Last Friday I ordered a light weight bag hide in hardwood green. I was amazed to have it delivered the following day. What great Service!
The product is exactly as advertised and I look forward to getting out and giving it plenty of use.
I post some of my photos on Flickr under "trevor ridgers" if you feel so inclined do have a look.
It was a pleasure to make deals again with your Company, good prices, good quality and a nice policy of satisfaction guaranteed.
|Subject: great service
Just wanted to say brilliant service, ordered at 09:40 on the 6th March 2017
- delivered 09:40 on the 7th March 2017
Fantastic well done
|Subject: High Praise
I've just received my custom made Zoom sleeve (different size and
material) only two days after ordering, which includes the delivery
from Devon to the Highlands of Scotland. It works perfectly for my
different requirement of a built-in, slide out lens hood.
I have just returned from a tiger photography trip to Bandhavgarh in central India. This was my second trip here, following my first about 4 years ago. On that first trip the dust was so bad that I had to send both my camera body and long lens (Canon 100-400) away for cleaning - not a cheap job - after some buttons stopped working, and dust had entered the camera via the zoom/pump effect.
For this trip I had the following WWS protection for my Canon 7DMkII with battery Grip and a Sigma 150-600 Sport. I had the C80.2.7R and the appropriate C81 Lens Cap. The lens has always had the neoprene C61.41 cover attached, and this stayed on. As a bit of added protection to the lens I added the C62 to cover the zoomed out section of the lens.
At the end of the trip I stripped all the covers and neoprene off the lens and dropped them in the sink for a clean. The water turned a deep brown, and
I needed to rinse it all twice. However - neither the lens, nor the body needed any cleaning at all, and I missed less shots than others on the trip who had to fumble around getting cameras out of zipped bags. All I had to do was slip off the lens hood, slacken off the cord at the body end, and I was shooting.
Just to let you know how impressed I am with the quality and fit of the
Realtree® Max C31.38 lens cover set for my new Canon EF 100-400
f4.5-5.6 1 IS USM lens. The fit is simply outstanding.
Thank you also for the additional unlined hood - absolutely no slippage
in use whatsoever.
I recently replaced my original Canon 100-400 lens, which was fitted
with a cover set from another UK manufacturer, for the Canon Mark II
version. However, your cover far surpasses that of the old
especially as it does not have the little windows that cracked
and came undone on the old cover.
And , it is cheaper!
With best wishes
Received the single layer lens cover I'd ordered (I've had a couple off you before in DPM a couple of years ago and they're still in use and as good as the day I got them so I know how good they are) and gotta say I love the pattern (ATP). Looks great (on the 600).
Many thanks and best regards
Subject: Dome Hide
Just a word to say that my newly purchased hide performed superbly on
its first outing. Perfect functionality and top quality - great value
Will recommend to my birding friends.
Birds were fooled too!
Thank you for the speedy delivery of the dome hide. I had a chance to
try it out in the field yesterday and I must say I am very pleased with
it. The large hide is very well designed and made, it has plenty of
room for me and my gear and blends in well with the landscape at the
nature reserve. I spent a cosy few hours in the hide, found it very
practical and easy enough to put up and down.
I will no doubt be
ordering some more items before Christmas, but I wish you all a Happy
Christmas in advance.
Many thanks for your e-mail and comments. I designed the Dome
Hide some years ago for my own wildlife photography and its proved
to be one of our most popular products. I have a couple out at
feeding stations and another I strap to my rucksack when I’m off
to the river bank. I always enjoy spending time in the hide, the
wildlife can be watched and photographed totally undisturbed. You
get real natural behaviour shots. I’ve often had a
kingfisher sitting on the top of my Dome Hide, no chance of a photo but
a fantastic experience to be so close to nature.
Thanks again for the order and I
hope you have an enjoyable Christmas.
Kevin and the team.
I recently purchased a Leafcut scrim throw over net (A2H 3mt x 1.4mt)
which covers myself, camera. tripod and seat from you. Just wanted to
let you know I am very pleased with it and have had good success
photographing wildlife. Many thanks for a great product.
From Steve of South Molton.
I just want to leave you some feedback from my visit I
called to check the availability of a neoprene cover for my Sigma
lens, the advice and help I got from Kevin and the young lady in the
office was fantastic
they really do know there products.
I only work 15 minutes
from the factory and Kevin invited me down to collect my item which was
for me when I arrived along with a very nice warm welcome.
The cover is fantastic
and is a very nice price it is nicely constructed out of very thick
and heavy duty thread with a lovely high quality camouflage print. It
lens like a glove and really makes the lens stand out from the crowd.
This cover is more then
up to the job, it’s solidly built and will protect your very
from any accidental knocks or scrapes you may encounter in the field it
has excellent thermal properties.
I am over the moon with
the service that I received and with your superb product.
I will now be
recommending you to all my friends.
I had a few problems with getting
a neoprene cover set for my lens. Kevin and his team pulled out
all the stops to sort this for me.
I've never had the type of service they offer, they truly have a
passion for what they do.
Many many thanks.
Wildlife Watching Supplies
Re: Neoprene cover set for sigma
150-500 – Code C61.20
Many thanks for the set you
forwarded to my wife, it was an anniversary present and perfect.
I have used WWS for a number
years and the quality of their service has always been of a very high
standard. They recently made a neoprene cover for a camera and lens and
a draw string bag for a monopod and the quality was exceptional.
Hugh Clark FRPS
Fold out chair
Thank you for the great service. Quality product and fast delivery.
Just wanted to say that we
received our 3 hides today and are absolutely delighted with them! Also
a huge thank you for the extra material and scrim you included free of
charge we are very grateful. We will be thinking of you when looking at
all the beasties
safely hidden away in your hides!
From everyone in Crossing the
Line Productions in Ireland,
Hi Kevin, Mandy and the rest
of the team.
Just to let you know, that
both parcels turned up today, (Thursday), Not bad for shipping to
Oz – less than a week.
The 25 L pack is absolutely
the best thing. It is exactly the right size to hold my lens and
no spare, and not undersized. Goldilocks was right!
Its going to be 40+ here for
a couple of days, so there is no going out to the tinder dry bush for
us, but as soon as we can....
Thanks for the fab service,
and for taking the time to get it right for me. Really appreciate the
Jenkins – Australia
Great service, lens cover arrived Saturday morning. Absolutely
So this mail to thank you for
my protection in neoprene for my Vanguard Tripod in a special order. As
usual, fast shipment, good advice, "target reached" !!..
Thanks to your team too.
Sorry for my bad English.
Have a pleasant day.
you might like to hear of a tale from Exmoor. In October I was
sat in the middle of a large bog high up on Exmoor in one of your thick
bag hides waiting to photograph red deer. Very strangely, I felt
something on my head and when I looked round I saw a merlin flaying
off. It had clearly landed on my head!
I'm a happy Wildlife Watching
Supplies customer since 2011. I'm from Italy and I buy from there for
their professionality, for the quality of their products and for the
great price/quality ratio. I bought bean-bag, tripod leg wraps, camera
& lens cover, lens hood covers and other accessories. I suggest
this shop and I will buy again from there.
Emiliano (Rome, Italy)
Kevin - Brilliant, brilliant
service as usual - ordered 4pm goods arrived 10
am today. That works out to
just eighteen hours before the goods were in my
Many thanks George
Kevin’s reply: We
can’t always promise as fast a turn around as this, but we will
always do our best.
Re: C80 all-in-one triple
layer camera and lens cover. The cover is superb,thank you.very
Dear Kevin and WWS team
Just to congratulate you on
your excellent lightweight bag hide which I bought from you recently.
It's the lightweight and
breathability which is important to me. I've had some great
results in being able to approach skittish fallow deer and red deer,
plus grey squirrels and brown hare since buying your camo bag
hide! A couple of dog walkers were taken completely by surprise
as I emerged from the hide, to their shock! :-) Well done
on a quality product which really gets results out in the
Many thanks for your e-mail
and comments. I designed the Baghide some years ago now for my
own wildlife photography and like you it really helped me get close to
I ordered a number of products recently, including the large dome hide,
and I am impressed with both the quality of the products and the
customer service I received.
Before I ordered you answered all my questions so that I could choose
the correct products for my needs.
I am very impressed by this level
of customer service and will not hesitate to recommend Wildlife
Watching Supplies. I am sure I will return to buy in the future
when I need more equipment.
Thanks and best regards
My custom sized lens hood cover arrived today.
I only placed the order a couple of days ago - very impressive service.
It fits beautifully, and is a testament to your manufacturing skills,
and my measuring ability!
