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Alan McDonnell(non-registered)
I've had a fantastic day at Marks hide. I've took some lifelong ambition photos of a fantastic Kingfisher. She came within minutes of setting up, the hide is comfortable and well set out. The female came about every hour for 5 hours - I took over 2000 shots on the day and you soon work out the best way of getting the best shots of the bird - I even had a Red Kite visit the nearby trees. Thanks Mark - I intend on returning soon.
Graeme Cave(non-registered)
Mark has a fantastic setup. I took some of my best photographs ever. His knowledge of the birds is second to non. A great day and I will definitely be back.
Nicola Usher
A great day in the hide on my first visit. I was there for about 6 or 7 hours and I was worried I might not see much but as soon as I sat down the kingfisher came over to the perch. Had about 7 visits from the male kingfisher, the longest stay on the perch was 35 minutes, then it came back again 15 minutes later for it's last visit maybe 10-15 minutes on the perch. The longest gap waiting for the kingfisher was 1 hour 15 minutes. Mark showed me how to change the perches. I took 1694 photos and managed to get some nice close shots that I've been wanting to get for a long time. The hide was warm and nice and quiet.

I hope to come back and hopefully see the male and female together and get a few more action shots, maybe at some point even try the diving shots. Thanks Mark.
Tony Pay(non-registered)
The day I booked turned out to be a filthy wet & windy day but it did not stop the Kingfishers from turning up. I must have taken approx 400 photos on the day. The hide was very good and comfortable. Thanks Mark
Craig Lindsay(non-registered)
Spent two fantastic days at Mark's hide - one in March shooting perch shots and one in May concentrating on diving images. Lost count of the number of visits on each occasion (certainly over 20), and came away with shots that I'm delighted with. Certainly intend to return! Thanks Mark.
Paul Bailey(non-registered)
Fantastic day. Had about 10 visits to the perch over about 6 hrs on a very cold day. Some fantastic keepers and few 4k videos. Will be back in the spring. Thanks Mark
David Hirst(non-registered)
Rang mark and he had an available slot on the sunday,i did say as soon as a slot was available i'd be there. He showed me round the set up and left me to it. Its October and i was sat for over 4 hours before i got a visit. Then another two visits over the next 3-4 hours. Just the male this day. I will be back either in winter or maybe spring will be better for female visits too when they are breeding. But its a great day if you want to photograph kingfishers real close. Best thing is they do stick around when they perch up.
Thanks Mark
Martin Yelland(non-registered)
I had a brilliant day at Mark's hide. Without his help I wouldn't have got the shots I went home with. A wonderful place, I cannot wait to go back in early spring. Apparently the autumn isn't the best time for kingfisher, but I still had about 12 visits which I was delighted with. See you in '17 Mark.
Simon Oldfield(non-registered)
Thanks for your amazing kingfisher day really lots of photo opportunities really enjoyed it
Your help on set up etc was fantastic thank you so much
Martin Evans(non-registered)
A great day today at The Kingfisher Hide. It is stating the obvious to anyone who has seen Mark's photographs but he knows these birds, takes great photographs and is passionate about them.
It was muddy, the hide/shed is small, cold sat there for 9+ hours but oh my, you don't get this anywhere else I've been. I've found Kingshers in a number of places around Yorkshire (and had some success) but have often spent 6+ hours sat there for nothing. Not here. Within 5 minutes of Mark showing me around I had both male and female kingfishers within 10ft of the hide. I lost count of the number of visits but it was well over 15 in 8 hours and on 2 occassions both male and female.
It is not RSPB or YWT "anywhere" with their level of visitors, packed hides, noisy visitors and dogs running mad. It is what I'd like, a quiet, uninterrupted place, with surperb photographic opportunities you won't get anywhere else I know.
Thanks Mark.
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