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Bird Photography

Perry_95 7 59 1 Wales
30 Jan 2011 4:28PM
Hello all, i have seen many outstanding photgraphs of birds perched on branches etc. I then tried putting a perch next to a bird table but it seemed that all the birds used everything but my perch to stand on. Could somebody please tell me how to get the birds where you want them.

I think that maybe the birds hfound it easier to use the bird table, would it be better to put some sort of perch in an open space and spread food around it?

One last thing, where are the common places to catch owls in flight and what times are they out and about?

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Overread 9 4.1k 19 England
30 Jan 2011 4:54PM
You can certainly put a perch in an open area and put food nearby; I've read of some photographers who will do this earier in the day and then wander away for a walk - returning later when the birds have gathered and found the food (but not too late of course that they've eaten all the food).

You can also slip food into logs and I've even read of things like spreading peanut butter on the back of a branch - the idea being that the animal comes to get the food and you get a natural looking shot without the food lure being visible to the camera.
cheddar-caveman 14 1.1k England
30 Jan 2011 7:31PM
If you have a small, de leafed bush/small tree (and most are at this time of year), put your feeders on its branches. The birds will queue and squabble in the branches for their turn to feed. If you want Goldfinches, put a Niger seed feeder (with seeds). All the Tits love peanuts and fat.img-0114.jpg

cheddar-caveman 14 1.1k England
30 Jan 2011 7:38PM
Sorry for the blurr in the above image. This is my new 7D which is being exchanged later this week!
MikeRC Plus
13 3.6k United Kingdom
30 Jan 2011 7:49PM
Cut off a few decent sections of bush, fasten them to pieces of 1" stakes and fix the stakes adjacent to the food.
...you can even smear some of the branches with peanut butter, as has been suggested.
....with a 200mm lens you need to be close though....and patient....don't forget the tripod Smile

cheddar-caveman 14 1.1k England
30 Jan 2011 7:53PM
Further to my last, the most rewarding thing is to go to the birds rather than wait for them to come to you. Learn where they are, and their habits, and ambush them! I hid near a cliff edge (300ft up) for this one but it was well worth the wait!


KBan 13 502 4 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2011 8:29PM
i say get the birds to come to you, google the birds you are after and study them

I use hand picked perches, i drill holes in them and fill with food.

Stand back and be still. quiet and patient.

Tripod with lens focused on the pech

StrayCat 14 19.1k 3 Canada
31 Jan 2011 12:00AM
I like to call them to me;Wink


cheddar-caveman 14 1.1k England
31 Jan 2011 7:24AM
I'll go along with that! How long did it take to get it that tame?Grin
StrayCat 14 19.1k 3 Canada
31 Jan 2011 7:30AM
I think if you are relaxed around wildlife, they don't have as much fear. Btw, that's good old Canadian Cheddar, Cheddar.Wink

My wife dropped a bit of hot chicken wing one day, and they ate it; took me about 6 months to coax them back.Tongue
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2011 6:37PM
Just P.M'd you Perry


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