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Feed Stations / Baiting Stations...can I See Yours?

 
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May 18, 2010 07:22 |  #1

...Please :)

Im working on a few feeders for baiting garden birds for some photographs, please can i see your station?


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May 18, 2010 08:55 |  #2

I just use an old work bench out in the yard under the Lilac Bush. There can be 4 or 5 different species of birds on it at once. but it's not very photogenic, as most feeders aren't. The trick is to poke a photogenic stick into the dirt, near the feeders. A birds natural instinct is to land on that stick first, and either wait his turn at the feeder, or scope it out for threats. Most birds do this. It's instintual. So shoot them on the stick, not on the feeder.

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May 18, 2010 12:08 |  #3

Mitch,

Any type of wood stick works or you recommend a specific tree type?




  
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May 18, 2010 12:29 |  #4

Any type. I get the old dead ones with soft punky wood on the outside, or moss if I can find it. I change them every few months too, and the birds love it when I bring new sticks home. They get all excited and check them all out, like little kids with new playground stuff. :)


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May 18, 2010 16:09 |  #5

Thanks, i have designed my feeders between 2 smaller trees, both have natural perches on and the feeder is in the middle! How near is near?

the nearest natural perch is 3 meters away, i think i should bring a few added perches closer?


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May 18, 2010 16:15 |  #6

Well, mine are all within 17 feet or so of my window. I sit in here at my desk and shoot out the window into the yard. It's just the way it's set up. My sticks are all within a few feet of the food or bird bath though. You don't want them too far away or they won't use them except by accident. But pick the spot your going to be shooting from and plan it out, then keep in mind what the background in the frame is going to be when you start shooting, and the angle of light. You don't want to be shooting into the sun. Mine are all to the West of the window, so I can shoot from early morning until about 1pm or so. After that, the light is bad and in my face, unless it's a cloudy day.


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