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    How to hide your voice: Noise-cancelling bird photography blind

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    Getting close to birds is a great challenge in wildlife photography. Bird photography blinds may be the most effective and least intrusive way if properly designed. However, the acoustic design of the blinds has been overlooked so far. Herein, we present noise-cancelling blinds which allow photographing birds at close range. Firstly, we conduct a questionnaire in the eco-tourism centre located in Yunnan, China. Thus, we determine the birders' expectations of the indoor sound environment. We then identify diverse variables to examine the impact of architectural and acoustic decisions on noise propagation. Finally, we examine the acoustic performance of the blinds by considering the birds' hearing threshold. The numerical simulations are performed in the acoustics module of Comsol MultiPhysics. Our study demonstrated that photography blinds require a strong and thorough acoustic design for both human and bird well-being.Comment: 26 pages, 11 figures. Revised argument in sections 2 and 4, results unchanged, references adde