Female Variegated Fairywren (crop)

Malarus lamberti.

Heavily cropped photo as I was shooting from inside out cubbyhouse (which seems to be a reasonable bird hide - just need a longer lens). ;-)

View all photos taken: Sunday, 2nd November 2008, This photo: 12:33pm

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  • HPVD Photos said:
    Wonderful shot David, even heavily cropped the details are still excellent. (maybe shift the cubbyhouse closer.)
  • David de Groot said:
    If it didn't weigh over a tonne, that might be possible ;-)
  • looby88 said:
    I want one of those little portable bird hides for my garden, I dont hide behind my washing this time of year, but they are a silly price ! Its one of the other good things about this lens, its such good quality that photos can be cropped and still stand fairly close scrutiny
  • David de Groot said:
    Would a large cardboard box do ? Or maybe a kiddies play tent? I'm going to hunt around and see if I can find a kiddies tent that's a) big enough to put a chair and tripod in, b) isn't brightly coloured. :)
  • looby88 said:
    LOL !!! I'm not very tall but even so, I'm not sure a cardboard box will do !!! I had wondered about a play tent myself, or even a fishermans tent, but they just cover the back and top. The other alternative of course is a camping toilet tent....... not garish colours and room to sit down....
    ; 0
    I guess the hide things are best, they have flaps for lenses etc !
    just found this one, its relatively cheap (cheep ?) but its not the other one I was thinking of which is double the price !

    some interesting discussions here, I use my car too as a hide, just use a beanbag to prop the lens on the open window edge
    The tube of foam could be fun !!
  • David de Groot said:
    £69 !!! That's about $110, bit much for now, but something to consider in the future for sure.
    I've used a car before, works fairly well for birds out in the open, got my Red-Browed Finch that way.
  • Wes Cooper said:
    Beautiful bird. That hide is perfect! I tried to make my own out of a $5 beach shelter thing from Bunnings and a few metres of camouflage fabric. It kind of worked, but for someone over 6 foot tall it was just too small!
  • David de Groot said:
    Yeah, height is quite possibly the issue here. I've not tried to get in the kiddy-play tent yet, although I think it has potential if I can manage to tone down the colours on it.
  • looby88 said:
    I think you should go for the foam tube option- mentioned in the first link- a young lads recycled rocket, unfortunately at times I have a very vivid imagination, I had a wonderful "video" in my head of yourself stuck in a foam tube, I had various re-runs too, no arms , arms outside tube, sat on a stool, needing the loo, etc etc
    I'm wasted, I should be making comedy films...; p

    you can buy camoflage netting, just drape that over yourself, a few extra twigs and leaves stuck here and there and you are done... here goes the imagination again !
  • David de Groot said:
    ha ha ha, you know, some might say that all I need to do is wear camo clothing as the beard and hair is enough to disguise the face... :P
  • looby88 said:
    Well yes but that wouldnt be that kind..... on the other hand, marvelous idea, perhaps I should buy a fake beard...... oh my !!!