Bird Hide Photography

with Brydon Thomason

All my life I have been inspired by the natural environment I have grown up in here on Shetland. There are some of Shetland’s most iconic and evocative speciality species however that have really tantalised me and especially even more so over recent years, from a photographic perspective. With some of these species, along with their iconic status, comes a real challenge to photographers, whether it is through protection and licensing and or shy and elusive behaviour and this is why I started to make it happen for myself by innovating sites and developing my own hides (view blog post about the work behind the scenes).

I have innovated, designed and developed a range of hides which I have built myself to work on several of our iconic species. By doing this, I have created a niche here in Shetland and by doing so offer unique and specialist opportunities for photographers seeking a higher level of photo assignment.

Species available to work on from these hides

I have innovated a few sites for some sought after species after having monitored suitability, tolerance and logistics. These are always popular on the wish lists of visiting photographers. Each of these hides are available for rental and can be suitable for more than one photographer (except for the Ravens on the nest, which is for one only).

Long-tailed Duck – Bird Hide Photography

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Raven – Bird Hide Photography

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Arctic Skua – Bird Hide Photography

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Working under license on species protected by law

I consider myself extremely fortunate to have access to and experience of such fascinating species as Red-throated diver and Merlin, which are protected by law and can only be photographed under a schedule 1 license. Furthermore I consider it a privilege to be trusted with licenses (which I have been working under for several years now) by Scottish Natural Heritage as a naturalist and photographer with an understanding and respect for wildlife that ensures I work responsibly.

When I first set out to work on these very special assignments I sought advice from various sources of expertise from field ornithologists, conservation organisations and nature photographers and local land owners. It was imperative for me to build on the knowledge I had from those who knew the birds best. A ‘trial and error’ approach was not an option.

I have several years of experience now working with hides under these licenses over which time my confidence in (and understanding of) their behaviour has expanded and in turn so too has the trust from relevant authorities. Through this I am now very proud to be able to offer the very unique, specialist and exhilarating opportunity for photographers to work on them. To my knowledge, when my license was granted in 2013 to have guests under my supervision work on assignment, there was no other company authorised to offer such an assignment.

Please note – These licensed bird-hide/species assignments are one a strictly supervised and exclusively ‘one-to-one’ basis only.

Red-throated-Diver – Bird Hide Photography

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Merlin – Bird Hide Photography

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