HIDE NOW OPEN! While the little owls are in residence, the hide will be open all day, every day, dawn to dusk, 7-days a week for £150 daily fee. Flexible start and finish times to suit you. Read client testimonials
Our little owls are in a characterful derelict Farmhouse, located on a private farm track (no public access) at the foot of The Downs. The little owls regularly perch in the photogenic window (opposite the hide), bathed in golden light on a clear sunrise. In front of the hide, several photogenic perches have been installed, including old fence posts and a gate. We’ve salvaged the old timbers from the nearby derelict barns for a more authentic feel and in keeping with the farming environment. These are all positioned for the best background and light. Click here for Elliott’s Little Owl photo tips and advice.
At a glance...
|Current Status||NOW OPEN!||Star Attraction||Little Owl | Red List click for RSPB info|
|EQV Focal Length*||Setup for 400-600mm (300mm lens with 1.4x converter or crop-factor camera)||Photo Opportunities||Close-up portraits, feeding and landing on variety of authentic old perches|
|Habitat||Derelict farmhouse exterior||Shooting Angles||Faces 320° North-West|
|No. of Photogs||1 Photographer||Season||May to August|
|Connectivity||Intermittent 3G/4G||Feeder||Mealworm feeders|
|Viewing||1400 x 500mm window, cord & pulley shutter, blackout curtains, scrim net||Access||Flat ground, steps into hide|
|* 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 Little Owl Hide
Our hide, the PhotoHut Mini™, is possibly the most comfortable hide you will have ever used. It is a 1.5m³ timber hide, built to the same exacting standards as its bigger brother – fully lined, insulated, shutters, scrim netting, blackout curtains, very comfy height-adjustable swivel chair, rock-solid shelf for our tripod head plates or beanbags – room for a tripod if you prefer (but I recommend using the shelf). There are two tripod-head plates, 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 tripod head. These are in the hide at all times along with a spare gimbal head, should you forget your own – requires Arca-Swiss style plates. The PhotoHut Mini™ has been installed onto a 500mm high timber platform (steps are always there) so you can shoot at a reduced angle to the window. The added benefit of the platform is that you’re shooting at a slight downward angle for the added perches so the backgrounds are especially clean when shooting at f/4 – f/5.6.
If you would like to set-up a remote camera, you can now add this option during booking (See below). You must be practiced and able to setup your equipment quickly – if in doubt leave it at home. You will need: a low-angle camera support, such as a low-working tripod, GorillaPod or beanbag; Preferably a radio remote shutter release. IR is ok, but not as reliable and it is too far for a wired shutter release; For best results, a wide-angle lens in the 14-20mm range. You will also need the necessary connection cables and charged batteries.
Before we reach the farmhouse, you will have an opportunity to make sure it is all working and mount your camera on the support. However, we would greatly appreciate it if you could setup and test your remotes before arrival. Once tested, you’ll be shown the designated area for remote cameras. Once set, you’ll be settled in the hide, but please do not leave again to make any adjustments. Again, if in any doubt, leave the remote at home. This is for advanced users only as we cannot linger in view of the little owls.
Little Owl Photography Hide Booking
The form below will take you through the live availability, booking and payment. We also have several optional extras which are explained below. 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. Click here for an example. We have also put together a comprehensive guide to photographing the Little Owls at the hide which we highly recommend reading before your session.
- NEW! Royal Oak B&B package: Our latest service upgrade means that we can now offer a full package: hide day, meals and overnight accommodation. You won’t have to worry about a thing. Transferred literally door to door with food and overnight stay all taken care of. The price of this bundle is £250.
- NEW! Royal Oak Lunch: Not everybody can sit in a hide for 14+ hours straight. So, we are now offering a new service where we collect you from the hide and take you the Helen Browning’s Royal Oak for a sumptuous lunch. We will then collect you and return you to the hide. The price (£70) includes a meal for one plus drink, and covers my time and fuel.
- +1 Photographer: We are now offering additional capacity, so you have the option of adding a second photographer (£100) or non-photographer (£50) to your booking.