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The 5 Most Common Birds You Can Photograph In Your Garden

From Wrens and Robins to House Sparrows and Blackbirds, the British Trust for Ornithology have shared their latest findings on which birds we'll be able to photograph in our gardens.

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When it comes to which birds you'll be able to photograph in your garden, it looks like the Wren might be the one you'll see the most but with their small size, it does mean that capturing them with your telephoto lenses might be a bit tricky!

According to the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). who have just finished their latest report which looks at the size of our bird populations, there are now 11 million Wren pairs across the UK. 

The other garden birds you'll see the most of are the Robin (7,350,000 pairs), House Sparrow (5,300,000), Woodpigeon (5,150,000) and Chaffinch/Blackbird who share the number five spot at 5,050,000 territories each.




Kit Choices & Top Tips

If reading about the humble garden bird has got you thinking about a spot of bird photography, you're going to need a telephoto zoom (300-400mm) for capturing frame-filling shots and a tripod is essential.

You will need to be quite close to the birds even if you are using a lens with plenty of reach as they are really tiny things and can be easily lost in your background. Sitting in a hide can help you or you could sit in an outbuilding if you don't own one. 

Other top tips include feeding the birds, using props and ensuring the tops of tail feathers are sharp. 

For more advice, have a read of our '10 Quick Tips On Photographing Garden Birds'. There are also plenty of excellent examples of bird photography over in the Gallery that are well worth a peruse. Plus, if you upload your own bird photography examples, you could win our 'Photo of the Week' title along with a 64GB MicroSD card with SD adapter courtesy of Samsung.

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