Bird Hides - designs

To: Colin R <>, Greg & Val Clancy <>, "" <>
Subject: Bird Hides - designs
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010 12:24:28 +1100
I guess the designers  feel they have to cater for the shortest people, because 
the taller ones at least have the option of bending down.

I hadn't considered the need for a backing wall before, and I don't know how 
you'd easily test the effectiveness of it.  Have you been able to observe that 
it makes much difference?  I've found that even being able to get behind 
something so only your head is visible to the birds makes a big diference, and 
that a simple slit is even better.

Peter Shute

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Colin R 
> Sent: Monday, 22 March 2010 11:37 AM
> To: Greg & Val Clancy; Peter Shute; 
> Cc: 'Birding-Aus Aus'
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Bird Hides - designs
> It does appear that most hides seem to have been designed and
> built by umpa lumpas. One way to provide a view everone can
> use is to install vertical slits - this does restrict
> sideways movement though. A large 'window' space, backed by a
> sit down bench does help, although the balance betwween
> binocular users and scope users is hard to find. Most
> importantly is backing the viewing space with an internal
> wall as a shilouette would seem to be the most alarming of
> sights. That and covering the access to the hide so
> everything isn't gone when one eventually gets there.....
> Good luck!
> Colin
> On Mon, 22 Mar 2010 10:27 +1100, "Greg & Val Clancy"
> <> wrote:
> > One consideration when constructing a bird hide is to ensure that
> > there are a number of windows at varying heights and ones that are
> > suitable for scopes.  If people can't see well out of a
> hide they will
> > just walk around outside potentially causing disturbance to
> the birds.
> > Remember some birdos are tall.

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