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ClarkinBabler
10th of March 2009 (Tue), 21:16
Looking for one that is very portable, maybe just a cameo mesh? Wondering what everyone uses

artyman
11th of March 2009 (Wed), 05:09
I've just ordered some Camo and waiting for it to arrive.

scot079
11th of March 2009 (Wed), 11:39
Ameristep makes a a couple of nice portable ones. I've used the doghouse, it folds up into a 2' circle and comes with a backpack style carrying case.

http://www.cabelas.com/hprod-1/0004801.shtml

Or there's the outhouse, a little smaller and cheaper

http://www.naturescapes.net/store/product.php?productid=145

You may also be interested in the Kwik Kamo

http://www.naturescapes.net/store/product.php?productid=150&cat=0&page=1

andrewhuxman
11th of March 2009 (Wed), 12:12
I use this one, and I am making a waterfowl blind for multiple shooters.

http://www.naturescapes.net/store/product.php?productid=293&cat=62&page=1

With a snow netting draped over it.

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t47/ahuxman58/IMG_0888.jpg

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t47/ahuxman58/IMG_9564.jpg

Redrib
11th of March 2009 (Wed), 15:27
I have the Ameristep Outhouse and when it is not windy it works great. Plenty of room in it for a chair but I just sit on a bucket. I love the way it folds up and has it's own backpack for carrying...very light weight too. The only thing is it is staring to tear apart from the bottom frame so I'll have to repair it somehow.

Hikin Mike
11th of March 2009 (Wed), 16:34
Would you believe this:

My DIV Photography Blind (http://www.imagesinthebackcountry.com/blog/?p=69)

Good for the back yard, but not so good if your "traveling"!

artyman
11th of March 2009 (Wed), 18:33
Well the camo material arrived today so went out and found a nice field, sat there for ages not a single bird came within shooting distance, and I got cold as well :(

Redrib
11th of March 2009 (Wed), 18:42
Mike that is a really cool blind and you have the shots to prove it!

Redrib
11th of March 2009 (Wed), 18:49
Sorry your field trip didn't lend you any images today Art...you might try leaving some bird seed in that area and hopefully they will show up regularly for you. Good luck.

scot079
11th of March 2009 (Wed), 18:51
Well the camo material arrived today so went out and found a nice field, sat there for ages not a single bird came within shooting distance, and I got cold as well :(

Artyman, you should try providing some "motivation" for the birds to land near you.

If you're after songbirds try feeders
http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u264/scot079/IMG_6993copy.jpg

Or try stuffing suet in the natural cavities of a tree to provide a more natural feeling to the photos as opposed to feeders. Maybe you can hide it better than I did:
http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u264/scot079/chickadee.jpg



If you're after raptors then I don't have any advice except being in the right place at the right time;):)

snowyowl13
12th of March 2009 (Thu), 09:12
I use two blinds, one is a permanent wooden structure that i built back at our river. It is only moderately successful. I plan to build a couple more at other locations and hope that they will be more successful. I also have a nylon portable blind that has worked very well near my feeders. It is a hunting blind that I bought on sale at a local hardware store.

Sean
12th of March 2009 (Thu), 11:20
I'll be looking into some blinds in the future. This is a good thread to keep around. Subed.

canonloader
12th of March 2009 (Thu), 13:01
I own an outhouse tent thing and I bought several yards of camo cloth at Walmart. I have never used it and used the tent once. As an old squirrel hunter, I should have known, none of that stuff is needed. The car works very well if the birds are within range of where I can drive to, and a nice fold out chair with my tripod set up in front of it will do for where I have to walk to. Birds are like squirrels, you don't hunt squirrels by walking through the leaves. You walk in and sit down and act normal for ten minutes. After that the critters are use to you and will start moving around, mostly ignoring you after they check you out. Some are curious and will even come close to see what you are or if you have some food for them, others are so shy that no tent is going to fool them and have left by the time you get it set up. :lol:

ClarkinBabler
12th of March 2009 (Thu), 13:41
I own an outhouse tent thing and I bought several yards of camo cloth at Walmart. I have never used it and used the tent once. As an old squirrel hunter, I should have known, none of that stuff is needed. The car works very well if the birds are within range of where I can drive to, and a nice fold out chair with my tripod set up in front of it will do for where I have to walk to. Birds are like squirrels, you don't hunt squirrels by walking through the leaves. You walk in and sit down and act normal for ten minutes. After that the critters are use to you and will start moving around, mostly ignoring you after they check you out. Some are curious and will even come close to see what you are or if you have some food for them, others are so shy that no tent is going to fool them and have left by the time you get it set up. :lol:

True in some cases, but if I want to go after wood ducks I can set up and move around a bit inside with startling them.Ducks are very nervous things sometimes and you need to set up and wait a long time for them. Also I want to set up next to water or food sources and let them come to me. Sometimes you can wait for them, other times a slow walk through the woods yeilds some nice birds. Some of my favorite shots are from walks through fields and crop rows

Harry Mueller
13th of March 2009 (Fri), 10:24
I just got back into bird photography after a 35 year hiatus. Back then I used a home made blind, basically a cloth box with a very light wooden frame. It came in handy for a lot of nest photography.

I live in Manitoba and we've still got a lot of snow on the ground so I haven't used the two blinds I bought yet. What I decided on, after some research and a few suggestions from people with experience, was to get two blinds. One is the Kwik Kamo for portability and longer walks and the other an Ameristep two chair blind. This last blind has two built in chairs and is quite comfy and is planned mainly for my setups in the back yard. Although it's packaged with backpack type straps it is somewhat heavy.

I'll post my impressions once I use them.

Harry

Mr. E
22nd of March 2009 (Sun), 10:34
I don't have one yet, but will be getting this one for Father's Day:
http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/links/link.jsp?id=0043029417739a&type=product&cmCat=SEARCH_all&returnPage=search-results1.jsp&No=18&Ntt=blind&Ntk=Products&sort=all&_D%3AhasJS=+&N=0&_D%3Asort=+&Nty=1&hasJS=true&_DARGS=%2Fcabelas%2Fen%2Fcommon%2Fsearch%2Fsearch-box.jsp.form1&_dyncharset=ISO-8859-1

mr.jon
22nd of March 2009 (Sun), 23:04
I sat down on a walkway today and set up my tripod so it was a good height for me to shoot comfortable sitting "pretzel style" After about 3 minutes i had tons of songbirds flocking to my feeders, i got a few shots that i call the "MFD" shots, because the birds were to close to my 400 so i couldn't focus on them. (minimum focusing distance on the 400 is about 11 feet, i had chickadees within 7 feet of me on branches.)

snowyowl13
23rd of March 2009 (Mon), 07:40
I don't have one yet, but will be getting this one for Father's Day:
http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/links/link.jsp?id=0043029417739a&type=product&cmCat=SEARCH_all&returnPage=search-results1.jsp&No=18&Ntt=blind&Ntk=Products&sort=all&_D%3AhasJS=+&N=0&_D%3Asort=+&Nty=1&hasJS=true&_DARGS=%2Fcabelas%2Fen%2Fcommon%2Fsearch%2Fsearch-box.jsp.form1&_dyncharset=ISO-8859-1
Very similar to the one I use.

snowyowl13
23rd of March 2009 (Mon), 07:41
A friend has offered me the use of his pit blind. It's a permanent pit in a corn field. It's used for Fall goose hunting.

canonloader
23rd of March 2009 (Mon), 07:54
I just sit in the car and roll the window down and get shots like these. :mrgreen:

http://www.picturelacrosse.com/birds/woody08/red-headed-woodpecker-img_5755-012209.jpg

http://www.picturelacrosse.com/birds/woody08/downywpf-in-hand-db3b1264-110808.jpg

http://www.picturelacrosse.com/birds/chickadee08/chickadee-img_8172-112508.jpg

http://www.picturelacrosse.com/birds/nuthatch08/nuthatch-in-hand-db3b1895-110908.jpg

Cars make excellent hides. ;)

artyman
23rd of March 2009 (Mon), 10:37
Now you're just showing off :D

canonloader
23rd of March 2009 (Mon), 11:42
HAHA, couldn't resist. Seriously though, I do have a popup tent and some camo cloth, and found that I just don't need that stuff. The tent is so light, doesn't have a floor and any small puff of wind makes it balloon up and act like some monster that would startle any bird out of his feathers. :)

KayakPhotos
23rd of March 2009 (Mon), 11:46
The blind looks a bit cramped. How is the room when sitting inside?
I use this one, and I am making a waterfowl blind for multiple shooters.

http://www.naturescapes.net/store/product.php?productid=293&cat=62&page=1

With a snow netting draped over it.

