Birds at Penny Hedge

Abi Warner
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 “PennyHedge
in Blairgowrie Perthshire.
This is in the garden of the owners. On arrival we were met by Mark Johnson and Sue Demetriou,
who offered us tea, her delicious Lemon drizzle cake
and an opportunity to use the loo.
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, were so funny, such beautiful
but very 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.

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