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The Photo Hides in Båtsfjord and Inflatable Boats
There are two floating photo hides in the harbour of Båtsfjord. The brand new large hide can accommodate ten photographers in each four hour setting. There are 16 holes to shoot from and a toilette is installed.
In addition, there is a small one man photo hide.
After a session in the photo hide you will spend a couple of hours in the harbour in a inflateable boat shooting the birds in flight.
To use these particular photo hides is best in February. There is a lot of weather, snow, rain, sun and shifting winds and waves. You can experience the highest number of birds. The only place to watch the Long-tailed Duck, Common Eider, Steller’s Eider along with the King Eider. Then of course, you have the bonus of longer nights including the Aurora Borealis.
The fishing boats serve as natural reflectors. The hulls have different colours.
It is also possible to spend another day/session in the inflateable boat searching for the White-tailed Eagle.
An extra opportunity is to include the seabirds of Syltefjordstauran in your itinerary. A snowmobile transportation to Syltefjord is followed by another shooting from the inflateable boat.
The inflateable boats is run by a very experienced wildlife guide
The Photo Hide in Vestre Jakobselv and Boat in Vadsø
The photo hide in Vestre Jakobselv is in the middle of the bird belt in the Varanger Bird Park. Three persons can stay in the photo hide after a short, and for some, a strenous hike.
Feeders are put up just outside the hide. You may get plenty of pictures of small birds, when waiting for the raptors. The reindeer meat is irresistible bait for the predator birds.
In the harbour of Vadsø you may climb unto a new floating photo hide. The floating hide is a specially constructed boat suited for four photographers. The ducks are abundant in the harbour of the county capital of Finnmark.
Northeast of the centre of Vadsø you may rent a cottage to get close to the largest population of Steller's Eider. 90 Steller’s Eider dwells outside the window facing the beach, the birds are lining up for your camera. Four photographers can get this exclusive opportunity for two nights each.
Extra - Hornøya
In March and April the seabirds are returning to Hornøya and Vardø. You can almost touch the Puffin, so leave your magnifying lenses at home.