All the photos in this gallery are taken in my front garden (apart from the wagtails which were taken in the back garden) Although the garden is quite small I manage to attract a good number of species by feeding a large variety of food.
Some of the photographs have been taken from an open bedroom window with the camera mounted on a hide clamp attached to the bedroom windowsill. I have a tall high backed chair that I can sit on that brings me up to just the right height. Others have been taken from just inside my front door, again using the tall high backed chair.
There are some advantages in a small garden in that the birds are well within range of my 400mm lens and there is unlimited tea or coffee on tap. The disadvantage of this is that in the mornings I'm shooting into the sun (when it happens to shine anyway) so It's usually an afternoon or dull morning job and then I often have to use flash to get the detail I like.
The feeding station itself is a metal pole construction with four arms for hanging feeders on. As I'm sure you will be aware black metal and feeders aren't the best looking setting for bird photography so I have overcome this by fastening natural looking branches to the metal pole. This is achieved by using plastic tie wraps that can be bought from garden centres. The branches project well above the actual feeders so the birds use the branches to perch before dropping down to the feeders and this provides great photo opportunities. The branches can easily be changed when they are past there best.
Cheating some may say but this is why I have given you this information, as long as it's stated that this is how it's done it's a matter of personal opinion if it's cheating or not. Anyway I see no difference in this method than baiting certain spots in the wild to attract certain species, same end result.
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