Just to say many thanks for your
quick response to my order for Neoprene tripod leg wraps. I
explained I needed them urgently and I received them the next morning,
your service couldn’t be better. The product is excellent and
therefore highly recommended.
Just ordered a C33L Baghide,
amazed at the speed of delivery, and the item is perfect...light weight
easy to carry in a rucksack and doesn't take up any more space than a
|I ordered the Lightweight Bag
hide,on Sunday, it was here Tuesday morning. Absolutely delighted, very
light, folds up to almost nothing, it will fit in the pocket of my
500mm lens bag.
Construction seems very good indeed, and it is simple to use, all
things considered including delivery - a first class service.
I just thought I would let you know that I have been reading your tips
on photographing Kingfishers. We are not blessed with many in Sussex as
the rivers run through clay and are usually very coloured. I did find
one flying along a narrow ditch near my house and set about trying to
photograph it. I used your large dome hide and after clearing the few
brambles where it could perch, I found a variety of perches and set up
early one morning. I couldn't believe my luck when I heard a faint
"peep" and saw the bird come straight towards me and land on my perch.
The hide is brilliant and I have left it out in high winds and the
shape allows the wind to flow over it. I have photographed Buzzards and
Foxes at close range from the hide without any problem. I have
recommended your products to my photography friends. They are great
value for money. Well done.
Hi Kevin and Mandy, it is Benny
I wanted to say thanks for the
Thanks for all of the effort you
put in by helping me to choose the right equipment for me.
All the best.
Ordered my dome hide yesterday
morning and took delivery this morning at 10.00 o'clock. Excellent 24
hr service by wildlife watching supplies and to interlink for delivery
under the snowy condidtions from devon to the scottish borders. I have
assembled the product and I am really pleased with the easy of assembly
and the quality of the dome hide. I'm sure I will get years of good
service from the hide.
Well done team for your speedy and efficient service!
|Hi Kevin and team!
Just to say, I'm delighted with the quality and durability of
your large dome hide, already standing up to tough January 2013
UK winter conditions and helping me get some v. pleasing great spotted
woodpecker images. The extra internal space, comfortable seat and
window mesh are great features in particular! Well done on
another great product, and British made!
Just a quick note
to comment on the large dome hide. Used it for the first time
today, and very impressed with the quality and the detail in
manufacturing. Designed with the photographer in mind.
I am sure it will give many years of service. Zip upgrade in the
back is great, you said heavy duty, and it is,
Just letting you
know that I received my order. I am very happy with your products, and
I'm really impressed with your level of service and exceptionally quick
turnaround on orders. I won't hesitate to recommend you to all the
birders here in Australia when they comment on my new gear!
Well done Wildlife Watching
Ordered Sunday night (late)
Arrived Tuesday morning.
I placed an order at 20:48 on the
15th Nov got a confirmation that the order had been Dispatched 17th Nov
and received the items 11:00 17th Nov. All I can say is wow that is
fantastic service. It would have taken me longer to drive down to
collect them by hand, and to top it all the covers are fantastic
Just received my order from you - C61.2 Canon 500 f4. Brilliant
quality and service. This is the third article I have ordered
from you and hope to do the same in the future, can recommend 100%
|Just a quick message of thanks, I
have ordered stuff off you twice now and both times it has arrived far
quicker than I expected and the items are superb quality.
Excellent website and products!
I thought I would let you know how I am getting on
with the WWS kit. The C31.1 long and low
hide is fab, letting me get right down low with my subjects. With
my owl photos I used the standard C30 hide.
I am very pleased to
let you know I have secured a highly commended in the British Wildlife
Photographer of the Year awards this year. I can't believe it, but am
very touched to have another success in BWPA!
Today I was hiking in the cheviots, making use of your C33 bag hide. It
obviously works as I quickly had a peregrine falcon circling me,
I hope you are well.
Thank you for the wonderful service, I ordered a bag hide on Sunday
hoping it would be here for the weekend and it arrived Tuesday morning.
Thank you for the excellent service regarding my order, it was
delivered today less than 48 hours after placing it. I will
certainly recommend you to my friends.
I thought I would take a couple of
minutes to let you know how happy i am with your products. Last week I
had delivered a C80.2.5R (camera and lens cover) for my Canon 60D and
100-400L lens, a lens cap, and a neoprene cover set for the same lens
it’s all great quality fits perfectly and the coasters are a nice
touch. I will be telling anyone who asks how good your products are.
I have already been back and ordered (on Saturday) some
tripod leg sleeves and a mount cover I can’t wait to try them out
and I’m trying to talk my wife in to buying me a hide for my
One of my new year’s resolutions was to get a good
picture of a Kingfisher.
Many thanks for supplying me with a
great long & low dome hide. It travels the world with me and I even
use it as a tent to spend the night in. Also the reversible lenscover
does a great job, even in arctic conditions. In
short…you’re my number one supplier of great and durable
Thanks a lot and best wishes from the Netherlands
This was our second order and the
service is fantastic-communication superb and speed of delivery is
first class - I am looking forward to using my beanbag-the lens hood
covers bought previously are so perfect -great quality items-
will definitely be making more purchases in
the near future
Received this order
this morning. Very impressed with the turn around on this as I only
ordered everything late on Friday afternoon, and even more so as the
reversible back pack I ordered was a custom colour combination.
Looking forward to getting out and
field testing everything now.
Dear Wildlife Watching Supplies
Item orderd 1st at 10pm. Item
arrived on 3rd at 10am. A truly first class service.
Really liked the camo cover for my 100-400 lens. First day out I got a
photo of a water rail at Dungeness. Without the cover I bet the white
lens would have spooked it before I got the shot off!
Be looking for a hide next!
All At Wildlife Watching Supplies.
Thank you for the lightweight Bag Hide purchased in Hardwoods Green.
Received it on the Tuesday of this week. Went out with it on the
Wednesday. I managed to photograph a Kingfisher on an open
riverbank with no cover whatsoever, other than the bag Hide.
Many Thanks for an excellent product that is so easy to carry and use.
Wildlife Watching Supplies
your website last week to place my first order with you for camouflage
material. I thoroughly enjoyed browsing your website which is
extremely easy to navigate and placing an order was easy. I was
most impressed with the speed of delivery - goods arrived next day all
nicely packaged. I was so impressed I placed my second order
yesterday which arrived today. Staff were very helpful with a
query that I had, and promptly replied to my email. I would
definitely use your company again. Please pass on my thanks to all
Alison Palmer, Dorset
Kevin A my great stupor, I received my parcel 4 days after my order:
time super court.
Like a child, I have immediately to unpack "my toy" and I assembled
this hides on the lawn of the house and ..... that happiness.
Quality jumps to the eyes, the second window is placed just at
the good height as I wanted it, very with thought summer, even the kit
of repair in the event of tear. Really super material, and
especially a service of quality. Kevin, I am charmed and
very happy to have bought this hides at home. It does not remain
me any more which has to quickly use it in real situation, as soon as
my timetable will allow it quickly to me.,. Thank you Kevin and with
soon because I will order again on your site. Best regards
NB excuse me for my English but I hope you understand: google
thought I would take 5 minutes to send you guys an email regarding my
first order. Firstly I am extremely impressed with the website,
it's so easy to use and very detailed. I managed to order exactly
what I wanted with ease and no problems. My delivery has just
arrived and I'm impressed with all the items. Didn't expect it to
be here today! :-) once I have saved up again I'll be getting one of
am pleased with your products, such as the beanbag with the strap, but
bean bags have become one of my more familiar camera support, as these
are simple (often no need to drag along a tripod) and very good in
allowing low angle photography that I do quite a lot of (although it
gets you normally very dirty) ...,,, I have another large dome hide in
Iceland and Im very happy with it, and so far, it has survived my very
rough handling and various strenuous conditions at home in Iceland.
Sometimes I have actually walked towards animals and birds but staying
inside the hide and they seem to be much less scared of a walking tent
compared to a walking human (and at the same time providing a comedy
act for by-standers). Similarly, I have simply put the hide over me
without the poles, and that seems to break up the lines of my human
form. Further, this Advantage Timber pattern appears to act as a good
camouflage to other animals....and once to myself..last summer I forgot
a beanbag with this pattern on a rocky beach, and despite a
considerable search, I failed to find it again, clearly blending very
well with the rocks and the brown algae on the shore...
the last few years, I have purchased quite a bit of equipment from you
and without a shadow of doubt, it has been a very worthwhile exercise.
The baghides, scrim netting, Lens covers etc are all superbly made and
I have no doubt they have helped me achieve some very good
photographs.Just recently, I purchase a standard hide ( camouflage) and
I used it today for the first time. After reading your tips on
photographing woodland birds, I set up a log ( with spike), drilled x
amount of holes and baited with peanuts. I have attached a pic as a
result...nuf said. I was delighted !.
