When I first started photographing wildlife, I decided for a number of reasons, cost being the main one, that I wasn't going to use paid hides and it is only in the last couple of years that I decided to try a couple and see.
I have been pleasantly surprised by what I have found. The hide I am writing about in this post is "Penny Hedge" in Blairgowrie Perthshire.
The Hide is built in the garden of the owners.
We were then taken up to the hide-less than 25 metres from the house.
The hide is large with plenty of space to store your camera gear and has a heater for use in the winter.
There are three large opening windows, with a tripod head mount in front of each and lots of different perches and a very natural background for the wildlife to land on.
Once I put my cameras up it was non-stop.
Red Squirrels, Jays, Woodpeckers were in and out non-stop, as well as the little birds.
The Siskin's, were so funny, such beautiful but very aggressive and territorial little birds.
When they were feeding, if any other birds came close they chased them away which gave me lots of great opportunities for flight shots as you can see.
I was so impressed I have been back many times, at different times of year, and more than once to photograph the Pine Marten, which I will do a separate blog post about.