I have worked with Alan several times, including shooting the launch campaign for the Canon 1DX2 camera and the Park cameras winners weekend. He is professional, friendly, always delivers and genuinely cares that his clients get what they need, nothing is to much trouble for him. His business is located in a beautiful part of the world with great hotels and close to many nature reserves making it a great place to spend a few days with your camera. You can see Andy’s Work at www.andyrouse.co.uk
Thank you for a brilliant weekend at your hides, it was an absolute pleasure to meet you. I train people in how to deliver word class customer service and that is what you delivered this weekend. Your approachable, friendly attitude couple with your flexibility and professionalism was outstanding. It felt like we had known each other for years. Most importantly the genuine care you had for the animals you help us to observe through your hides and the passion you have for conservation shone through. Thank you, I will be back again without question.
I have known Alan for a number of years and first started with his Sparrowhawk hide. Since then I have used some of the other hides with more visits planned. Alan has put in a tremendous amount of work to establish his hides and set them up so that they are reliable and offer a very good chance to photograph the subjects. He has an in depth knowledge of his subjects and, as an accomplished photographer himself, he is able to organise the hides so that the photographic opportunities are superb. Some of these hides offer unique photographic experiences which are not available anywhere else in the UK. He is continually working to establish new hides with new subjects and some of these projects sound very exciting. I would not hesitate to recommend Alan’s hides and look forward to having more sessions myself.
Few gifted individuals have an almost instinctive affinity with the Natural World which the rest of us struggle to attain. Alan is one of the chosen few and he has used his extensive knowledge & enthusiasm to establish a fantastic series of hides which allow others to share in these close encounters with nature.
I have known Alan for many years and one thing that I can say about him is that everything he does he puts his heart and soul into it. His wildlife photography hides are the best you’ll find. It is the attention to the smallest detail that make these hides stand out from the rest, his perches, hide design and attention to the light to name a few. Many iconic species that many people only dream about seeing can be photographed at close quarters. Remember these are all wild birds and animals that are not controlled in any way by a handler. His field craft skills are something that many wildlife photographers today just do not have or perhaps do not have the time to learn. His hides will allow you to photograph Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Cuckoo, Buzzard, Red squirrel, but to name a few which will allow you to obtain that perfect portrait to hang on your wall. Scotland does not start north of Glasgow, based in Dumfries and Galloway in the south-west of Scotland makes his hides very central and accessible to most of you.
I have used Alan’s photography hides on a number of occasions and have always had success. His professional approach and superior field craft skills have shone through giving his customers a superior experienceI can recommend his service to all.
If it is dull, heavy rain or windy can I cancel and book another date?
Only in severe weather conditions which may be deemed dangerous will a day be cancelled and Scottish Photography hides will make judgement on this. If Scottish Photography Hides advises a cancelation then an alternative date can be chosen by the client. Please be aware that the subjects will still come in in poor weather conditions.
Will I get an alternative date or a refund if I cannot make my booked day for some reason?
Unless cancelations are made at least 30 days before the booked date then no refunds or alternative dates will be given for any reason.
Does Scottish Photography Hides provide transport to and from the hides?
No, all clients need to find their own transport to and from the hides.
Can I use more than one camera?
Only if you have the hide to yourself or your party has exclusive use on the day.
Can I do a combination between 2 hides in one day?
Scottish Photography Hides offer combinations days where the Cuckoo has been booked which runs from late April to early June. The only time outside the Cuckoo season that combinations can be offered is when subjects that only take several hours to do are booked. These include Water Rail, Tawny Owl, Pied Flycatcher and Adders and these can be combined with each other or the Kingfisher and Sparrowhawk for example.
Can I bring someone along that is not taking photos and if so is there an extra charge?
If the hide is not fully booked and adequate space left yes you can and there will no extra charge. However if a paying client books before your day then Scottish Photography Hides will give priority to the paying client and it may be then possible that the non photographer may not get in the hide. Scottish Photography hides can only secure a non photographers place in advance for a 50% fee of the particular hides normal price.
Can I change the set up, perches etc. throughout the day?
Only at the Kingfisher hide and this must be done several minutes after the bird has left and not after every visit. It is key disturbance at all the hides must be kept to a minimum. This is mainly for the wildlife benefit, but it also offers the photographer a far greater chance of a successful day. All the other hides props must not be changed or tampered with in any way and this includes using nails or screws. Please respect the sites and leave them as you found them.
What time can I leave the hide?
You can finish at any time you wish.
Can I bring my own bait for the Sparrowhawk or Buzzard?
No, only food supplied by Scottish Photography Hides may be used.
Can I try lure birds in with callers of any description?
No, any one found to be using callers will not be welcome back to Scottish Photography Hides.
Can I start my hide day later than the stated time?
On weekdays the day must start at either 700am or 730am due to my work commitments and Scottish Photography hides will inform you on booking of the start time. However I can be flexible with start times at weekends.
I would like to phone to discuss something about the hides is this possible?
Unfortunately all correspondence is now done through email, Facebook, Twitter or Flikr messaging. I have made this decision as I need some time out in the evenings. Previously after a long day I came home to constant phone calls so I am sure you will understand my reasons for this change. My Facebook page is Scottish photography hides, email is firstname.lastname@example.org, Flikr Fudgey2010 and my twitter is AlanMcFadyen. If you have a question regarding one of the hides please take the time to read the itinerary here on the website first to see if the answer to your questions are already there. This information can be found under “hide days.”
What happens if my chosen subject does not show up?
When dealing with wildlife there can be no assurances I am afraid and there will inevitably be no shows at times and if this happens Scottish Photography hides will not offer refunds or free days . However my hides very rarely fail to produce and I have built my reputation on this and I will continue to do my best to keep up my high hit rate.
Can I reserve a place with out paying anything at the start?
No, only once a deposit is made is the place secure. If you are in the middle of enquiring about specific dates and someone comes in and pays a deposit your considered date will be no longer available.
Will I definitely get photographs of my intended subject?
Unfortunately it is impossible to predict nature and there will be times a no show takes place. Here at Scottish Photography hides we pride ourselves in having an extremely high success rate when it comes to getting our subjects in the frame. I honestly doubt any other UK hide rental operators will have higher success rate. However it does and can happen and if this is the case no refunds or free days are offered.
Scottish Photography hides does its best to give advance notice if the subject is not been visiting well and in this instance an alternative date can be chosen. It is worth adding if you turn up on the day and for an unexpected reason Scottish photography hides feels the hide will not produce we will do our best to offer an alternative hide on that day. For example in 2015 a client turned up 30 minutes after the Sparrowhawk had predated the Kingfisher. Obviously such events are very rare.
Can I book a half day?
Half days can be booked, but full price must be paid as it takes up a place for the whole day.
If multiple days are books Scottish photography hides have the right to swap them around (i.e day 1 hawk, day 2 KF can be switched), we reserve the right to do so without prior notice.
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