Kearton’s Imitation Ox

In his efforts to obtain photographs of some of the shyest birds, an English author resorted to the most ingenious devices, one of which was an imitation ox made of a bullock skin stretched over a wicker frame. Concealed in this with his camera, the lens of which peeped out of a hole in the chest, the naturalist photographer took observations and obtained some excellent pictures. An artificial sheep also proved of great service when studying birds of the moors and mountains, its realistic appearance never failing to deceive, and making it a useful hiding place.
Source: The Canadian Magazine - April 1904

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     Posted By: Alex - Sun Apr 19, 2015
     Category: Photography and Photographers | 1900s





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So, if I'm reading this right the guy made a hide out of a hide so he could hide while taking birds that like to hide away from people unless they were hiding in a hide hide.

Fortunately, for me, I'm hiding far away from y'all so you can't give me a hiding.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 04/19/15 at 12:04 PM
@Expat -- If this site had an 'upvote' or 'like' option, I'd create dozens of sock puppets to boost your rating for that comment!
Posted by Phideaux on 04/19/15 at 03:05 PM
If I was to try this, I'd spray paint it fluorescent orange. I may not get as many bird shots,but it would help prevent some nimrod from taking a shot at me!
Posted by BMN on 04/19/15 at 05:07 PM
For bird pics? What a bunch of bull! (Hey, where are the Smiley's?)
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 04/19/15 at 09:41 PM
One wonders if the sheep didn't serve double-duty for those long, lonely nights on the moors.
Posted by Foxx (in a box) on 04/20/15 at 12:24 AM
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