All the very best Kevin, If I need anything else, I know where to come.
a quick email to thank you for the excellent service in fulfilling my
recent order. Standard dome hide ordered on Sunday delivered before
eleven on Tuesday. As always with yourselves brilliant service and a
first rate product. So straightforward to use I actually erected it and
installed in front of a log feeder in the dark on Tuesday night. On
checking it on Wednesday morning it needed no adjustment at all and was
ready for use. Well done Kevin and the Team. Brilliant product and
service as with all my other orders.
have used your website for the first time last week. I have to thank
you for a totally first class service. Good communication and fast
do impressed I have just placed another order!
- from Witheridge
goods arrived this morning as ordered. I'd like to thank you for the
prompt and efficient service, and for the helpful advice received when
I made a telephone enquiry prior to ordering. The products are,
needless to say, exactly what I was looking for. Although my favoured
subjects are landscapes rather than wildlife, it was a wildlife
photographer friend who recommended I look at your products when I
mentioned I wanted a discreet raincover for my camera. Word-of-mouth is
definitely a powerful tool!
you for your prompt service, I received my order this morning and I am
very satisfied with the product. In these days of mistrust and doubt
about internet purchasing it is most refreshing to find someone who
actually gives a first class service, and I shall recommend you to my
Just a note to let you know that my order arrived safely on Saturday
morning and I'm really pleased with everything. The leg wraps are not
only a good fit and functional, they look great as well!
As for the hide, I expected good from yourselves, but I have to say
that it even exceeds my expectations both in terms of quality and
effectiveness. I went to my parents for lunch yesterday and took it to
show them and my Mum commented that she wouldn't like to have to make
one for fifty quid! The Velcro strap around it is a nice finishing
I've not had chance to try it in the field yet but gave it a brief
trial run in my lounge of all places! I have window feeders and the
great tits which are usually quite shy, never flinched apart from when
I moved and even then the only reaction was cocked heads and then
continued feeding. That was at a distance of 2 to 3 feet, obviously a
little closer than I'll be working with a 500 mm! I was reading a blog
last week and a guy who was using one had stated that waders were
wandering within 2 metres of him which I can already believe. I'm
really looking forward to getting in amongst the action.
Once again, thank you very much for your time and the trouble you've
taken to give me one to one advice and help. I just want to reiterate
that it's appreciated and not taken for granted.
Kevin and Staff,
I would like to say thank you for your fantastic service and patience
you talked me through your range of equipment with great knowledge and
I purchased a large Dome Hide, groundsheet and Snoot to fit on Tuseday
16th August 2011 they arrived as agreed on Thursday 18th August 2011 I
then ordered a roll of Camouflage Form Tape(mossy Oak) and two packs of
Twizzle pegs that same afternoon and they arrived early morning
Saturday 20th August 2011.
I have to say I am very impressed with the Large Dome Hide it took me
less than ten minutes to erect including the guide ropes at the first
attempt the quality of the Dome Hide is superb there is a lot of room
for me a large padded comfortable lightweight chair and all my
Once again Kevin I would like to thank you and your staff for a great
recently purchased two waterproof covers for camera lenses - a C80.2
and a C80.2.7. I am delighted with the service, price, fast delivery,
quality and looks. Both got tested on the day of arrival as I was
photographing a sports event in the rain and both came through with
flying colours. Great product.
Tuam, County Galway, Ireland
I just wanted to say thank you for the products I bought from you, and
for the extra information you supplied, especially with the Bushnell
camera, it was very helpful. Also the camera and lens cover is
fantastic, no more protecting my camera with plastic bags in the rain.
would just like to say a big thank you for the fantastic service I
received after ordering 2 lens cover sets, I am delighted with the
products and the delivery was also very quick once a specification
query was sorted over the phone. These days it is very rare to find a
company that cares about their customers in the way you do and you
deserve to do well, so many thanks again and I will be sure to
recommend you and pass on your details at every opportunity.
Kevin and other staff of Wildlife Watching Supplies,
again a BIG thank you for the great service during the purchase of my
lens cover for my Sigma 150-500. I fitted the covers and I'm very
chuffed with the look and quality. Thanks again.
Just a line to say how pleased I am with the Lens Covers you made me,
once again another great product from you.
for rain cover placed on a Wednesday night arrived at my door
Friday lunchtime. Superb service Devon to Scotland in such a short
time. This was my second order and won't be my last.
Kevin, what can I say. Well, a very, very big thank you, the bean bag
came in the post today. You have gone that extra mile to keep this
customer very happy.
So, a message for your message page -
For anyone that might be a bit reluctant to buy items on line and worry
about that the item might have to be returned, don’t worry, as
Wildlife Watching Supplies “WILL” go that extra mile to
make sure that you, the customer is well looked after. I know first
hand that they do,and if you are thinking about buying a good bean bag,
I think that the Double Bean Bag with the shoulder strap is about
the best you could get, so thanks to all at Wildlife Watching for
sorting my problem out within a week of returning the goods, well done.
Comment from Kevin Keatley:
As a Company, we send out thousands of orders and occasionally,
something will need to be returned. A true test of a business is how
they deal with it and the quality of the customer service. For us, it's
of the highest importance and we do our best to offer a quick response
and a personal service.
The infra red light beam is brilliant piece of kit and one that now is
always in my kit bag. I'm off to see if i can get some swallows now,
there's no end in what you can do with it if you use your imagination.
Wildlife Watching Supplies
The lens cover set arrived by post early am today and the order was
placed pm two days ago. A highly efficient and much appreciated
service. The C61 Neoprene set is of excellent quality, proved easy to
fit (less than 5 minutes) and just what was needed. Many thanks for
your help and advice and for the excellent service.
have good news for you! I received my order this afternoon and
everything is in perfect condition and am very delighted with it. The
delay was caused by the poor postal service. I don't really know how to
thank you sufficiently for the help and concern that you have given me
and Wildlife Watching Supplies is a great company and I will be your
loyal customer forever!
years I was looking for a winter photo blind that I could set up and
just leave up and at the same time be durable to withstand all of the
winter elements that we have in Minnesota. About 6 years ago I found a
blind on the internet from Wildlife Watching Supplies (referred to as
"Dome Hide") in the UK ( http://www.wildlifewatchingsupplies.com). This
is a small blind which is what I was looking for, this allows my lens
to be eye level with the birds that I photograph. I put the blind up in
the middle of November and take down in the middle of March, this is my
6th year so that is 24 months of being set-up during Minnesota's
winters. It is still just as good as the day I bought it. My main goal
for winter photography from this blind is Ring-necked Pheasants but I
also set up a feeding station for backyard type birds. If you go to the
gallery under Avian/game birds all of the pheasants on this gallery
have been taken from this blind. Pheasants are one of the most skittish
birds that I photograph, so my lens is totally covered with a "snoot"
and I peek out through small covered holes on the side of the lens.
This blind is set up for afternoon light and my favourite conditions
are from +10 F to -10 F with clear skies and calm winds. With maybe a
snack and a thermos of hot chocolate I am good for about 4 hours of
sitting. Over the last few years there are many blinds that are really
designed for hunting and these all work excellent for photography.
also use one of those blinds for photographing Wild Turkeys but these
blinds from Wildlife Watching Supplies are designed specifically for
nature photographers. When choosing a blind it is important to
determine what you intend to use it for, there are many great blind
manufacturers out there. Some hunting blinds will work great for
photography and some do not. If you happen to be close to a Gander
Mountain, Bass Pro Shop, or Cabelas or any other sporting goods store
such as those, go and check out the blinds they have in stock. Also
many photography web sites will sell blinds or lead you to certain type
of blinds they use or like. I do know my winter photo blind has allowed
me to get many images of the elusive Ring-necked Pheasants, because of
this blind I have been able to make many sales of this very colourful
and elusive game bird.
John - Minnesota
My lens cover arrived today & it's
on such a a brilliant service and product...it's why I only ever use
you for my photographic equipment.
received the C80 2.5 camera and lens cover, just like to thank you for
the excellent service you provide and quality of the product, will
definitely be using your services again in the near future. I can
recommend your services and products 100% to anyone.
Once more, thank you again. Mick Cooke, Derbyshire
seen many examples of hides/blinds in the past and have always
regarded them as a bit rubbishy and not really fit for the job. The C30.1 dome hide was a very pleasant surprise.
It's extremely well made and the materials are certainly heavy duty
which should give many years of service. Erecting the hide takes only a
few minutes and is straightforward and simple. There's plenty of room
for two photographers, chairs and equipment etc. Money well spent. If
all your products are of this quality Kevin then I'll certainly be back.
