Heron Pool Hide
Over the Summer we have been busy building a purpose built pool to enable photography of our local Herons fishing at water level . As with all our hides you will sit in a comfortable chair while the action occurs in front of you . The pool is approx 10 metres by 3 metres and works like our unique Kingfisher diving pool , just on a bigger scale with bigger fish ..We have another visitor to the pool and that is the local Otter , he has been around the site for over a year now so hopefully he will settle on the new pool as well ..This is a truly unique experience in the UK . Both species are fed at the pool with dead fish .
Location ; Worcestershire
Price ; £99 pp
Lens ; 300- 400 mm
bean bag required .
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Having only previously been able to photograph Herons feeding on the continent through glass we set about building a special pool and hide to achieve this in the UK for the first time . You are at water level where the Herons are fed and are very close to the action .
Herons are pretty difficult to photograph at close quarters as they are pretty nervous , so the upmost care needs to be taken in terms of movement and noise disturbance . Noise and movement will lessen your chances of getting satisfactory results .
Our Heron hide is located in Worcestershire near the town of Droitwich. It is very close to Junction 5 on the M5 motorway once you’ve taken the Junction 5 sign posted to Droitwich you will come to a roundabout and take your first turning on your left and you will see a McDonalds immediately after this left turn and the postcode is WR9 7PA. On the morning of the workshop Darren (mobile no: 07850878370)will meet you in the car park at McDonalds at 8 am. It is then a short drive to the farm where Darren will set you up in the hide . It is important that you pay attention to how Darren sets the hide so that you can get the best out of the day and also to have a varied selection of images . You can get in and out of the hide but obviously this will disturb the birds so it is best to only get out when you are sure the birds have left the area .
What to Bring:
The vast majority of your time will be spent in the hide; in terms of clothing you will need some warm clothes because it can be cold at this time of year. It is also a 5 minute walk to the hide so please bring waterproof clothing too because you don’t want to get wet before the day even starts. You will need a good pair of wellington boots, these are essential for this workshop. To be able to change the perches for the Kingfishers throughout the day you have to walk into the shallow stream so walking boots are not ideal. The weather is difficult to predict at this time of the year, it could be cold especially in the early morning and then gets warmer as the day progresses, so bring hats and gloves as well. You will need to bring your own food and drinks as there is no cafeteria on the site so a thermal flask with hot tea or coffee is recommended. Please note there are no toilet facilities on the site either because of the remote location.
In terms of camera kit you'll need a bean bag, 300mm - 400mm lens . plenty of flash cards and batteries. There is no electricity in the hide so please make sure that you have spare batteries that are fully charged because on a good day you can take lots of great images.
Terms and conditions of booking ;
1. The Worcestershire site is a working farm , as such there may be animals and farm equipment in the fields . The fields and river banks may be wet and muddy and slippery please wear appropriate foot wear .
2. The hide booking is for a full day , you can leave at your own convenience .
3. The hides are non Smoking .
4. Please stay in the hides .
5. Please close all gates .
6. We are not responsible for loss or damage to you or your belongings .