For a lot of British wildlife photographers the Kestrel is one of the most sought after birds to photograph. We have all seen this beautiful bird hovering over the margins and now we can get that bit closer. We have been working on Kestrels at our farm in Worcestershire for a while now and are now happy that we have a reliable set up. We have both male and female coming to a post 8 metres from the hide. You will be supplied with food for the birds and different perches will give you a vaiety of photographs. The hide is a purpose built wooden five man hide with good views over the fields where the birds fly. The hide has a large door and ramp for wheelchair access . A 300mm - 500mm lens and a bean bag are required.
Open all Year
£75 per person per day
Max 3 in hide
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All species of Birds of Prey are very elusive in the UK and can prove very difficult subjects for wildlife photographers. Our aim with this hide is to get you some intimate images of one of the most beautiful Kestrels in the UK. A range of different perches can be used throughout the day so it gives you a very varied portfolio. Please note this is not a tuition day, you’re in the hide with other people.
Our Kestrel hide is located in Worcestershire near the town of Droitwich. It is very close to the Junction 5 on the M5 motorway, once you’ve taken the signs for Bromsgrove, go under the motorway and you need to take your first turning on your left and you will see a McDonalds the postcode is WR9 7PA. On the morning 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 the Kestrels are located. Darren will set you up in the hide and you can then choose your first perch for the day. It is important that you pay attention to how Darren sets the perch up so that you can get the best out of the day and also to have a varied selection of images it is best to change the perch throughout the day. You can get in and out of the hide but obviously this will disturb the Kestrels so it is best to only get out on a few occasions to change the perch or go to the toilet. The kestrels are very site faithful and will return but it takes them longer to come back if they’re disturbed so it is in your best interest to stay in the hide as much as you can
.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 strong walking boots or wellington boots. 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, the longest lens you have (300mm or 500mm + convertor would be our recommendation/choice) 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 .