Thanks Wildlife Watching Supplies for a genuine, quality product.
wanted to say thanks for the new hide.
have attached the image of one of my old hides from you; it’s
over 10 years old and has been outside 70% of its life. Admittedly,
it’s had several repairs after being trashed by peccaries in
Brazil and mice in Sussex. I still hope to get use out of it for a
couple of years at least!
all for prompt deliveries of various gear that I will be using for my
bird photography: all arrived mint, with the minimum of fuss - I love
Kevin and team,
I just wanted to thank you for the exemplary customer service you have
delivered this week. My original order was placed at the weekend,
posted out Monday and arrived Tuesday. For what was a very minor fault
(we left a velcro tab off a C38 tripod leg sleeve) with one item your
response to my email has been absolutely fantastic and went much
further than expected!
received my bag hide, beanbag and lens cover at 12.30pm today,
ordered at 1.30pm yesterday - Devon to Cumbria in 23 hours. It was my
first order from you, it won't be my last, the quality of the
items is superb.
Many thanks, Alan Miller. Brampton, Cumbria.
I have just been reading Kevin's Blog and I think its great,along with
the amazing images. I have never been pleased with my wildlife photo's
but I now have renewed enthusiasm. One question,how do you avoid the
never ending stream dog walker's????
year and half ago I bought you an superb hide. Some of the photos I
have taken with it are on my website. Congratulations for that
excellent product, it keeps clean, dry, good camouflage and is light,
easy and quick to assemble, very very good.
huge thanks to everyone – this was my second order in the last
few days and everything has been excellent, as usual. This order
arrived the morning after it was ordered as I had marked it urgent
– service can’t get much better than that.
would, and do, recommend your products to anyone who is interested.
Thank you for such a speedy turn around. Goods received and working
perfectly. Looking forward to a 2 week North Ron field test.
thanks for my rain cover which arrived on Thursday which is excellent
service. Now I can get out in all weathers instead of having to leave
the camera indoors. Excellent, speedy service - many thanks again. Patricia Macfarlane
Kevin & team
hide arrived today. I didn't twig it at first. The delivery man handed
over a package and I thought well, it can't be that hide I ordered,
it's too early and the parcel's way too light. I had other things
ordered, prints and such like, and assumed it must be an over-packaged
wedding album or something. I can only congratulate you on your speedy
supply and am mightily impressed by the distinct lack of weight. As you
know, wildlife tackle is horribly heavy: I won't even notice this. I've
looked at the accessories you've supplied and it all looks bomb-proof.
Can't wait to try out the hide.
again for a very professional service.
and thanks for a brilliant service.
Received my lens covers yesterday and I am very happy with them they
fit perfectly. Good fast delivery, many thanks. Willie
I'm very pleased with the order I made from you.
C30.1 Large Dome Hide with Larger Left and Right Side windows and Zip
at Back Door and Ground Sheet.
C14.3 Bean Bag with strap.
C33L Bag Hide.
C49 Scrim Cover.
C60.002 Lens Hood Cover
All I've ordered is made of high quality. I'm really fan of your C30.1
Dome Hide Large (I took the full option one) and I really recommand it
to any person interested in that kind of outdoor photography.
Price a really good for the quality you get. Shipping charges are
peanuts. And result are a photographer very happy and well geared.
Laurent Dieu, Belgium.
just wanted to let you know that I received my C26 fold out seat today 7th Aug after
only 4 days and two of them were the weekend. Your staff never cease to
amaze me, my last order arrived after only three. I now have everything
I need and am really pleased with all the kit, the C80 double layer cover is right on the
button and the tripod leg covers are
also spot on for the job. I know I will be back for more in the future.
What more can I say. Thanks for everything. Don,t forget to pass on my
thanks to your staff.
Staff - Wildlife Watching Supplies
recenty ordered a Double Bean Bag, Lenshood cover and scrim for use on my regular visits to RSPB
Leighton Moss in Lancashire. As most of my bird photography is done
from a hide where space is at a premium a tripod becomes a hinderance.
On my last visit another bird photographer was using your equipment and
kindly let me borrow similar items to try. Needless to say I was
impressed and on my return home ordered the same and was not
to dispatch was a brief couple of days even though I had ordered on a
bank holiday and on the first working day I received a very helpful
phone call confirming that the items were on their way. I received them
the next day. They were packed well and they fully came up to
expectation. The manufacture is good and the Bean Bag strongly stitched
and comfortable to carry with the carrying strap attached.
would have no hesitation in recommending both your products and
excellent service to others.
thanks for the prompt and efficient service you have provided. My C61.1 neoprene lens cover set arrived
today. I am well pleased with the product which is now on my lens. I
look forward to making further purchases from you in the near future.
Wildlife Watching Supplies team!
Very pleased with my lens coat for my 300mm lens (C61 APG) - great
design, already proven on my other lens to great effect! Very quick
delivery indeed too.. no nonsense!
Service how it should be.
Many thanks, Dom Kavanagh (Aug. '10)
would just like to say that finding your website has enhanced my
products are the best and your service unbeatable. I genuinely believe
that without your service I would still be fumbling around the
countryside wondering why all the wildlife was avoiding me. After a
couple of pound spent on a camouflage bag hide
and some lens covers I have become
the invisible man and seeing how full of life the countryside is.
Kevin, my order came this morning, the neoprene cover fits like a
glove, really nice, thanks very much.
Kind Regards, Paul
|Just received your email confirming that the order for a C60
Lens Hood Cover I made yesterday morning has been despatched. Your
timing is off. I actually received the lens cover and fitted it 5
MINUTES AGO!!! Well done for a fantastic service. I will certainly
recommend/use you again.
Products just received by Royal Mail. Excellent service and excellent
Recieved my Lens Cover Set today, just 2 days after i placed my order.
It only took me 5 minutes to put on my Lens, and everything worked as
normal when in place, and also looks great.
So thanks for your quick service and brilliant product.
want to say thanks. My first order was perfect, excellent products and
quick to arrive. My second order had a slight problem, but after a
brief phone call the problem was sorted in seconds by your polite,
helpful and friendly staff. I often get asked about my photography
equipment and I always recommend Wildlife Watching Supplies to all I
meet. I will be ordering more equipment soon.
up the high standards that you have set yourselves.
ordered the C80 2.5 all in one camera
& lens cover & the C60 lens
hood cover in neoprene. I rang on 1-04-10, the member of staff I
dealt with was brilliant, she was efficient & above all really
helpful. Taking in to consideration the following day was a Bank
Holiday, I received the parcel the day after.
products are excellent quality with a high standard of finish.
will definitely be purchasing from you again, cheers mate.
|I have been very pleased with the leafcut scrim net I
purchased. I had a young thrush sit above my head the first time I used
it. The handy size is just that and easily covers a long lens, tripod
and a photographer sitting or crouched. The leaf cut outs also make
useful eye holes, enabling a view of the surrounding area.
Came today,very pleased,best lens hood cover I have ever seen,thanks
All the gear arrived safely. Tested out the bag hide on a camping trip
over the weekend. It must work well because I had a fantail wren land
on the camera lens while I was shooting. Taking the bag hide up to the
Pilbara (North West Australia) with me on an 11-day work trip I'm
heading off on tomorrow. Thanks for your help. I might get some more
gear off you soon.
received the order on Saturday. Brilliant, Thank you. The All-In-One camera & lens cover was
put into good use on Sunday during a walk in bracing wind, snow &
sunshine on out local beach in NE Scotland. Don't know why I never got
one before! Many thanks for your good advice & quick delivery. Hope
the move went (is going) well.
I just wish to thank you the fact that everything went well with my dome hide. Like my predecessor (the C30
standard) is very well built and made to last. Good luck with your
My best regards, Filipe Caetano
Nature Photo Association, Portugal.
wanted to say how excellent I thought your recent service has been. I
ordered a lens cover set for a Nikon
500mm. The order process was quick, easy and secure. Emails kept me
appraised of progress and the order was despatched and delivered
definitely be coming back to this site for more products and dropping
hints to Father Christmas this year :-)
|Hi Kevin and rest of your team. Just a quick line to say many
thanks for rushing my order through (neoprene lens cover). I used the
cover this weekend and it works great and I hope to be placing another
order with you soon. It was great to deal with a professional British
company. All the best to you and your team for the future.
Shaun, a very happy customer.
recieved my order today and I really liked the products. It's my second
time buying with you and I didn't have any problems. I'm from Chile and
I will continue recommending your products to my friend photographers.
|Received the product today. Very pleased with product and
found your customer services to be excellent!
