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?
Our hides are for 3 or 4 people, so there may also be other photographers in the hide. If you want a private hide, or a photography session for your group only, it’s available at an additional cost.
What time of the year can you photograph?
Every day, there are dozens of birds to be photographed. The busiest photography season is in the spring when the main migration species arrive, together with dozens of Bramblings and Bullfinches. This is in late April. On a snowy day, up to 100, even 200 birds may come to the site. In September-October time, it’s possible to photograph quite a few small birds species, against a beautiful background aflame with autumn colours.
How long does one photography session last?
You can choose the length of your photography session, but we recommend a session of at least 4-5 hours. You can come out the hide to refill the feeders for the birds. The birds will take off and leave but they will return after a while.
What kind of clothing do I need for the photography hide?
Nights can be cold in the spring, and we recommend warm winter clothes such as wool socks, gloves, a hat and thermal layers, with winter boots and jacket. Each hide has a gel heater but even so, warm clothes are a must. If you do not have your own, we have warm boots and winter overalls that you can rent.
What is the distance to the birds and what kind of lens and equipment do I need to take with me?
There are perching branches and feeders at about 3 to 4 metres distance in front of the hide. Zoom lenses such as 100-400mm, 150-600mm or even a shorter 70-200mm are practical. If you want tight close-ups, we recommend fixed telephoto lenses, 300-500mm + extenders (optional).