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t47/ahuxman58/IMG_0888.jpg

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t47/ahuxman58/IMG_9564.jpg

Hikin Mike
23rd of March 2009 (Mon), 13:18
I just sit in the car and roll the window down and get shots like these. :mrgreen:

Cars make excellent hides. ;)

I hate you Mitch! j/k of course.

+1 with the car blind. My local wildlife refuge prohibits walking/hiking along the road, so we have to drive.

KayakPhotos
23rd of March 2009 (Mon), 13:19
I hate you Mitch! j/k of course.

+1 with the car blind. My local wildlife refuge prohibits walking/hiking along the road, so we have to drive.

Wow, they must be strict there. I used to sneak off into the woods and stalk deer at the wildlife refuge I grew up near.

canonloader
23rd of March 2009 (Mon), 15:23
Nothing like that here Mike. It's incredibly laid back. Once I get inside the park itself, the rules seem to change. If there are ducks in a pond on the left side of the 2 lane road, I pull into the left lane, shut the engine off, roll down the window and start shooting. I have had the sheriff roll up and ask what I was shooting. Very laid back here and one of the benefits of small town life in the deep North woods. :lol:

Methodical
24th of March 2009 (Tue), 12:54
I use my bathroom or office window to shoot birds near the backyard feeders (get shots while perched). They don't know I'm there for the most part. I use trees when in the woods or a car on a nature drive thru.

And after reading this post I think I will set up some perches near my shed and use the shed as my blind (shoot out the window). Now why didn't I think of this before. Well off to work now

Hikin Mike
24th of March 2009 (Tue), 14:08
Wow, they must be strict there. I used to sneak off into the woods and stalk deer at the wildlife refuge I grew up near.

Just in the Merced NWR. There is two viewing platforms that you can walk to, and there's a couple of hiking/walking trails. That said, I do see people standing beside your car taking pictures etc and I have done it too...especially near sunset :eek:

andrewhuxman
24th of March 2009 (Tue), 14:28
The blind looks a bit cramped. How is the room when sitting inside?

Its not bad , has a folding chair which holds me I am 6'3"225 has 4 side windows 2 on each side. Its not very roomy but its not meant to be, holds me my tripod and my 500 ok. And is very lightweight and portable with a carrying case over the shoulder and away you go. The mosquito netting is my addition does not come with the blind.

Hawkman
31st of March 2009 (Tue), 21:58
My jeep is a popular one :)

andrewhuxman
31st of March 2009 (Tue), 22:20
My latest creation, worked well the birds definitely didnt see us they were not spooked at all holds 2 shooters and gear very comfortably easy up and easy down very lightweight easily adaptable for different type of setups. Only downfall not very warm.

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t47/ahuxman58/IMG_4006-1.jpg

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t47/ahuxman58/IMG_4008.jpg

Got shots like this,

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t47/ahuxman58/IMG_9130.jpg

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t47/ahuxman58/IMG_9199.jpg

artyman
1st of April 2009 (Wed), 03:38
Looks palatial to me, perhaps it might be better if you used it in warmer weather :D

old timer
4th of April 2009 (Sat), 15:53
I have been using my Double Bull hunting blind, easy to set up and take down. I have been watching an eagle nest and after about 10 minutes they ignor it. :)

Methodical
13th of April 2009 (Mon), 15:36
can anyone provide me with the specs (i.e. height, width etc.) for the Quick Camo blind. I've researched to no avail.

Thanks

Tom Reichner
16th of April 2009 (Thu), 23:39
I just sit in the car and roll the window down and get shots like these. :mrgreen:

"Mitch the Bird Whisperer"

Tom Reichner
16th of April 2009 (Thu), 23:44
One thing to keep in mind with blinds that you sit in (on a chair) is that some of them really don't allow you to get down and put that camera right at ground level for the low angle shot that is so often preferable. When I shoot with the camera at ground level, I need to lay down behind it to see trru the VF and to track moving targets properly. Many commercially available blinds are simply not big enough to allow you to lay down in. And often there's no hole at the bottom for you to poke your lens thru. I prefer making a blind on site that accomodates a variety of camera angles and positions.

