Location, Location, Location – David Plummer’s Kingfisher Hide

Location, Location, Location – David Plummer’s Kingfisher Hide by Peter Hanscomb David Plummer, a professional wildlife photographer and conservationist based in south east England offers a range of different photographic days both in the UK and overseas and has exclusive access to a variety of hides. With opportunities  to photograph  Tawny Owls , Woodpeckers , Buzzards […]

Location, Location, Location – David Plummer’s Kingfisher Hide

by Peter Hanscomb

David Plummer, a professional wildlife photographer and conservationist based in south east England offers a range of different photographic days both in the UK and overseas and has exclusive access to a variety of hides. With opportunities  to photograph  Tawny Owls , Woodpeckers , Buzzards , Badgers the list goes on and on . ( for full details click here ) David offers options which include hide hire by the day or one to one tuition . Myself and Graham decided to hire David’s Kingfisher hide located deep in the countryside just south of Horsham , West Sussex.

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© Graham Stewart

The  hide is a good two hours plus drive from our base in Wiltshire so we decided to stay in a local B & B the night before ( more details later ) so after a hearty breakfast we drove the short distance to meet David. After a brief introduction and equipment check , David drove us to the hide located about 1/4 mile away. My first tip would be  think about the gear you need  or more importantly the gear you don’t need , the hide option we chose is unsupervised so we could finish when we wanted , but there is a 1/4 mile walk back to the car ! After a proper introduction at the hide , David passed on a few tips and information about the Kingfisher and once we we were settled in and happy he left us to enjoy are day.

The hide

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The hide itself is located on the edge of a small lake , surrounded by woodland and in a wonderfully peaceful location. The pop up tent style hide was surprisingly spacious inside , plenty of room for both myself and Graham and all our gear. Second tip , toilet facilities are back at the car park ! Two fold out chairs are provided in the hide, and you get really close to the action happening less than 2  – 3 metres away. As with any activity in remote locations, it’s advisable to wear decent boots , the walk in and out is via a track through a wooded bank.

 

 

 

 

Once settled in we had a lengthy wait for the Kingfisher to show up , definitely you need patience but the end result is worth the wait. Several Kingfishers arrived , fish were caught and consumed and all the required shots taken. The Kingfisher really is a magical little bird and this hide set up is a great way to get close , watch , learn and photograph this bird. A decent tripod is a must together with a 300 – 500mm lens and  we both used variations of Sigma’s 150/500 on the day.  We decided to call it a day around 4pm after 6 hours in the hide. We simply packed all our gear , zipped up the hide door and walked back to the car.

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Summary

The hide is in a great location and  David is a fantastic host . You get up close and personal with the Kingfisher with the opportunity to get some great shots .The hide cost us £ 250.00 to hire for the day , value for money ? absolutely. We both had a great day  Photographing a fascinating subject.

Accomodation

We decided to stay the night before in near by Dial Post at the Crown Inn, a free house owned and run by Penny and James Middleton Burn. The room we stayed in was a little basic , however it was en-suite with tea and coffee and bottled water provided. At £45.00 for a twin room you can’t really argue with the value for money and the room was spotless. If the room was basic , the pub itself is not. A warm welcome from the friendly staff , a good choice of beer and a fantastic evening meal which was only surpassed by the stunning breakfast. They even made us a packed lunch for the following day. I would have no problem at all recommending this cracking village pub / B&B.

Links

David Plummer         www.davidplummerimages.co.uk

The Crown Inn           www.crown-inn-dialpost.co.uk

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