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.

Bird photography is a growing passion among enthusiast photographers.

First thing to do 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.

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Bird tray feeders give you a better view of the birds.

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Bird Feeder Anchor

Be sure you put a good anchor in the ground to support the feeder, I use to 1/2 inch pipe about it 18 inches long cemented into the ground. I then another pipe about the feet long and connect the bird feeder to that pipe. I have several anchors in my yard so I can easily move the feeder to different locations depending on the time of the year. I locate the feeder so I have a natural background of 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.

Bird Feeder

Feeder with clear Plexiglass glass

I make a roof over the feeder with clear Plexiglass glass. This protects the bird feed when it’s raining and gives the birds cover but does not reduce the light hitting the feeder.

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Camouflage Deck Door

I removed the door from my screened in porch and made a Camouflage door by using Camouflage material found online and PVC pipe. https://tinyurl.com/y8lkqbhk.

What’s in Bob’s bag
OM-D E-M1 Mark II
M.Zuiko 40-150mm F2.8 Pro
M.Zuiko ED 300mm F4.0 IS Pro
M.Zuiko Digital 1.4x Teleconverter MC-14
M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 Pro
M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 Pro
M.Zuiko ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye Pro
M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS Pro
M.Zuiko 17mm f:2.8 Lens
M.Zuiko ED 60mm f2.8 Macro
Manfrotto MHXPRO-BHQ2 XPRO Ball Head
Manfrotto 265CB CF Tripod
Manfrotto 290 Carbon Fiber Monopod

Next blog

Making your backyard bird friendly and Choosing the type of bird feed.

 

Hoover Mason Trestle Re-visited

The Hoover Mason Trestle in the evening.

The Hoover-Mason Trestle at Sunset

Moon rise at the Trestle

Hoover-Mason Trestle

Location: SteelStacks, 711 First Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Hoover Mason Trestle

Hoover-Mason Trestle

The Hoover Mason Trestle, at the former Bethlehem Steel Plant, used as a narrow gauge railroad to carry the coke, limestone and iron ore to make the iron from the ore yards to the blast furnaces. Now a public walkway designed to be a museum,  community recreation resource and attraction.  The trestle stands 46 feet tall and 2,000 feet long. Opened on June 25, the Hoover Mason Trestle located along the blast furnaces with one entrance at the Visitor Center and another at either end of the Gas Blowing Engine House providing access from the Sands parking lot or PBS 39 end of the campus.

The Hoover-Mason Trestle was completed in 1907 and named after the Chicago-based engineers who designed it. For over 80 years, cars delivered raw materials including limestone, iron ore, and coke to the blast furnaces. Men worked around the clock, in three shifts, emptying carloads of materials into storage bins below.

The blast furnaces operated continuously and required constant feeding of materials. Tons of limestone, iron ore or pellets, and coke would be loaded into the furnace in layers. Hot air was blown in near the bottom to fuel the reaction.

Hoover-Mason Trestle

The Blower House generated the “wind” for the blast furnaces. Inside this building, rows of giant gas-powered engines pumped pressurized air out to the stoves. The stoves heated the air before it was forced into the furnace. This hot pressurized air reacted with the coke (fuel), producing intense heat and carbon monoxide.

Hoover-Mason Trestle

Location: SteelStacks, 711 First Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015