Birdwatching hide “El Oso”
This hide stands in the countryside of the village El Oso, in the Spanish province of Avila. It overlooks a pond all year round. The background is far away enough to photograph the subjects on their own at the forefront, and their natural perches stand at different distances affording various framing opportunities.
The species that visit this birding site change throughout the year, but the most likely to make an appearance include kestrels, stone-curlews, Kentish plovers, jackdaws, greylag geese, lapwings, sandpipers and common greenshanks.
The hide measures 7 m by 2.5 m and is 2.3 m tall. It is equipped with large one-way glass windows at the front at varying heights, ensuring that the animals display their natural behaviour whilst photographers stay hidden and comfortable.
The hide has room for 4 photographers or 8 birdwatchers, making it perfect for group sessions.
SPECIES SEEN FROM THE HIDE
Common kestrel, lapwing, stone-curlew, western jackdaw, woodpigeon, mallard, greylag goose, common sandpiper, green sandpiper, ringed plover, white stork, common raven, carrion crow, etc.
To ensure a successful hide session and avoid disturbing local wildlife, there are a series of rules that must be followed to make the most of your experience.
We are dealing with wild species and it is important not to disturb them.
You can only enter and leave the hide in the presence of your guide. Never step out without their express permission.
Do not get too close to the glass and never tap or bang it to attract the animals’ attention or make them move.
Try to wear dark, plain clothes. Light or colourful clothing may be seen through the glass and could frighten the animals.
Keep your phone silent and use it as little as possible in the hide.
It is forbidden to smoke inside the hide. You may eat and drink inside, but try to make as little noise as possible.