I have already received the dome hide and other accessories. As always
the hide very well finished, high quality in all your products. The
design was perfect and you have understood perfectly.
Thank you very much for everything. Best Regards.
received your e-mail with regards to returning my bean bag, I could not
reply as I was working away at the time. I took your advice with
regards to the inner bags being slightly larger and put it to the test
a couple of weeks ago for the first time, I normally carry my camera
attached to my tripod and slung over my shoulder, but not anymore, this
has to be the best purchase I have made in a long time, I'm really
sorry I did not reply straight away when you asked for my card details
for a refund, but I'm more than happy that I was not quick to return it
back as little did I know I had the best piece of camera gear bought in
a long time just sitting in my drawer.
Once again really sorry for any inconvenience caused.
Kind Regards from a very happy customer.
Just to say what fantastic service you provide! Someone real on the end
of the phone who knows the product and quick delivery, using my
delivery instructions provided - a quality neoprene 500mm lens coat - it looks
brilliant and will provide good protection and camouflage for our trip
to the Kruger N.P. - will use WWS again!
Good to be able to buy British and receive reliable service,
| Just a short email to say how much I appreciated everyone's
effort to get the beanbag to me before my
departure on Monday for the wildflowers of Namaqualand. I am truly
grateful. Thank you also for the telephone call to let me know that the
bean bag was in the post. That was also very much appreciated. I have
not had a chance to try out the bean bag but will do so on my trip and
best personal regards,
Watching supplies supplied me with a dome hide
for a recent filming project in Scotland.
worked brilliantly and I can totally recommend it and I have used a
few. Kevin understands well what is required by wildlife cameramen in
the field and the functionality and performance of the hide was
exceptional. Within 48 hrs Otters were passing within 14ft of the hide
and looked totally relaxed. We also had strong winds during my Time in
Mull and the hide stood rigid with all the Scottish weather thrown at
| Hi Kevin,
upper rainforest canopy of the Orinoco Delta is where your large dome
hides have been for the last few months, filming for BBC's Natural
World series. They are certainly the best hides I have used, either
bought or home made, for use up trees. They are the best for their size
and price. (You could do an even bigger one for those of us poor souls
who have so much filming gear!) The service was fast and reliable. Many
Graham Hatherley, BBC Cameraman
got back from three weeks in Yellowstone. Ran into some very heavy
rain. Fortunately I had purchased a couple of your all in one rain
cover that protects the camera and lens. When the rain drove others to
seek shelter my wife and I were able to keep shooting. Thanks for a
great product. I'm pretty sure a gentleman from Florida, on our
reccommendation, will be contacting you about a purchase. Thanks again
and Mary Prouty
you for my order received yesterday. It was ordered late on Thursday
and delivered at 8.15 am on Saturday. Superb service. The goods are
exactly as described and fit perfectly. I really appreciated the email
telling me that the goods had been despatched as I was able to wait in
for the post and not have the inconvenience of having a card left and a
trip to the Post Office for collection.
faithfully, Pat Welsh
excitement ....... I set my infra red trip
up on Sunday evening for the first time "in the field" and got a fox
crossing a river along a fallen log. It will be a challenge to do
better in the future! The fox didn't fall off with fright. (I had my
video recording at the time)! Thank you for the great bit of kit, it
was much easier to set up than my old light beam.
like to say thankyou for the C80
camera/lens cover incredible service & superb products i will
be buying from you again in the near future.
thanks for the very efficient and speedy service. The items i ordered
from you over the last few months, ref:- Bag hide,
Bean bag, tripod cover/lens
& camera covers, are all well made and i am highly delighted
with them. Living in the Pembrokeshire countryside, they have enabled
me to get some lovely photos of the local wildlife. If I need any
further items, i will certainly be heading your way.
take this opportunity to praise my latest purchase from you; namely the
5 in 1 Jacket. An awesome piece of kit that I have had the opportunity
to test in the recent inclement weather. I only made one mistake and
that was to wear a thermal all in one suit underneath the jacket
resulting in my having to constantly unzip the jacket to cool down when
walking in the snow. Standing still waiting for the wildlife I had no
problems at all. The following day when a mini blizzard blew through my
location I stayed toasty warm and dry again. Can't wait to purchase the
2 in 1 trousers.
Yesterday I've received the items that I've ordered from you. That was
really fast, considering that I live in Chile. They items are really
good. Tha baghide is excellent, a good size to accomodate any lens.
Also I've ordered a bean bag and a ultrapod. This weekend I'm going to
use them for a bird shooting. Thanks for everything!
received my order on Friday, thanks for the speedy response, and I am
very happy indeed with it. The all in
one lens and camera cover you recommended is perfect, and it is
loose enough to allow the zoom and focus rings to be used (and even the
OS to switched on and off with a little practice) and the lens end cap saves a lot of fiddling
about in the field.
the way the scrim idea for the gimbal style tripod head worked
reasonably well considering I can’t sew for toffee.
Many thanks for your great service, I've just received my order. Thank
you for the help in selecting the right equipment, it fits my camera
and lens perfectly, I'm looking forward to getting out in the field
with my kit and enjoying myself!
Wishing you a very Happy Christmas,
you for making great quality products!
obvious that these products are designed and developed by people who
actually use them for the purpose intended. They are simple to use,
devastatingly effective and equally dependable. You instinctively know
a product is right when it enhances the experience and takes nothing
away. In my case it's being in the field longer, closer to the subject
and in far greater comfort. The first item that I purchased was the
large Dome Hide (in advantage). I have
since started a collection of your products by recently adding two C60 Lens Hood end covers (in
Advantage) for my 500 f4 and 300 f2.8 and the all in one C80.3TL (in advantage) Camera and lens
cover after using a colleagues. Needless to say, all items performed
superbly time after time. Keep up the excellent attention to detail.
Hardy - Hampshire
a quick message to say that my DPM CAMO LIGHTWEIGHT BAG HIDE arrived
& Its excellent, Fits In my pocket & can be used whenever
This is just a note to say how pleased I was to recieve the camera
cover and the monopod sleeve. The Quality and Workmanship certainly
exceeded my expectations. They both fit like a glove, please pass on my
comments to the people who make them.
for the excellent service, my C13.1.5A beanbag
arrived the day after I placed the order and supports my equipment very
well. I am thinking of buying a hide in the future and will definately
check your website first.
a quick line to thank you personally for the kit that you recently
manufactured for us.
As a company which specialises in both urban and rural covert
surveillance, we often need to trial equipment and techniques as soon
as they become available, and your bespoke service of designing and
manufacturing kit at short notice to assist us with camouflage and
concealment has proven invaluable.
As you know we operate throughout the year in all weathers and
environments, and in all of that time we have never received anything
but excellent service from any of your products and service which says
a great deal about your company.
Covert Surveillance Specialists
a dome hide and snoot
from you earlier this year. Marvellous kit and well made; stands up
well to the inclement weather hereabouts. Whilst not the most
adventurous of photographers, have been amply rewarded by my investment.
just like to say thank you very much for providing a fantastic service
on my recent purchase. I bought a C33L-G Bag
Hide very happy with the quality of the product and shipping time to
Australia was incredibly fast.
again and I’ll be sure to recommend your store and products to
all my crazy birding friends out here in AUS.
The bungee cord and end plugs arrived today. Thank you very much. I am
sure you are aware of the dome's ability but I have been extremely
impressed with it withstanding gusts of wind in excess of 70mph.
Pitched on grass it obviously offers the flexibility required to
withstand these gusts. The pegs and guy ropes do the rest. Very
The lens camo sets that we ordered for the Sigma 800mm F5.6EX DG and the Nikon AF-S 300mm f2.8G ED VR arrived
safely yesterday and after a bit of head scratching I got them on to
the lenses in the right order. I must say my wife and I are impressed
with the product, pretty well a perfect fit and certainly seems as
though it will give the lens plenty of protection against the weather
and minor knocks. Christened the lenses at our local nature reserve at
Langoford lakes today, got some nice shots of the Reed Buntings, Willow
Warblers and Chiff Chaffs.
Many thanks for the excellent service.
Regards, Dave Townend
It has been some time since my purchase, but I thought that I should
update you on how the C30.1 Dome Hide
has been working for me. In one word, exceptional! I have used other
hides "blinds" as they are called here in the States, but none compare
to yours in quality, functionality, and overall performance.
Reliability is required of my equipment when I have time to be out in
the field for photography, and your products are a perfect fit for my
style. Hides should have been just as important to me as are my Nikon
500mm f/4 lense and I am glad that I realized this early in my career.
Thank you for a great line of products, they are worth every pound.
