Bird hides

To: jilldening <>, birding-aus <>
Subject: Bird hides
From: Paul Foxworthy <>
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2001 14:07:55 +1000
At 12:24 PM 29/08/2001 +1000, jilldening wrote:

I am currently helping to design a couple of bird hides for the artificial
wader roost we are building on Bribie Island, SEQld.

I have BOCA Report No 8: Bird-hides and Boardwalks, which is really helpful
to prompt my memory of what I regard as important in such a hide.

I would appreciate from members any helpful comments they might wish to make
along the lines of how it is best for the birds, what you especially
appreciate in a bird hide, or what irritates you. For instance, I always
find it irritating that the scope sits back from the viewing hole, because
of the space required by the tripod, and so a sloping viewing wall might
overcome that.

I am not seeking to start up a major controversy, but comments would be
helpful if you think of something useful. I think it might also be
interesting for list members, because surely there will be others in the
same position as me at some time or other.

The best bird hide I have seen is in Serendip Sanctuary in Lara, just to the north of Geelong in Victoria.

It's bigger than most I've seen, enough for a busload of schoolkids to move around comfortable and get a good look. It has large windows so you don't have to bend down or stretch to a particular level. The glass is tilted downward, so that would compromise on tripod room. I assume that reduces the visibility for the birds outside.

Serendip is on the web at Perhaps a ranger or somebody in the Friends group can put you in touch with the people who designed it?


Paul Foxworthy

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