Backyard Bird Restaurant

April 15, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Most of my readers have figured out that I am your basic cutup and not to be taken too seriously. But one of the semi passions of my life is birds of all kinds. My brother Bill and and my sister by law Rhonda sort of adopted me and got me started in watching birds at their home in Florida. It never ceased to amaze me at how many different kinds of birds would appear in all the feeders they supported in their backyard. Bill is a talented woodworker and would make all kinds of bird houses and feeders for the birds to visit. I would watch the birds on each trip to their house and wonder at how much enjoyment the birds would bring to a social event or while just hanging out on their covered back porch. So I decided to try it in Atlanta.

I have a very simple setup that is on a second story deck on the back of my home. My wife (thank goodness) shares the enjoyment that comes from all the little squeaks and whistles that we notice each day. With nesting season going on now it is particularly active in the back yard. The house is situated within several Oak, Sweetgum and Pine trees which seem to offer a lot of hiding places and of course nesting places for all our feathered friends...

  1. I have several devices that I use to photograph these little creatures. My office is centered on the second floor looking out over a deck and at the suet and seed feeders lined up on the railing of the deck. That allows me to be inside the office and shoot through the window at the birds on the feeders.
  2. Often I will set up a camera with a radio shutter release very near to the feeder allowing me to get extreme closeups with out using a major long telephoto lens. I have done this with external flash as well as just incident light sources. At first this annoys the birds but the hungrier they get the easier it is to hear the click of my camera and they just ignore it and eat away!Good Suet!
  3. Because this has been going on now for years I sometimes I will sit near the feeders (weather allowing) and snap away as they flit in and out to the feeders. (A side note here is that the squirrels were getting to be a problem with eating all the suet and not leaving enough for the birds. I now push ground pepper into the suet and the squirrels will not eat it any longer) The birds do not care the least and consume the suet as per the original plan!

As you can see the bird activity is in a highly active state here, This young Coopers Hawk just decided to sit and pose for me! LOL!Coopers Hawk on my Back PorchBR7A0235 and it allows me to continue to photograph birds while at work in my office. This of course allows me to stay in practice with my various lenses and cameras... lame excuse I know!

 

 

 


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