Word-of-mouth is the best advertising, and I've been doing plenty of it
for you. Not that you need any help, but when I find something great, I
share it with others.
Brian G. Madison
I wanted to drop you a quick line to say thank-you for an excellent
service I can only echo the sentiments of the photographers and
cameramen on this feedback section and I am delighted with the product
and service I have recieved. 10 out of 10 with a bonus point on top!
I have been photographing kingfishers for some time now using a good
friends Kevin Kealtley dome hide and the time came when I had to give
it back and buy my own :-) Its a great bit of kit and very very well
made with excellent features and worth every penny.
Here is a photo taken from the KK hide
Thanks and best regards
Just a quick note to say thank you very much for the excellent service.
I received the parcel yesterday. I am delighted that I discovered your
website, and I'm sure my husband will be too, as there will be no more
boring Christmas or birthday presents from me for years to come!
Received my camera/lens cover this
morning. Delighted with the product and speed of postage. I now need a
hide but still not sure whether to get the dome or the bag, but I'm
sure who will get the order.
received today, many thanks. Truly unique and excellent products. Very
pleased. I am sure I will be placing more orders in the future.
I’ve been using your C33L lightweight
Baghide since 2006 very successfully and with great satisfaction. I
appreciated mostly the following features of the BagHide (summer
blends perfectly to the surrounding vegetation
- It completely hides the photographer and its equipment even glossy
metallic parts are almost invisible from outside
- The photographer can have 360 degree overview around himself, as the
hide-material leaves free sight if put very close to the eyes
- The BagHide is completely noiseless. Even with shy animals the
photographer can slowly move inside and no disturbing noise is produced
by the hide material
- It is lightweight!
BagHide has become a consistent part of my wildlife photography
equipment. I carry it with me from backyard shootings, to alpine
excursions and of course to my overseas photographic trips.
thanks again for your support.
Presti - Wildlife photography
use and have used for quite a few years your double
bean bag, this high quality item has been invaluble and a very
important part of acheiving a rock steady platform when using the car
as a mobile hide when photographing birds and mammals, top quality
materials and well thought out design give camera and lens combination
excellent manoeuvreability, and quality shake free sharp images.
The all in one covers and lens hood covers again of high
quality, and well thought out design are a must to any avid
wildlife/natural history photographer both for subject capture and
protection of valuble equipment.
Please keep up the commitment and quality within your and our passion
for wildlife!. Look forward to purchasing again in the near future.
Kind Regards Paul [Notts]
finally gotten round to look at the new hide canvas that you made me
and have mated it to the Jamie Woods frame and it's a perfect fit,
absolutely spot on, I am absolutely chuffed and can't wait to start
you very much indeed
what an incredible service! I want to thank you very much for sending
my camera cover so quickly. Now I
can rest assured when it rains on my survival weekend.
Just a quick note to thank you for organising, at very short notice, my
camera and lens cover. I
used it at the weekend and it was a major sucess, certainly kept off
the salt spray, and was still easy to operate all the controls on the
lens and the camera. I must say the quality of the cover is first class
and the pricing very reasonable for a product which I can see lasting
many years. It`s easy to see why your company is flourishing
considering the quality of product and the efficient friendly service,
which is indeed rare these days.
I will certainly be buying from you again in the future.
Best wishes to you and your team.
have bought from you three times now & every item you sent has been
a very fast delivery as well as being exactly as described, the quality
of the materials used is second to none. I will be buying form you
again in the near future, thanks.
Paul ( Reading berks )
there, I recently bought a dustbag & camera/lens cover & I would just
like to say a big thankyou for the service & very fast posting. My
camera is now sitting pretty in the dust cover... Thanks again for your
excellent website, which by the way is on my favourites list...
& may your business go from strength to strength..
( A very happy customer Indeed )
just a few words to say how pleased I am with the double sided coat & 2in1
trousers I received this morning, and are without any doubt top
quality, and I can honestly say I haven't had any thing from you that I
haven't been chuffed with, past purchases include a C30.1 hide, Chair,
Bean Bag, and Lens Cover, thanks very much every
body at WILDLIFEWATCHING.
must say i was worried about spending nearly £200 on a Dome hide, I should not of been.What a superb
product worth every penny. I tried it in my garden and enabled me to
get really close to the birds. I am going to set up a feeding station
so I can get some cracking bird photographs. Thank you and keep up the
|For nearly 3 months now I've
been using one of your standard dome hides,
a bag hide and one of your neoprene lens covers to monitor and
photograph a pair of Kingfishers nesting near my home (with the
necessary Schedule 1 Licence of course).
had some superb results (a few examples are enclosed) and I just wanted
to say how excellent your products have been. The quality is unbeatable
and the dome hide is both a joy to use and is xtremely effective as
I've been able to get shots of these birds from as little as 6 feet
away without causing them any disturbance what so ever.
also congratulate you on the excellent service I received from your
staff, both over the telephone and in terms of the speed with which
they were able to process my orders and arrange delivery of the goods.
If only every mail-order/internet supplier could match the service
offered by you and your team.
This is a photo of your C33 lightweight baghide
in Hardwoods Green in use at my favourite spot of photographing the
red-throated divers. Thanks for all your help and kit.
Niklas Nikitin, Sweden.
Kevin, I find you dome hides excellent. As
a wildlife cameraman I have to leave them set-up for weeks at a time
and they have survived every kind of Irish weather that has been thrown
Sincerely, James Pembroke
Thanks for the beanbags which I've been
using for several weeks now. They are performing really well, and the
double version is proving very stable on the car window-ledge. For
fieldwork, I've filled one with a mix of split peas and polystyrene
knuckles to save on weight and add a bit of bulk. Seems to work well.
Cheers, Paul S
for suggesting the larger C30.1 dome hide
for me. I don't think I could have got into one of the smaller ones
(6ft2" and 16st). The separate ground sheet is also great. I can leave
camera quipment on the ground without getting it wet or dirty. The ground sheet is also strong, my tripod and C25 foldout chair do not cut through
it. Like some of your other correspondents, I can now get so close to
the birds that my camera cannot focus with my long lens. Yesterday I
draped the leafcut scrim over me and approached a feeder. The birds
ignored me yet I could have reached out and touched the feeder!
Excellent products and excellent service, thank you.
Just wanted to mention that the camouflage cover is great - fits well
and has had some use in sub zero temperatures in Sweden and it made the
lens, Canon 300 f4 IS, C60 set, a
lot more pleasurable handling experience. Thanks for the very prompt
Best regards, Matt Latham
Having recently purchased one of your all
in one covers, I just wanted to let you know how pleased I am with
it. I was particularly impressed by the quality of the workmanship!
Worth every penny.
I have been out twice now and have been really surprised at the
difference it has made. I have been much closer than ever before to the
local wildlife. I am already thinking about my next purchase......a bag
hide possibly.....watch this space.
Design and Photography
wanted to give you some feedback regarding your Baghide
product. I have the non-waterproof version which is fantastically light
and when in the bag hide, my vision of the surroundings are unobscured
due to the see-through material used. I was prompted to give feedback
due to my experience last weekend. I was concentrating my camera on a
birdfeeder (whilst I was pouring a cup of coffee!) when it suddenly
went quiet and a Sparrow Hawk landed “10 feet” away from me
onto the feeder perch. Unfortunately, the perch was a bit lightweight
for it and it flapped around and had to fly off again. I would hardly
have got it’s head in the frame with my 500mm lens, it was that
close. An amazing experience for me and I have no doubt that this would
never have happened if I had not been using your baghide product. I
don’t go anywhere without it now and I can shop in Tesco’s
without been noticed!!!
Tripods are among the largest
pieces of photographic equipment you are likely to carry in the field.
A large modern tripod may not weigh as much as a super telephoto lens,
but it takes the same space or more. You may carry it in the field
attached outside a backpack or roller case. However, if you need to
move it some distance while shooting, you will quickly realise how
poorly it is optimised for carrying. Almost all tripods have no
built-in padding, and many have a number of projecting handles, knobs,
bolts and sharp edges that make its carrying more uncomfortable than
any other piece of equipment. Some people find that they can carry an
open tripod a short distance by putting a leg in front of a shoulder
and the two other legs on one´s back. Probably, most
photographers close the legs (with or without collapsing them) and
place the tripod legs on one shoulder, holding the tripod balanced with
one arm. The latter may be the only sensible way to carry a tripod that
has a central column. Either way, the friction of the legs against the
shoulder bones is an experience one does not look forward too.
photographers avoid this problem by adding a padding to the largest
segment of the legs. Commercial products as well as home-made solutions
are available. The latter consist of plastic foam sleeves (designed for
insulating hot water pipes) kept in place by an elastic "sock" sleeving
and/or tape. Cork or rubber tape used to pad bicycle hand-bars, tennis
racquets and other sports implements may also be used.
tripod leg wraps are also available, although from just a few sources.
