Bird Watching (UK) - - Part Two Bird Photography Basics -

Bird­watch­ers are not un­fa­mil­iar with hides, but for pho­tog­ra­phy pur­poses most of these are not re­ally up to scratch. Although re­serve hides of­fer a great start­ing point, in re­al­ity for the best im­ages you will want to work from your own hide, that is po­si­tioned in the per­fect lo­ca­tion for im­ages. Of­ten these lo­ca­tions will be on pri­vate prop­erty, so you may need per­mis­sion. The most

prac­ti­cal type of hide to work with is a tent or dome hide, as these can be placed out in ad­vance and of­fer a com­fort­able en­vi­ron­ment. When po­si­tion­ing them, you will want to work out where your sub­jects will be and the di­rec­tion of light, as

well as try­ing to con­ceal them as best as pos­si­ble within nat­u­ral fea­tures. An­other type of hide that of­fers a more por­ta­ble so­lu­tion is that of a bag hide, which cover you and your tri­pod, hid­ing you from the birds. An­other op­tion is to use your car as hide. Most birds are used to cars so of­ten stick around longer. Work­ing out of the win­dows you can sim­ply drive along small coun­try roads look­ing for sub­jects.

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