Do I need briefing?
We recommend briefing to all photographers with no previous experience in photographing birds from a hide. The briefing, carried out by a professional guide, includes valuable photography tips: how to work in the hide, how to use the heater, how to interpret the behavior of the birds, how to check the backgrounds, etc. This information will significantly improve first-time results.
Do I have the hide for myself?
At the Red-throated Diver site, all hides are for one person only, but it may be possible to share the hide between two people, such as a couple. If you want a private session for your group only, it’s available at an additional cost.
What time of the year can you photograph?
The photographing season is short in the summer, lasting from about 15 July to 31 August depending on the timing and progress of nesting. The photography season begins after the chicks have left the nest and continues until the chicks leave the lake.
How long does one photography session last?
There are two photographing sessions, an evening session and a morning session, both lasting 4 to 6 hours. We recommend staying overnight in the hide and combining sessions to increase your chances of action.
What kind of clothing do I need for the photography hide?
In summer, the hide can be warm, but you should take a warmer outfit along for the night. Guests are advised to bring their own sleeping bag, where you can rest for a moment during the darkest time of the night.
What is the distance to the birds and what kind of lens and equipment do I need to take with me?
The lake is 150 m wide and 100 m across, and the birds move freely throughout the lake. The nearest birds are about 5 metres away, but more often at a distance of about 20 to 50 metres. The hides are on the shore of the pond, both on the same side and next to each other.
We recommend 100-500mm zoom lenses or 300-600mm telephoto lenses + extenders (optional). For pictures of birds in the landscape, it’s possible to use shorter lenses, for example, 70-200mm.