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Camouflage used while taking bird photos?

 
redfordl
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Apr 24, 2012 15:16 |  #1

what coverings are we using(whole body plus tripod) to comouflage ourselves so we can get closer to the birds.I"m talking about a cloth drape,poncho type cover and links to co"s that sell them. Thanks!!




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Apr 24, 2012 15:49 |  #2

Bass Pro Shoppe sells camo cloth and screening that can be used to drape your camera and tripod for a vey portable blind. My article(link below) at WildlifeSouth describes how I attach mine. You can lower the tripod and take along a scissor-fold style chair if you'd like to sit under the camo.

http://www.wildlifesou​th.com ...11/Belted_Kingfishe​r.htmlexternal link


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Apr 24, 2012 15:58 |  #3

I use this http://www.amazon.com ...003RXL72M/ref=pd_si​m_sg_2external link


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Apr 24, 2012 19:22 as a reply to cfcRebel's post |  #4

after I ready steve's article i thought about buying some camo netting I could sit under in my backyard. at $13 I will order that one from Amazon tonight.


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Apr 25, 2012 15:06 |  #5

Nighthound wrote in post #14321280external link
Bass Pro Shoppe sells camo cloth and screening that can be used to drape your camera and tripod for a vey portable blind. My article(link below) at WildlifeSouth describes how I attach mine. You can lower the tripod and take along a scissor-fold style chair if you'd like to sit under the camo.

http://www.wildlifesou​th.com ...11/Belted_Kingfishe​r.htmlexternal link

why not use the mossy oak burlap material instead of the netting> more opaque?




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Apr 25, 2012 15:11 |  #6

redfordl wrote in post #14321027external link
what coverings are we using(whole body plus tripod) to comouflage ourselves so we can get closer to the birds.I"m talking about a cloth drape,poncho type cover and links to co"s that sell them. Thanks!!

i found a nifty rain pancho(camoflauge) on rainpancho.com that comes in large and extra large that should drape over yourself and tripod.(ie the x-ra large size)
What is your opinion of this?




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Apr 25, 2012 15:19 |  #7

Camouflage is ok as long as you don't move - this can get tedious. A true blind conceals movement completely where a throw over will not. The blind can even be white (like my van) and it will work because they can't see your movement.

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Apr 25, 2012 16:33 |  #8

redfordl wrote in post #14327764external link
why not use the mossy oak burlap material instead of the netting> more opaque?

I use the mossy oak burlap with the dangling cut outs with a layer of the netting under that. Together they help with shadows caused by any movement. A drape type blind isn't intended for moving around in and I hardly move at all once inside, aside from slow panning and rotating my head. I've found that disguising the human form, implementing cautious and well-timed and slow movement is in most cases enough to get the job done. The portability and quick set up is what I like most about this type of blind. The fabric with the dangling cut outs helps with ventilation and being able to see what's around you, i.e. other wildlife that might pose a threat. I have on many occasions been 8-10 feet from Belted Kingfishers under a camo drape, they'll see you but they won't see a human.


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Apr 26, 2012 08:00 as a reply to Nighthound's post |  #9

On the cabela sports site they have some nitto blinds used for hunters but can be used for bird photographers etc. one is a teepee shapped blind for 60$ that has good reviews. You will probably have to get some kind of chair to relax while waiting for the birds. Thanks!!




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Apr 28, 2012 00:01 |  #10

I like the idea of a blind, there's probably no better way.

but if I was going to be moving about from place to place I would like a Ghillie Suit. Guess I'm thinking to be out of view of people also.
http://www.ghilliesuit​s.com/paintballghillie​poncho-1.aspxexternal link




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Apr 28, 2012 14:34 |  #11

Hey, Dick's Sporting Goods has the Predator Hunting Blind on sale for 59.99. Thats 40 bucks off regular price. Just picked one up. Its not showing up one their website so here's some info.

Floor area 60x60" Height 66" 2 person, has carry case with backpack straps, Made by Comfort Zone Realtree AP camo in color. 4 zippered windows. Well hope to try it out soon.




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jhayesvw
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Apr 29, 2012 08:57 as a reply to Hardrock40's post |  #12

I bought that camo netting.
I like that its completely portable and setup only requires throwing it over yourself.
You cant drive your van everywhere and sometimes you cant set up a larger blind where you want it. the camo netting should be able to be used anywhere.

even laying on the ground


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Apr 29, 2012 10:22 |  #13

jhayesvw wrote in post #14347514external link
I bought that camo netting.
I like that its completely portable and setup only requires throwing it over yourself.
You cant drive your van everywhere and sometimes you cant set up a larger blind where you want it. the camo netting should be able to be used anywhere.

even laying on the ground


Wise choice if portability is high on the priority list. I have a chair blind and the cloth/netting combo and when it comes to hiking, the cloth/netting is the choice every time. When you cart a large lens, camera and the ground pod like I do, the last thing you need is a backpack with another 12 pounds on your back. Not bad for a half mile or so but for an average of 3 miles or more every pound counts,especially in the warm months.


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May 04, 2012 20:56 as a reply to Nighthound's post |  #14

exactly.
I typically walk 4 or more miles and its HOT here (100+ degrees).
I think this will come in handy and it fits in my backpack!


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May 04, 2012 21:05 |  #15

I use a sniper veil that I picked up for $10. It does a good job and with no framework as a blind would have I can pick up and move very easily.


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