How to photograph birds in your garden

blue tit on bird feeder
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Bird photography is a popular subject among nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. Birds are colorful, interesting and varied, but taking sharp pictures of them isn't easy. Here, we'll share advice on how to photograph birds in your garden.

Birds move quickly, which makes focusing and exposure more challenging – and it's not always to find them in the wild. That's why photographing birds in your garden is a great place to start. You can roughly predict the bird activity, there's a guarantee of the sighting, you don't have to travel far, and can to some extent control the environment, putting up feeders in the best places.

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Lauren Scott
Freelance contributor/former Managing Editor

Lauren is a writer, reviewer, and photographer with ten years of experience in the camera industry. She's the former Managing Editor of Digital Camera World, and previously served as Editor of Digital Photographer magazine, Technique editor for PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, and Deputy Editor of our sister publication, Digital Camera Magazine. An experienced journalist and freelance photographer, Lauren also has bylines at Tech Radar,, Canon Europe, PCGamesN, T3, Stuff, and British Airways' in-flight magazine (among others). When she's not testing gear for DCW, she's probably in the kitchen testing yet another new curry recipe or walking in the Cotswolds with her Flat-coated Retriever.