Day three at the hide

Another day, another hide. I really got bitten by the virus and headed north once again. This time the goal was to capture the elusive Water Rail, a wetland bird that is quite shy and runs off into the reeds instead of flying off when spooked. It has a fierce look that belies its shyness. As if I needed proof you always need to be attentive in these huts, a sparrow hawk showed up after about half an hour. I managed to snap some shots but they all had some reflection in them form the uncovered window on the side. Often these huts have multiple viewpoints which you can over with curtains when you are not looking through them. It's best to close them as they let in light which can cancel the ef

Day two at the hide

Last month I managed to liberate another day to go and get some more experience in hide photography. For those not familiar with the concept: it consists in sitting quietly in a purposely built hut equipped with mirroring glass. It allows you to observe nature in a way not normally possible as most animals will spot you long before you spot them. There are hides dedicated to many different types of animals but most of them are built for bird photography. This hide was specialized for forest birds like woodpeckers, nuthatches and tree-creepers. As usual there were tits a plenty. But most spectacular was the buzzard that showed up and stayed for a long while before it was attacked by another b

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