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coolmom42 Silver Member Awarded for her enthusiastic support of the community and exemplifying the Nikonian mission “Share, Learn and Inspire” Nikonian since 30th Nov 2011Wed 02-Jan-13 01:10 AM
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"tips for backyard bird photos?"


McEwen, US
          

After the chaos of holidays, I'm getting set up to do some backyard bird photos. Last winter I was often frustrated by poor backgrounds, twigs in the way, and unattractive elements in the picture.

So I've ordered a pop-up blind that I can easily move as needed, or leave in the same spot for a while.

I got some ultra-flat spray paint (intended for camoflage painting) to paint the post and underside of my bird-feeder a natural brown, so if it's in a background there won't be a shiny metal thing sticking out like a sore thumb.

I'm going to make a suet/woodpecker feeder, by drilling holes in a downed limb and filling with suet, and hanging it below the regular feeder.

Also ran across this great info on setting up to photograph birds near a feeder:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Photography-Tips/Backyard-Bird-Photography-Setup-Tips.aspx

This gives some good ideas on how to position perches, some good ideas for varying materials, and tips on position relative to the feeder.

Any other suggestions/tips for success in the backyard?

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nwcs Silver Member Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Landscape and Wildlife Photography Nikonian since 15th Jan 2006Wed 02-Jan-13 01:12 AM
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Knoxville, US
          

I came across that same site and it looks good. For people who know Moose Peterson he has a publication called BT Journal. The iPad version had a free download specifically on backyard bird photography and had tons of tips. His blog has some great stuff about it, too.

  

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Knoxville, US
          

I came across that same site and it looks good. For people who know Moose Peterson he has a publication called BT Journal. The iPad version had a free download specifically on backyard bird photography and had tons of tips. His blog has some great stuff about it, too.

  

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McEwen, US
          

Googling it now! Thanks!

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very nice site. Have you checked Alan Murphy's site?

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McEwen, US
          

I just looked at it, and am VERY impressed. Lots of great ideas there. His idea of a ramp up to a perch for ground birds is wonderful----I will try it for doves (and of course squirrels, too!)

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Berwyn Heights, US
          

I take a lot of bird pictures in my backyard. I also built my own platform feeder, but I place branches on it. That allows me to take natural looking pictures of birds on branches right where they are going to feed. It works great!

By watching the birds for some time, I know that they will always perch in a nearby tree first before they go to the feeder. So, I can also concentrate on certain trees and branches and eventually, and quite regularly, they will perch where I'm looking and I'm ready to shoot.

I haven't needed to use a blind because if you're patient and stay in one place for a while, the birds get used to you and ignore you. Having done this for a while, I know the best places to set up for good backgrounds and settings.

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Olympia, US
          


There can be a lot of "down time" when the birds are not as active. Be sure to watch the birds. Each kind has its own special habits.

I have a couple bird feeders, with mixes of seeds, which cater to different species.

My feeder has sunflower seeds mostly, with some millet and peanuts. I get Chickadees, Juncos, Jays, grosbeaks, Flickers and more.

But there are those birds, who I see on the ground and not in the feeder, like White-crowned sparrows, towhees, quail.

My feeder is on a black post, between an ornamental plum tree and a large bush (a burning bush). The bush is green, until fall, when it turns into reds, orange and yellows.

Planting some favorites of other birds will bring hummingbirds for crocosmia, hanging plants like fuchsias.

If you want birds, you learn to make your yard look like THEY want.

With all those birds, you probably will get some hawks, too.



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McEwen, US
          

I had a hawk last winter--either a Cooper's or sharp-shinned, not sure which. Just saw it once, but evidence of it a couple of times. Also had a neighborhood cat, which I discouraged by throwing things at it. Haven't seen either this year.

One of my long-term plans is to turn a good bit of one end of my yard into a wildlife habitat.

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