Nighthound
17th of April 2009 (Fri), 11:02
I agree Tom. Having used(still own) a couple commercial models(Chair & Outhouse) I prefer the simple fabric drape held in place with a tiny bungee and 3 clips. I can adjust my tripod to near ground level or use the fabric to cover me, the camera/lens alone. Cheap too, $25.

artyman
17th of April 2009 (Fri), 14:50
I'd like to know where you got the fabric for $25 :) mine cost me 21

Methodical
17th of April 2009 (Fri), 17:22
I agree Tom. Having used(still own) a couple commercial models(Chair & Outhouse) I prefer the simple fabric drape held in place with a tiny bungee and 3 clips. I can adjust my tripod to near ground level or use the fabric to cover me, the camera/lens alone. Cheap too, $25.


Where do you get your fabric and do you have pics of your DIY blind?

Thanks

Nighthound
17th of April 2009 (Fri), 19:45
This is a portion of a write up I did on photographing Kingfishers. It describes my set up. I apologize for not having a photo but this describes it fairly well:

I picked up a section of camo fabric from Bass Pro Shop for $25(4.5 ft. x 11 ft.). I like the dangling leaf cut out style because it provides peak holes and ventilation when it's warm. I'm only 5 ft. 10" tall so if you're less vertically challenged you may want to look for a longer section of fabric or stitch a pair together.

I drape the fabric at the half way mark of the length across the lens/camera/tripod. Then I use a mini bungee(multi pack-WalMart) to wrap the just behind the lens hood and hook underneath. Next take 3 spring clips and close up the front seam(below lens front). Now you simply climb in the back open seam and you're ready to go.

A final note: the camo also comes in a screen-like fabric as well but I find it to be too see through. I'm sure Cabalas and Walmart would have these products as well.

Methodical
22nd of March 2010 (Mon), 09:15
Well I went Red-head WP hunting yesterday at the Sky Meadows State Park in VA where these birds have a major habitat and they were in abundance there, however, to get better shots I think I will fork over the $ and get the Kwik Camo blind and just setup where I consistently saw the birds hand out. I got luck and one hop in front of me but I want to get more consistent shots. Oh, I also saw and got photos of the Meadowlark for the 1st time. I have the one man chair blind but plan to use it in the backyard. I also ran into a Snipe while tracking another bird...scared the $%#$ out of me. The Kwikcamo fits my persona better as I like to be very mobile.

ajosteve
25th of March 2010 (Thu), 10:47
When it's cold out I use this one, it has a chair fixed to the blind and folds out quickly. Paid about $70. I also use camo cloth when the weather is warmer and sit in a chair and drape it over me. You can see the perch I set up near the waterhole, it's blurred in this shot, and my favorite model on the perch in the second shot.:D

Methodical
26th of March 2010 (Fri), 15:43
That's the chair blind I have and I just received my Kwik Camo blind. Can't wait to give it a go.

Are you in your backyard or out in the woods somewhere?^^^^^

ajosteve
26th of March 2010 (Fri), 23:16
That's the chair blind I have and I just received my Kwik Camo blind. Can't wait to give it a go.

Are you in your backyard or out in the woods somewhere?^^^^^
I'm out in the woods maybe 15 miles from my house. I don't feed these birds, they are just drawn to the water. It's a great place to shoot.:D

Evan
29th of March 2010 (Mon), 20:02
Theres always the option of making one.
http://naturephotography.fredhurteau.com/CamoNetBlindFrames.htm

-BB

ajosteve
30th of March 2010 (Tue), 10:38
Theres always the option of making one.
http://naturephotography.fredhurteau.com/backpackcase.htm

-BB
That would be real tough to get into even though I'm a small person...:D:D:D

Evan
30th of March 2010 (Tue), 18:58
That would be real tough to get into even though I'm a small person...:D:D:D

I apologize about that the link I ment to post is here....http://naturephotography.fredhurteau.com/CamoNetBlindFrames.htm