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Old 24th of April 2012 (Tue)   #1
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Default Camouflage used while taking bird photos?

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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Old 24th of April 2012 (Tue)   #2
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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.wildlifesouth.com/Feature...ingfisher.html
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I use this http://www.amazon.com/Mossy-Oak-Nett...ef=pd_sim_sg_2
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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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Old 25th of April 2012 (Wed)   #5
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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.wildlifesouth.com/Feature...ingfisher.html
why not use the mossy oak burlap material instead of the netting> more opaque?
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Old 25th of April 2012 (Wed)   #6
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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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Old 25th of April 2012 (Wed)   #7
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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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Old 25th of April 2012 (Wed)   #8
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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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Old 26th of April 2012 (Thu)   #9
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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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Old 28th of April 2012 (Sat)   #10
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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.ghilliesuits.com/paintbal...eponcho-1.aspx
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Old 28th of April 2012 (Sat)   #11
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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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Old 29th of April 2012 (Sun)   #12
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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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Old 29th of April 2012 (Sun)   #13
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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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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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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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