The quality of these accessories is variable, especially with regards
to durability. Foam padding kept in place by an elastic netting around
its outer surface does not look very reliable to me, because this
material can easily stretch out of place, and probably is not very
resistant to abrasion. A sewn cloth sleeve enclosing the padding on
both sides seems more durable. I use tripod
leg wraps made by Wildlife Watching Supplies on two Gitzo tripods.
leg wraps are made to order, and you are required to specify the length
and circumference of the tripod legs, as well as the tripod model
(probably, as a way to avoid mistakes on your part). The wraps are
reversible. Mine are Advantage Leaf on one side and standard camouflage
pattern on the other.
In Gitzo tripods, the portion
of the legs closest to the head mount is fitted into a metal sleeve of
higher diameter. You can choose either to include this portion in the
length that you want covered by the padding, on to leave it exposed. I
opted to cover it in one of my tripods, and to leave it exposed in the
other. Both solutions work, although covering it probably makes better
sense (like in the above example).
rubber padding is sufficiently thick and stiff to prevent pain while
carrying a tripod with a heavy lens mounted (but take care to lock the
tripod head tightly, or the lens may swing and hit you on the head).
The cloth sleeve is thick and durable (it is the same cloth used to
make hides and outdoor clothing), and the wraps are kept closed around
the legs by velcro strips running along the entire length of the wrap.
For this reason, the wraps cannot be used on tripods with a central
stabilizer. If you plan to use this type of wrap, check that your
tripod, when closed, has a space of at least 1 cm between the legs and
the central column (you can get away with small protuberances, like the
rim of the cap that attaches a hook at the bottom of the column in
leg wraps are well made and fully functional, but not entirely without
problems. One of these is that they may slide up and down the tripod
legs, especially if the length of the wraps is less than the length of
the leg segments. Thus, you better choose wraps long enough to cover
the whole leg segment. Another problem is that the wraps, even when
mounted as tight as possible, rotate easily around the legs. You must
remember to get a good hold with your hand around a leg, or it may
wiggle out of your grasp. It should be possible to attach a length of
adhesive-backed velcro lengthwise on the leg segment (perhaps on the
leg side facing the centre of the tripod) and sew a corresponding
length along a side of the wrap (where the velcro strip used to keep
the wrap closed is already located). However, this strip will be
visible if you reverse the wraps or temporarily use the tripod without
them. Thus, there is no easy, problem-free solution. Even with these
drawbacks, the leg wraps have increased substantially the portability
of my tripods, as well as their aesthetic appearance (at least in my
opinion). I keep the wraps on at all times, also when working indoors.
Watching Supplies also make loose tubular cloth sleeves in a variety of
camouflage patterns, long enough to be pulled down and cover fully
extended legs, as well as a cover for the tripod mount and lens and
camera covers. They also have an elastic tubular sleeve (not padded)
that can be used on other equipment. If you wish, you can camouflage
your entire camera and tripod, except of course for the front of the
Reviews of C30 std dome hide and C37 padded tripod leg wraps by Enrico
Savazzi - Sweden.
Received my order today, and I just wanted to let you know that I am
very pleased with this product. It is a perfect fit for my 80-400mm
lens. Also, the design makes it very easy to operate the camera and
lens. Quality is very high as expected, and I look forward to trying it
out in the field. Many thanks for a smooth transaction and another
fantastic accessory for my kit bag ; )
Regards, Iain Kitkpatrick
the two C80R covers arrived early
the next day. Superb construction and ease of use. Highly recommended. Roll
on the weekend. Thanks again and best wishes to all at
Colin Carter photography
Kev and team
I have received the camera and lens
cover i ordered from you and am over the moon with them.Today i
took them out to try and photograph some of exmoors red deer but
unfortunately the mist was very thick,still managed to find several on
lower ground though but the wind was in the wrong direction so i will
try again another day.I am interested in alot more of your products so
you will be hearing from me soon.
Thanks very much James Verney.
for the dome hide before christmas, that was great and very efficient
which allowed us to ge the hide set up before christmas. Thanks mate.
Apologies for not getting back to you sooner but it sbeen hectic over
the last month but here is a few sentences below. Thanks for a great
The dome hide - what can I say? The ever sceptical
me has spent most of my life so far outside spending hundreds of
weekends out all night in different manufactured tents and home made
shelters. I can assure you I've had more than my fair share blown away
in the middle of night in gale force winds and driving rain.
had been making hides ourselves but had decided to purchase one of the
WILDLIFE WATCHING SUPPLIES dome hides for its ease of putting up and
mobility if I needed to shift it. I live up on the west coast of
Scotland and had decided to use it out in the hills on some friends
land. We were only going to use it for a couple of weeks but things
were going well so we decided to leave it there. Anyone who watches the
weather will have realised that for the best part of the last 3 months
of 2006 on the west coast of Scotland we've had plenty of gales and
driving rain. To put it bluntly it felt like the day after tomorrow was
morning after a particularly bad night of strong winds and driving rain
the phone rang. It was my friends who owned the land to tell me that
their 6 foot fence which had been concreted in had blown down and that
the chances of my hide being there was zero. I'm sure I could hear a
little snigger in their voice. I wandered up there expecting to see no
hide as it had been blown over the hills and somewhere far away. I
arrived there and trudged the couple of kilometres. I couldn't see the
hide and then my eyes adjusted and I managed to pick out the well
camouflaged hide on the side of the hill.
In fact there was nothing out of place apart from one broken guide
rope. This is what happened over the last 3 months. The heavens gave
all it could and still that hide stood there. I can only say what an
outstanding product this has been so far. It withstood some of the most
intense storms of 2006 in a very exposed position and it took it all.
It's been that good we have brought another dome hide for another
project because this winter looks still to be a wet and windy one in
Scotland and we need something which we can rely on to withstand
whatever the elements chuck at it!!!!
Scottish Association for Marine Science
Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory
The c33 bag hide absolutely fantastic just
arrived today only ordered 2 days ago pretty good for xmas and as for
the foldaway chair its more comfortable than my sofa cant wait for the
sun to come up and get out and try them in the field im expecting great
things from them.
Was very pleased to receive
my Large Dome Hide today. Excellent
and a fantastic service. I was kept fully up-to-date with the progress
of my order; well done.
I recieved the Neoprene lens cover for the Nikon 200-400mm this
morning. I think it is absolutely superb and it fits like a glove! The
workmanship is first class.
Thanks and regards - Chris Lloyd.
My camera and fingers thank you warmly for the fleece. Although it
wasn't as cold as 2002 it did still go sub-zero and the wind-chill
helped. Funny thing was the temperature dropped just a day or two after
I left. All the other people on the expedition were interested (or
jealous if you like) so you may get some more requests. As well as
working nicely with a tripod I also used it hand-held and the Velcro
closure wrapped well round my left wrist keeping the wind out. Special
triple layer C80 "all in one" camera and lens cover with heat pack
pocket (see heat pack - Ed). (Stops
battery drain in cold condition). Top layer proofed polycotton,
lightweight waterproof nylon middle layer and inner fleece layer with
heat pack pocket.
I have attached a picture of one of the locals.
a quick thank you for the excellent service. Ordered Monday, delivered
Tuesday. I can't ask for better than that. The wraps fit the Gitzo 1348
very well and save my shoulder from a lot of abuse with a 600mm on it :)
The All in one cover that I got from you worked wonderfully. On a
recent trip sailing from Falmouth the Lisbon, Portugal it wasn't just
rain from above and the side that the cover helped with but splashing
from the sea below.
Many thanks for a great service in supplying the Barn Owl Centre with
both the C14.3 double bean bag & the 600mm lens camo cover. Now in
use, these items are already proving to be a valuable asset &
already in use, helping me to do the job in hand with more ease. With
better lens stability & with the bonus to blending better in to the
Owls natural surroundings it is helping me to improve photography
skills no end. In the near future we will be looking at acquiring from
you further kit like dome hides etc.
Its a pleasure to do business with you.
Centre Director/Conservation Officer
The Barn Owl Centre
Just to say a big thanks for my Dome Hide, it has worked a treat and
has enabled me to get some amazing shots notably some of kingfishers.
Just been reading your tips on photographing Kingfishers and it made me
sit back and smile as I too had them sitting on the hide just above my
head within in a few minutes of setting up as well. At the same few
visits I managed some shots of Goosander, Common Sandpiper, Heron and
Grey Wagtails at before unattainable closeness.
