Introducing.... The Ghillie Poncho
Feeling like adding something different to my bird photography arsenal, I decided upon making a ghillie poncho. This piece of equipment is more favoured by people who play paintball, wanna-be snipers and hunters, however I found a couple of wildlife photographers in the USA who were using them or something similar to get closer to their subject.
I decided that the commercial versions were not suitable for Australian habitat so I would choose a DIY kit but pick my own colours to make it my own. The kit was shipped from the USA and when it arrived I was extremely keen to get stuck in to making it. Some basic instructions came in the kit including the statement that it should take 6 hours to complete (remember...6 hours!).
This project was one of the most labour intensive projects I have ever done. I added an extra touch by stripping some sandbags into threads to add to it.
The stats: The netting strip for the body of the poncho is 9ft long and 5ft wide and over 3000 individual netting squares. Five colours were used, although the company's ‘brown’ looked purple so I didn’t use much of it.
Build time: Remember the time the paperwork said? 6 hours. My time taken to get it finished as per the instructions....27 hours!!! I spent several hours a day tying knot after knot after knot. It was very tedious and looked as though it would never end. I have now finished as per the instructions but still intend to add some strips of auscam to it and cover any yawning gaps. See the following posts for the pics.