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    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.
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    Starting the build. Still a long way to finish from this point.



    Creating a random pattern is just not in our nature, and I think this slowed me down a tiny bit.



    Halfway through the knot tying....only about 1500 to go.



    Finished and backyard photos (don't really show it's camouflage effectiveness). Pics by my daughter.



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    Aah, it's a bunyip, RUN!!!

    Great work Lucky, and based on how much effort you put into it, I reckon the birds should see you at all...

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    You'd want to be able to get within 3 feet after all that effort.
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    absolutely fantastic what a stellar effort.. now....can you make me one please

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    I'm hoping this will be used in place of where you would either usually use a hide, except that I can be far more mobile than moving a big dome hide to follow the birds or with more untrusting birds like Southern Emu-wren, Mangrove Gerygone etc where a dome hide isn't practical to set up. It'll fit in a backpack and takes 20 seconds to throw on, so I won't have to walk everywhere in it
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    I imagine you don't get too hot in it either with a fair bit of air flow. Would that be right? Great effort Darryl

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    whoops I wet myself

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    I should ban you for excessive use of emoticons

    As I said on Wednesday night, I was expecting you to have a chuckle, but we'll see how it goes for bird photography first then I may join you in some chuckles.

    Always some silly paintballer who'll buy it if it doesn't work, or a good halloween costume
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    You should get some great photos before you scare the local kids witless! That is an absolute classic - only the keenest of photographers would kit up in that! Fantastic!

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    You may be arrested if seen in a park near any children!! Cheers Jack.
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    I see a market for those, the SAS will no doubt be in touch
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    Well believe it or not I think it actually works.

    Today I did a quick trip to the Sandspit before a bird survey and actually got to enjoy waders doing what they do in close proximity and not focussing on me. I had Eastern Curlews land right in front of me, until the Pied Oyc parents chased them off immediately. These birds are usually super skittish so for them to land with me nearby was a treat...albeit a brief one. Red capped plovers walked past my feet on their way to a bath in the low tide puddles.

    A twitcher saw me at the sandspit and didn't wet his pants by laughing. He thought I was keen but was interested in it. I have decided I need to use it only were I intend to setup as crawling was a bit fiddly, but do-able.

    Can't wait to give it a good try out over the xmas break.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Shick Lord Howe
    You may be arrested if seen in a park near any children!! Cheers Jack.
    Always the danger of that... Not too much defense in being found hiding in a bush with a camera lens...
    I think you'd have more problems with the five year olds trying to pet you though Lucky
    Glad to see the results are favourable.
    Paul has a tank top version, but I think he only wears it out to special club nights

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    Default Re: Latest DIY project in the war for closer photos

    I can see how this will be one of your most important pieces of kit. Looks fantastic!!!! I think I'm gonna have to get me one. I wouldn't be surprised if you end up with a few stories of Fairy-wrens landing on you to hunt in the long "grass".

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