gm) with a heart-shaped facial disc, no ear tufts, dark eyes, a white breast and golden-buff feathers on its back. It hunts at dusk and through the night for mice, voles and shrews in open grassy areas such as old farm fields, wet meadows, tallgrass prairie, and grassed ditch banks and wetland edges.

Great Grey Owl picture Chris Pepper

Great Grey Owl

( Static Photos Only )

The great grey owl or great gray owl is a very large owl, documented as the world's largest species of owl by length. It is distributed across the Northern Hemisphere.

Eurasion Eagle Owl picture Chris Pepper

Eurasian Eagle Owl

Eurasian Eagle Owl ( Static Photos Only )

Eurasian Eagle-owls combine fast and powerful flights with shallow wing beats and long, fast glides. They also soar on updrafts, displaying a type of flight similar to that of soaring hawks like the Red-tailed Hawk. Eurasian Eagle-owls are among the world's largest owls. Their pumpkin orange eyes and feathery ear tufts make them one of the most striking owls in the world.

Bald Eagle picture Chris Pepper

Bald Eagle

( Flight and Static Photos )

The Bald Eagle dwarfs most other raptors, including the Turkey Vulture and Red-tailed Hawk. It has a heavy body, large head, and long, hooked bill. In flight, a Bald Eagle holds its broad wings flat like a board.

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Golden Eagle

( Flight and Static Photos )

The Golden Eagle is one of the largest, fastest, nimblest raptors in North America. Lustrous gold feathers gleam on the back of its head and neck; a powerful beak and talons advertise its hunting prowess

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Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl ( Flight and Static Photos )

The regal Snowy Owl is one of the few birds that can get even non-birders to come out for a look. This largest (by weight) North American owl shows up irregularly in winter to hunt in windswept fields or dunes, a pale shape with catlike yellow eyes.


Aplomado Falcon

( Seasonal Static Photos )

The aplomado falcon is a medium-sized falcon of the Americas. The species' largest contiguous range is in South America, but not in the deep interior Amazon Basin.



( Seasonal Static Photos )

The name kestrel is given to several different members of the falcon genus, Falco. Kestrels are most easily distinguished by their typical hunting behavior which is to hover at a height of around 10–20 feet.

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Harris Hawk

( Flight and Static Photos )

The Harris's hawk formerly known as the bay-winged hawk or dusky hawk, is a medium-large bird of prey that breeds from the southwestern United States south to Chile and central Argentina.

Red-tailed hawk picture Chris Pepper

Red-tailed Hawk

( Flight and Static Photos )

The red-tailed hawk is a bird of prey, one of three species colloquially known in the United States as the "chickenhawk," though it rarely preys on standard sized chickens.


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