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TOPIC: Remaining unseen - camo and UV

Remaining unseen - camo and UV 8 months 5 days ago #1625

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Greetings all. A few weeks back, I tagged along on a bird walk and noted that a few seasoned photographers used camo on their lenses - and indeed, some were wearing camo clothing. The consensus seemed to be that the birds were less likely to notice such coverings.

I was trolling around the web about this and noted a very few comments about UV. I've known birds see into UV for a while, but I never thought about brighteners in detergents and being "bright" to birds.

Any thoughts from the experienced on these points? It seems camo and detergent free of brighteners might make my efforts a little more successful??

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Shane Baker

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Remaining unseen - camo and UV 8 months 5 days ago #1626

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Hello Shane,
I am one who has fallen for the idea that some camo helps and I have camo pattern Lenscoat neoprene on my big white lenses and I often wear some camo clothing ranging from shirt, trousers, hat and balaclava if I am working close to lyrebirds to no camo in some other situations. There is a lot of evidence that many bird species are blue sensitive so I always avoid wearing blue clothing and try to discourage others from wearing blue.

Be aware that members of the public may be alarmed if you suddenly appear in full camo. I had this experience last winter when two walkers spotted me in Sherbrooke Forest and telephoned the police reporting a suspicious looking character carrying a 'weapon'. It was a wet day and I went home early before the police arrived but I learned about it the next morning when I was again in the forest in full camo and ran into a member of the Sherbrooke Lyrebird Survey Group who told me all about the drama. I telephoned the local police to 'fess' up and fortunately they were more amused than concerned. I am now careful not to put my camo balaclava on until off track where I am unlikely to be seen by members of the public.
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Remaining unseen - camo and UV 8 months 5 days ago #1627

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Thanks Ian.

I must confess that camo has a certain ... image in my mind regarding some people who wear it and I'm not that keen on wearing it for that reason.

I take your point about the blue end of the spectrum and I'm guessing that red would also stand out - especially for nectar feeders. I guess WWII "jungle green" might be a compromise! :)

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Remaining unseen - camo and UV 8 months 4 days ago #1628

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Hi Shane,
I regularly wear camo clothing and have a lot to chose from, I'm even the Australian Ambassador for Go Wild Camo from The States (great gear, but way too expensive).
I have, on more than a couple of occasions, been reported to Police and they DON'T see the funny side of things from my experience, at least up this way!
I only wear it 'out bush' because I have found that the birds in and about the city limits aren't too worried about people coming and going, unless you get too close.
As for your 'Jungle Greens', I think that you need a disruptive pattern to break up your outline, so that you blend in instead of being one big 'block of color'.
For or against, I'm definitely 'for'.
Oh BTW, the Go Wild Camo mob goes right into the color spectrum and detergents to use, sides of things. Their clothing is mainly for hunting Big Game with rifle and bow. . .
HTH,
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Remaining unseen - camo and UV 8 months 4 days ago #1629

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Thanks Bruce.
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Remaining unseen - camo and UV 8 months 4 days ago #1630

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Thanks Bruce.
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