We have five pairs of buzzards nesting on the farm, including stunning ‘pale morph’ variants. At its peak last season, up to four buzzards were feeding on the ground together with six red kites swooping and diving in from above. The hide is situated in a remote area of the farm, completely open to the sun all day long. In front of the hide, grassy banks provide the main stage for ground-feeding buzzards and pruned hawthorns provide living perches. Check out the gallery below with a few shots from last season.
At a glance...
|Current Status||Opening autumn 2016||Focal Length*||300mm-600mm|
|Star Attractions||Common Buzzard||Shooting Angles||Faces Due North|
|Supporting Cast||Red Kite, Red Fox||Connectivity||Strong 3G/4G|
|No. of Photogs||Three (exclusive hire available)||Access||Few mins walk across field, uneven ground|
|Habitat||Grass banks, gnarly hawthorn trees||Feeder||Carrion|
|Viewing||Five windows, snoots, scrim nets, shutters||Session Times||Sunrise to Sunset|
|Dimensions (internal)||W = 2.8m, L = 2.8m, H = ~2m||Price (per night)||£150 per person
Exclusive hire available on request
|* Focal Length: We test our setups using full-frame DSLRs and a variety of lenses. Our primary testing lenses are a 400mm f/2.8 and 600mm f/4. If you have a crop-factor DSLR, then multiply your lens' focal length by the crop factor. For example, 300mm x 1.6x crop factor = EQV 480mm|
The hide is on private land (no public access) surrounded by open pasture fields used for grazing livestock. The hide is positioned in the northern point of the hollow facing due North. The rising sun is on your right and the sun sets on the left of the hide. Directly in front of the hide, several grassy banks provide the main stage for our ground-feeding buzzards. On either side there are gnarly hawthorn trees that have been strategically pruned to offer exposed natural perches. The viewing is very clear and the background is a sufficient distance away to avoid distraction. Everything is natural and we do as little ‘manicuring’ of the habitat as possible.
The Buzard Photography Hide
Our PhotoHut™ is a purpose-built, fully weatherproof, insulated timber hide, with three photographer stations and camp beds for the all-nighter. It is possibly the most comfortable hide you will have ever used. Inside the hide, you’ll find supportive and fully-adjustable swivel chairs and a rock-solid shelf spanning the full-width and around the sides. The hide is completely blacked out inside, but there is overhead LEDs that you can use to set-up your gear, before you open the shutter.
For each metre-wide photographer station, you have your own 900mm window and cable-operated shutter. The windows all have canvas snoots for lenses and a scrim net viewing panel – so you can see what’s going on out there. The snoots keep you out of sight, they keep the wind and rain out. Each photographer also has a tripod-head plate with a ⅜ thread, constructed from a machined metal block. They are perfect for mounting a tripod-head and enables you to move the camera position from side to side, while providing a rock-solid platform for your camera and lens – there is plenty of room if you prefer to use a tripod, but we recommend using the plates. Both Elliott and Richard regularly use these with their respective Nikon 600mm f/4 and 400mm f/2.8 lenses.
Buzzard Hide Booking
When the hide is open, the form below will take you through the live availability for all the current hides and workshops. The hide accommodates up to three photographers. You have the option of adding photographers to your own booking. Payment is via a PayPal. You do not require a PayPal account, just a valid debit or credit card. Upon booking, you will receive full joining instructions via email, including the meeting location.