In my DIY Floating Blind, photographing birds. What you need to know when using a Floating Blind

Using my DIY Floating Blind (Hide) to photograph birds has become one of my favorite methods of wildlife photography. It’s a fantastic way to get close to the animals without disturbing their activities or affecting their behavior. You may wonder; Where do you use your floating blind for bird photography? How do you get close to the birds and other wildlife? In this video, I’ll review these and other questions regarding the blind.

A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with Kirby from the Photographing the West podcast. In our conversation, I go more in depth into these questions and the overall subject. Kirby has a wonderful podcast, go check it out if you haven’t already:

In this week’s adventure, I was able to photograph so many different species of birds in a brand new location to me. I had a great time with some Goldeneyed Ducks, American Wigeons, Green-Winged Teals, Gadwalls and so many other great birds. I hope you enjoy the video. As always, please let me know if you have any questions or feedback. Have a wonderful week and be safe out there!

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  1. Loved the harrier pun! What gloves are those? I checked the gear section of your site but didn't see them listed. Also, do you throw hand warmers in your gloves/boots to keep them warm in those temperatures?

  2. In California I need a floating hide like I need a 30 round standard capacity magazine. But you can’t really use either, if I went to our local watering holes…I’d be arrested or at least have the cops called. Almost all of our best birding spots around me are protected wildlife areas and we have strict Fish and Wildlife law enforcement and laws. Buying one of these would be like buying an airplane without a pilots license. Cool, but can’t use it.

  3. Great video and images again Jimmy. Have you considered getting a dry suit instead of the waders. That would help to alleviate the danger of hitting a deep spot and water going over the top of the waders. Also you could get a divers thermal all in one to put on under the dry suit to help with the cold.
    I can see that finding the right place for me to be able to use such a blind would be difficult. With my dodgy knees and general lack of flexibility I would need to be in a pretty specific depth of water.
    Anyways, great viewing.
    Wishing you well.

  4. Another stellar video, I was wondering at the beginning how you would get out of the water, then the ending. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣. did you use one camera for both video and stills? Keep them coming .

  5. Question: how do you find making YouTube videos in the field? Does it affect your experience of nature? Do you ever miss shots? How do you find editing your videos and your shots? If there is any negative impact to your experience, how do you mitigate that? Again, another great video Jimmy!

  6. At last someone giving out serious advice, well done. I work as a ranger and I am a photographer as well so get to see both sides. Unfortunately my experience is that a lot of wildlife photographers do not do their research and do not follow the local rules, at least in wales where i am from. Thank you for an excellent and well crafted video with lovely images and thank you for pointing out the practicalities of getting your shots.

  7. Simply beautiful my friend! thanks for these informations! yes it is a lot of preparation! I have the same hat as you 🤪 I hope it makes the difference with the covered head! your video made my day 🎥 up here I can't wait to see the ice on the ponds disappear! what do you put under your boots to insulate yourself? Merci beaucoup!

  8. A really enjoyable video Jimmy. I could almost feel your chill and certainly could hear it in your voice! The low perspective, snow covered landscape and that diffuse light really make the birds stand out. Excellent photography, well done! I would really like to make my own floating blind so wonder if it is possible for you to post the design of yours, to include the choice of materials, size and the anchor base for your gear. Finally at 18.26 you have a lovely image of a male scaup!

  9. Gorgeous images and video. I know this may be a pain for addItional video editing but would love to see the names of the birds as they’re shown (from an Australian bird photographer not familiar with these species)

  10. Thanks for the nice video and the tipps & tricks, appreciate it a lot! Can't wait to try using a floating blind one day, this just looks like soooo much fun!
    Seems like you have to add another piece of advice there… find a good spot to get out again! 😉 XD
    Cheers L

  11. Wonderful video and pictures, thank you for your hard work it is very interesting and very much appreciated. I enjoyed seeing the beautiful ducks and birds up close. How much I would love to be there myself. Again thank you for making and sharing these videos.

  12. As usual another great educational video Jimmy, you are becoming one of the better wildlife educators on YouTube. I didn't miss your last weeks video, it was also very well done but because I am a Nikon shooter there wasn't much there for me but I forwarded your video to one of my buddies that shoots Canon. He has also become a subscriber. Have a great week and thanks for all your efforts to help all of us!!

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