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Went



Joined: 19 Mar 2006
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 11 1:04 pm    Post subject: Photography/Bird Hide  Reply with quote    

I want to build a hide in the garden for photography - anyone come across any plans for something simple, moveable and effective?

Ideas welcomed

hermie10



Joined: 05 Apr 2011
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 11 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I will be watching this with interest as I would love something like this for me too

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 35420
Location: yes
PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 11 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

mean no harm

no hiding required



avoid shiny things ,clatter etc but most garden birds will be very tame in cat free areas

in the woods they get used toa new harmless critter in a week or so and will land on ,beg scraps etc in two weeks

hiding worries most wildlife ,

if they feel no threat photo time is easy ,hand feeding is fun ,long lens can see far away things

sean
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Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: North Devon
PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 11 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You can buy those pop up tents very cheaply nowadays. Could you use one of those as the basis if you bought one in green/khaki/camo fabric? Or do you want to be able to stand up?

BahamaMama



Joined: 21 Sep 2006
Posts: 2315
Location: Away with the fairies
PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 11 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Himself bought a camping chair thing that has a hood that pulls over from back to front, it is camouflage pattern and window vents that open to allow a lens to poke through and it is waterproof.

It is small enough to travel around, personally I found it claustrophobic.

Went



Joined: 19 Mar 2006
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 11 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'd like something to blend in but also made of natural materials. Possibly moveable around the garden, maybe covered in heather type matting with mesh slotted windows. Tall enough for a low camping chair and tripod. The tent would be another idea but really want something a little more rustic and semi-permanent.

@dpack, I appreciate what you are saying but hide watching/photography opens it up to lizards, slow worms, mice, voles and a whole manner of other things that happen by.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 11 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

to get close just be no threat ,in the open is less of a worry to wildlife than a big smelly tent with a person with stuff in it

when i go otter watching i take the dogs and bedding and bacon to fry and live with em for a week where they live ,we dont hide ,they dont hide ,

im trying to help rather than be rude

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 11 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

portable invisible can be done well with meshnet (try webtex)and a few leaves

for a static hide natural materials make sense as do sniper techniques of using the landscape to be invisible

Went



Joined: 19 Mar 2006
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 11 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dpack wrote:
to get close just be no threat ,in the open is less of a worry to wildlife than a big smelly tent with a person with stuff in it

when i go otter watching i take the dogs and bedding and bacon to fry and live with em for a week where they live ,we dont hide ,they dont hide ,

im trying to help rather than be rude


I know what you mean dpack and I would love to spend that amount of time to do just that. We are lucky in so much that we have otters nearby and watch them regularly. They get more accustomed to your presence. I think a hide would work well in the wilder part of the garden though. They would get used to it being there and I could use it as and when I have the time.

windyridge



Joined: 03 Oct 2010
Posts: 2732
Location: Up the garden from Henry
PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 11 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Is it a good idea to have wild animals accustomed to humans?

There are a number of supposed human beings who would not hesitate to take advantage of an animal's trust.

Sorry dpack.. what I read of you you seem to be a really lovely person... if only there were more like you!

Last edited by windyridge on Wed Apr 20, 11 4:57 pm; edited 1 time in total

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 11 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

the time is what makes the results

wildlife watching is very time using

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 11 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

windyridge wrote:
Is it a good idea to have wild animals accustomed to humans?

There are a number of supposed human beings who would not hesitate to take advantage of an animal's trust.

Sorry dpack.. what I read of you you seem to be a really lovely person... if only there were more like you!


watching is just knowing what is in the larder
and maybe some delight in life

Blacksmith



Joined: 25 Jan 2005
Posts: 5025
Location: Berkshire
PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 11 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Got an excellent "shed" with lift up windows at a lake near me....But I struggle with 300mm (x1.5) 12mp Camera. Looking forward to getting closer with some DPM clothing and scrim

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