We take a look at six stealthy op­tions for stay­ing hid­den

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Get­ting great wildlife shots re­quires a great deal of pa­tience, and even then na­ture won’t make an ap­pear­ance un­less you blend in with your en­vi­ron­ment. Rock up to a wildlife shoot in a dayglo shell suit and you wont at­tract any birds, feath­ered or oth­er­wise. But which cam­ou­flage is best?

The cover of choice for most pros is a ded­i­cated hide. A typ­i­cal tent de­sign gives you nu­mer­ous win­dows to shoot through and is usu­ally a dod­dle to set up. You’ll also have plenty of room to move around in­side, as well as de­cent pro­tec­tion from the el­e­ments.

How­ever, the weight and bulk of a full-on hide can be a pain when you’re on the go. That’s where cam­ou­flage cloth­ing comes into its own. Go for a hoodie and trousers that’ll slip straight over what­ever else you’re wear­ing and hey presto: in­stant cover.

Al­ter­na­tively, you can get the best of both worlds in the form of a bag hide that sim­ply drapes over you and your cam­era. Un­for­tu­nately, in the UK there are only a few spe­cial­ist sup­pli­ers of de­cent hides for pho­tog­ra­phy, but all the op­tions re­viewed here are avail­able in the UK .

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