We have five buzzard pairs nesting on the farm, including stunning pale morph variants. At its peak last season, up to four buzzards were feeding on the ground together, along with red kites swooping in from above. The Buzzard Hide sits in the remotest area of the farm, in an exposed location, completely open to the sun from dawn to dusk.
In front of the hide, two raised perches and feeding platforms are the main stage. Grassy banks provide an alternative stage for ground-feeding buzzards. Pruned hawthorn trees also provide living perches to the sides. Check out the gallery below with a few shots from last season.
Main Subject: Buzzards, Red Kite
Other Subjects Present: Fox, Rabbit
Season: October to April
Time: Sunrise to Sunset
Capacity: Three Photographers
EQV Focal Length*: 400-600mm
Photo Opps: Portraits, flying, landing
Habitat: Grass banks, gnarly hawthorn
Position: Faces Due North
Viewing: Five windows, snoots, shutters
Accessibility: Some uneven ground
Type of Hide: PhotoHut™
*Focal Length: All ProHide sites are designed using full-frame DSLRs and a variety of lenses. The 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 lens x 1.6x crop factor = EQV 480mm
My 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 with 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 and protect you and your gear from the elements.
Each photographer also has a heavy tripod-head plate with a standard ⅜ thread, constructed from machined aluminium. They are perfect for mounting a tripod-head and (unlike a clamp of fixed bolt) enable you to freely 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 I recommend using the plates. I regularly use these plates with my 600mm f/4 and smaller lenses like the 70-200mm f/2.8.
Location & Scene
The hide is on private land (no public access) surrounded by open pasture used for grazing livestock. The hide lies in a hollow, facing due North. The sun rises on the right and sets on the left of the hide (behind and to the left in mid-winter).
Directly in front of the hide, several grass banks provide the main stage for the ground-feeding buzzards. There are two raised platforms with high perches to resemble tree branches. On either side and slightly further away, 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 good distance away to avoid any distraction.
Buzzard Hide Booking
When open, the form below will take you through the live availability, booking and payment. Payment can be made directly with a valid payment card using our new Stripe gateway, or via PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account, just a valid debit or credit card. Simply select “Checkout as Guest”.
Upon booking, you will immediately receive a booking confirmation email – please contact me ASAP if you do not receive this. Shortly before your booking date, you will also receive full joining instructions via email, including the meeting place.
Please do contact me as soon as possible if you are unable to make your booking. I can arrange to either reschedule, offer vouchers so that you can rebook when at your convenience, or refund your payment. Unfortunately, I cannot accept cancellations within 14 days of your booking, as it will be extremely difficult to fill at short notice. Cancellations within 14 days are non-refundable. For more information, please view the ProHides Terms & Conditions.