The complexity involved in Bird photography is what got me excited to this last year. It’s extremely challenging since everything is a variable – light, bird behavior, clutter around it, where it’s perched, and so on. For those, who are reluctant to put in this groundwork (and time), hides are a great opportunity for some close-up shots. The downside to this (if the hide is famous and frequented by enthusiasts), there will be a few 100 people with possibly the exact same shot. Apart from the fact that you are sort of meddling with the birds and their natural way of finding food/ water.
Personally, I am not a fan of hides. I had only heard of them, never used one. Until now.
Deb and I went to Satisha Sarakki‘s hide near Aagara lake on 22nd Feb 2021. And here are some of the close-ups I ended up getting.