Dean Mason’s wildlife hide

On the 9th March my friend Pat and myself went to Dean Mason’s hide near Wareham for the morning.

Dean has built a hide which includes a reflective pool and encourages birds to visit to allow photographers to take pictures, link here to Dean’s website Windows on Wildlife Hides. Dean won the BBC Countryfile Calendar competition for 2017, a lovely picture of a Water Vole.

The hide was very comfortable and Dean supplied us with tea all morning. We were lucky with the weather as this spring has been very unpredictable and the days before and after were not very special. We had a mixture of sun and cloud, a little contrasty at times but you had to take it as it was.

Dean made sure the feeders were topped up and we didn’t have many quiet times, we were taking photos most of the time and there were a good selection of different birds. A conveniently placed spade handle was handy for a perch and for photos.

Greater Spotted woodpecker.
Greater Spotted woodpecker.
Greater Spotted woodpecker peeping through the handle.
Greater Spotted woodpecker peeping through the handle!
Nuthatch
Nuthatch
Blue Tit framed
Blue Tit framed

The reflective pool attracted plenty of birds there was a little breeze at times but it did go really clear some of the time so we got a chance to take plenty of pictures.

Siskin
Siskin
Siskin reflected
Siskin reflected
Robin
Robin
Nuthatch reflected
Nuthatch reflected
Great Tit
Great Tit
Great Tit
Great Tit
Goldfinch
Goldfinch
Coal Tit
Coal Tit

The Blue Tits seemed to be the stars for me I managed to get plenty of interesting images as they flew in and out.

Blue Tit
Blue Tit
Blue Tit coming into land
Blue Tit coming into land
Blue Tit reflection
Blue Tit reflection
Blue Tit landing
Blue Tit landing
Blue Tit taking off
Blue Tit taking off
Coal Tit left Great Tit right
Coal Tit left Great Tit right

We had a lovely morning I would recommend the hide for anyone who wants to take pictures of wild birds or practice their technique. Dean made sure we were comfortable and did everything he could to bring the wild birds to the feeding stations.

2 thoughts on “Dean Mason’s wildlife hide

  • May 7, 2017 at 8:18 am
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    beautiful images as usual Marilyn. Love the Woodpecker on the spade and of course all the wonderful variety of birds. Always loving your photo and looking forward to enjoying many more. Enjoy your walks with Tilly! X

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    • May 7, 2017 at 7:29 pm
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      Thank you Val. xx

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