Just to let you know I received your order this morning. Excellent
Service. The jacket fits like a glove and I am very, very pleased
indeed, with its quality.
Thanks Again for everything, Bert
This weekend I tried the new C33L bag hide, and it was a great success!
I was able to photograph Red-throated diver at a very close distance,
without being boiled ;-). I big thanks for your help!
vital to keep warm while sat quietly in the midst of winter. Since
investing in some excellent clothing from Kevin Keatley of Wildlife
Watching Supplies, I have always remained dry, warm and well hidden
by its Advantage camouflage pattern. I wear a 5
in 1 Jacket consisting of an outer coat, a water & windproof
lining and an inner fleece (that are all detachable). With this I ware
a pair of Six-Pocket Trousers, made from
the same soft hardwearing outer material and also having a detachable
water & windproof lining. In winter I use a pair of Thinsulate Mitt/Gloves and a fleece hat. I frequently use a Mini Dome Hide from Wildlife Watching
Supplies. This has a sewn in ground sheet. The hide is quick and easy
to put up and always provides excellent protection from the rain and
wind, while providing good visibility from within.
Lloyd - http://www.allenlloyd.co.uk
was able to capture the illusive Piliated Woodpecker, thanks to the
camouflage camera gear your company provides. You have great products
and I will promote as often as I can. Thanks for your help! I am sure
the dome will be a future purchase as well."
thanks for supplying, so quickly, all my bird photography camouflage
gear. My images testify this more than any words can. This one of a
Short-eared Owl. Was taken so close to the bird that I actually had to
setup further back because. I was closer than 4.50m that my 500mm prime
bought your lens and camera covers last week and have been pleased with
the quality and design. Pushing through the undergrowth without
worrying about scratches allows you to concentrate on your surroundings
I look forward to trying the hide i ordered.
could not help sending you this Picture of my early attempts. This post
is based on yours with a feeder at the back. Shame the Starling chose
to sit on the top showing the cut surface. Back to the drawing board
Kevin and WWS team,
just wanted to write and express my thanks for your incredible patience
over my frequent changes of mind about what it was that I actually
wanted to buy when I purchased my dome hide earlier this year. I
ordered a product from you. It came in good time and excellent
condition and then I changed my mind about what it was I actually
needed and you accepted it back without any quibble at
all…twice! Your quality of service is second to none and I would
never hesitate to recommend you to anyone. Eventually, I settled on the
small dome hide and it has been a great choice. It has been put to good
use in my garden, photographing garden birds including our first ever
blue tit fledgling and a local robin. In the coming year I plan to take
it with me on camping expeditions as it is both light and compact. My
ambition is to use it to photograph wild mammals and kingfishers.
have looked at your tips for photographing badgers and they are really
useful. Now I just need to find some badgers to photograph…again
your website helps with contact numbers for local badger groups. I
really cannot recommend your service highly enough, thank you very
on the effectiveness of the cape hide I bought from you a while ago. I
thoroughly recommend the effectiveness of 'Advantage' pattern as
purchased from Wildlife Watching Supplies in Devon.
I popped down on the local marshes for a spot of birding. Being a
brilliant, cold crisp day I decided to wear my bright mountaineering
equipment for warmth, and comfort, and took my bag hide along to tone
I sat below the lip of the sea bank on an insulated mat, set up the
scope and threw the bag hide over me and settled back for an enjoyable
afternoon as the tide ebbed, the mud banks emerged and the waders flew
About 20 minutes later I heard voices coming along the sea wall. A
couple stopped about 10 metres away. The man said to the lady
"This is a good spot - just hop onto that mound over there and take a
photo of me!"
The woman walked in my direction ! When she was less than 10 feet away,
I had to quickly poke my head out of the hood window and say "I'd
rather prefer it if you didn't" The incoming waders were not the only
airborne specimen !! We all saw the funny side, exchanged banter and
they went on their way.
So well done Wildlife Watching Supplies .. Oh and it works excellently
for bird photography as well.
for the quick response and shipment. I simply love the products. The
Camera sleeves and tripod Sleeves work great and the "critters" are not
Val Mongold, Fulks Run VA, USA
Whether you are a keen photographer, avid bird watcher, videographer or
super sleuth (I believe “Spook” is the trendy term for
this) a car provides an excellent hide for observing without being
observed. Most species will tolerate the close presence of a car, when
an approach on foot would cause a rapid exit. For disabled
photographers / birdwatchers, and I know quite a few, their car is the
only way of enjoying the great outdoors. The problem with a car is that
even the most luxurious comes without an integral tripod mount, so
supporting a camera or telescope (and keeping the image stable) can be
a real nightmare. Those of us who have tried to set up a tripod inside
the car will testify that this is a no go, so clearly we need another
Beanbags are the simplest car support device, sitting on the
door window they quite happily support lenses up to 600mm. The beanbag
shown is the one I use, which has double pockets and is made by
Wildlife Watching Supplies. The reason for the double pocket is to make
a “V” shape when mounted on the window, which hugs your
lens / telescope a lot tighter (thus making it more stable). Be aware
of cheap imitations, there are several similar designs on the market
but all the others are too small to hold anything substantial. They are
cheap for a reason.
Beanbags are highly portable and whenever I travel I always
take a couple of empty ones with me. As I write this I am on safari in
Africa and I am using my beloved beanbag on every game drive. The
vehicle has no windows or bars so no other mount is practical (see
later) hence the beanbag on the dashboard supports my 500mm lens
[Our beanbags can also be purchased from Warehouse Express - Ed]
Wildlife Watching Supplies Dome Hide
I am not the biggest fan of hides, preferring to stalk
animals rather than sit in a small confined space for hours on end.
Unfortunately there are a lot of animals that are very shy and to get
close enough to them requires a degree of concealment. The WWS Dome
hide is the one I use, I have 2 in Real Tree camouflage for general UK
work and a snow tundra one for arctic silliness. These dome hides are
small enough to be carried around with your gear and can be erected
within minutes should the need arise. The Real Tree pattern provides
all the camouflage that you need for even the most elusive of species,
I generally use them when working with my Barn Owls or Hares. I have
used them as far afield as Brazil, setting up next to a popular perch
for an Amazon Kingfisher. The major problem wasn’t the kingfisher
but the likelihood of a snake crawling inside to take refuge overnight!
One big tip, when you get in the hide for the first time stay rock
still for 5 minutes before putting the lens through the front slit
– you never know who is watching.
[Our Dome Hides can also be purchased from Warehouse Express - Ed]
Thought you might like the attached. Excellent hide, performing very
well in all weathers. Many thanks.
Granville Davies Photographic Architectural Photography
FROM DAVID HAYNES
like to thank you for the prompt delivery of the hide and accessories I
ordered just prior to my recent film trip.
trip was a great success. We are making a documentary about a
particular animal found in only one location and until 4 years ago,
was always going to be a tough shoot - aside from the environment (no
roads, vehicles, communications, running water or electricity), the
animal is extremely timid. It has only been seen on a handful of
occasions by the scientist studying it, and then only accidentally -
no-one has ever successfully used a hide to get close and see it in its
there were no certainties when the trip was planned. This animal is
endangered, any actions on our part that disturbed it could potentially
be negative both to the scientific study and the animals' health and we
didn't know whether its acute sense of smell would detect the hide and
make it avoid the area.
after 7 days in the hide, I became the first person ever to film this
elusive animal in its' natural environment. Subsequently, it was
captured twice more on film. Your hide was pivotal in our success - the
large dome allowing a heavy duty, full spread broadcast tripod to be
heartily recommend your products to others and will be buying some more
accessories (such as a snoot) before we return to the location next
spring. Once again, our success will depend entirely on the use of your
thanks for your help and for providing such essential products.
the bean bag today. I was pretty surprised since I only put in the
order yesterday afternoon!!! Thanks for a great service. Should save me
lugging my hefty tripod around. I really enjoyed your pictures of the
badgers. Must have been a real privilege to be temporarily adopted by
them. I will certainly use your company again in the future if I need
any more supplies.
The beanbag I ordered has now become a "can't live without" item in my
kit bag. It's allowed me to get some great shots that would be
impossible with a tripod". Iain Kirkpatrick.
wanted to drop you a line to compliment you on your excellent dome
hides. I've just spent the last month filming for a BBC Natural World
and worked almost every day in the hide, it performed superbly.
filming on a Scottish Island with some of the strongest winds I've ever
experienced (according to the shipping forecast, severe storm force
!!!). The hide stayed put through out, coping with the conditions
better than hides twice its weight. Hope to replace all my hides with
dome hides soon.
Robin Smith. Cameraman.