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Kingfisher Reed bed hide 

 

We have a long standing successful Kingfisher hide at Worcestershire, but wanted to add something a bit different. We are pleased to present the new Reed bed hide.  Situated on our site in Worcestershire, the new hide is built into a natural reed bed on a large natural pool. The site is set up for mainly Kingfishers but we also feed Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler , Reed Bunting , and Water Rail at the hide. The hide overlooks a natural pool so you can also get other species dropping in. The hide has three standards photography openings and also some openings at water level . The set up is similar to our river hide, the birds are 5-6 metres away and will sit in front of the hide in good light on a variety of perches. The background is reed bed so it’s a good place to use reeds or reed mace for props. The perch is open and the light is good and particularly in the evening as its beautifully back lit.

 

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Hide Opening time:  May-July . 

Price: £125  per person 

Capacity:  3 people 

Bean bag required 

booking at sales@naturephotographyhides.co.uk 

Please click here to book

Itinerary
 
One of the most sought after birds for most wildlife photographers is the beautiful and elusive Kingfisher.  This stunning bird is one of the most difficult species to photograph in the UK.  Please note this is not a tuition day, you’re in the hide with other people.
 
Directions:
 
Our Kingfisher 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 the Kingfishers 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 perches throughout the day.  You can get in and out of the hide but obviously this will disturb the birds so it is best to only get out on a few occasions to change the perch or go to the toilet.  The birds 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 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.  

 
 
 
 
Camera Equipment:
 
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.
 
This is a great hide which will give you an amazing chance to photograph the beautiful Kingfisher found in the UK. 

Conditions of booking:

1. The hide that you book into is yours for the day. You can stay in the hide for as long as you wish but you must not swap hides.  Photography is only permitted from inside one of our hides. Please make sure that you enter and leave the hide quickly and quietly in order to respect and protect the wildlife.

2. 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, muddy and slippery so please wear appropriate foot wear. 

3. Smoking is not permitted in our hides. If you must smoke, please make sure that you are out of sight of wildlife and that you don't leave litter. 

5. When you have left the hide, please return to your vehicle. Do not walk about the farm or the fields. The farm is private property. The farmer kindly allows us to cross his land to the hides but we have no right of access. Please ensure that you shut gates behind you.

6. Please take all litter home with you and leave everything as you found it. 

7. We are not responsible for any loss or damage to you or your belongings. 

 

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