How to set up a feeding station
Bring birds within reach of your lens by feeding them regularly. You can gradually move the feeders closer to your shooting location over a period of days or weeks, allowing you to shoot through an open window of your house if you so wish.
Find a suitable spot in your garden where you can frame the birds against a distant, distraction-free background. Spend some time seeing how the light changes in your garden through the day, as this will have an impact on the best place to position your feeders and perches.
You don’t have to fit your bird photography around your existing trees and shrubs. Instead, build up a collection of photogenic fallen branches that you can clamp in front of your chosen backdrop. Position a feeder out of shot and the birds will land on the ‘artificial’ perch before heading to the food.
Types of food
To attract the widest range of birds, put out a broad variety of food. Be prepared to wait days or weeks for the birds to get accustomed to new feeders – just make sure you keep them topped up.
Set up a hide to use in your garden wildlife photography
Setting up a hide near to your feeding station will enable you to get frame-filling shots. To get the birds used to its presence, set it up weeks before you’ll use it. Poke an empty drinks bottle out of the window as a substitute lens, and gradually move the hide a little closer to the feeders each day.
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PAGE 2: Best camera settings for garden wildlife photography
PAGE 3: How to set up a feeding station
PAGE 4: Choosing the right wildlife photography location
PAGE 5: Look for frozen water
PAGE 6: Getting the best results from long lenses
PAGE 7: Why you want to get close to animals
PAGE 8: Key techniques for getting close to wildlife
PAGE 9: How to set up a hide
PAGE 10: How to shoot from a car window
PAGE 11: Wildlife photography in iconic locations
PAGE 12: Don’t forget the basics of wildlife photography
PAGE 13: How to protect your gear