Bird hides

To: jilldening <>, birding-aus <>
Subject: Bird hides
From: Michael Todd <>
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2001 18:56:50 +1000
Hello Jill,

I'm sure you are fully aware of this so I'm probably wasting your time but anyway........

What annoys me most about many bird hides that I've seen is that they might be perfectly adequate once you are inside them but on getting there you have flushed most of the birdlife over to the other side of the wetland!

Too often no-one seems to have taken into account that you need to be visually removed from the birds on the way to the hide. The one at Gum Swamp near Forbes is a classic example of a terribly designed hide. I suspect that half the time they are designed and built by non-birdwatchers for birdwatchers.

I feel much better now.....

By the way I've been told that sometimes my return email address of isn't working for some people. I've no idea what the reason is but just in case someone is desperately trying to contact me for some reason (I don't know why) the following addresses should work for all-


Mick Todd
Griffith, NSW

At 12:24 PM 29/08/01 +1000, jilldening wrote:
Hi All,

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.


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