Photographing Backyard Birds

This is the first in a series for backyard bird photography.

The first part of this blog is about how to attract birds to your backyard.  First thing is to build or purchase a bird feeders.  I’m going to show you how to build feeders branches from your trees.  This will  give you a natural setting to place you feed.

To be successful with bird photography you need to some advanced planning. To start you need a feeder to attract the birds. I build my own feeders using natural materials. 

Building Feeders

Plan your feeder to make it look natural. I build them out of drop off wood from my trees.

When you place your feeder keep in mind the angle of the sun and other elements that could cause shadows. Also watch your background, be sure you are not seeing your neighbors house or car.

I have several anchor so I can move the feeders depending on the time of the year.

My anchors are made of one inch black pipe set in cement three feet long placed into the ground 2 feet.

I use Olympus Micro Four Thirds system and the Four Thirds system,, mostly the OM-D EM-1, EM-5 Mark II and now the newest model the OM-D EM-1 Mark II..

  • Olympus OM-D/E-M1
  • Olympus OM-D/E-M1 Mark II
  • OM-D EM-5 Mark II
  • Four Third Lens
    • 50-200mm
    • 75-300mm
    • 1.4 Extender
    • Adapter for Micro Third Lens
  • Micro Third Lens
    • 40-150mm f:2.8
    • 300 mm f:4
    • 1.4 Extender

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