Once you get into a floating hide, time flies! You discover a new world at the water level and get magnificent shots of instinctive bird behavior. You can move freely around your subject, controlling the light incidence and experimenting with creative backgrounds. The possibilities are endless, from white skies to black shadow reedbeds, forest backgrounds, or shooting straight into the sun’s reflection hanging low over the water, creating a dreamlike bokeh atmosphere around the bird. Add to this the enormous variety of species, and you can see why this is an impressive setting for nature photography.