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How to create a backyard bird photo studio

backyard bird photo studio
The author’s backyard setup includes a camouflage blind, a tray feeder, and tripods to hold perches for birds above the feeder. Here the setting attracts Northern Cardinals, a Blue Jay, a Red-bellied Woodpecker, and a Mourning Dove. Photo by Alan Murphy

The instant image feedback from digital cameras and the lighter weight of many of today’s telephoto lenses have spurred many birdwatchers these days to carry photo equipment into the field. And many of them practice their bird photography in their backyards.

Your backyard bird feeders can provide a steady stream of photographic subjects. One advantage is that the birds become familiar with you and are usually not scared away, allowing for a closer approach. You also have a predictable location where the birds will land, so you don’t have to chase them in the field.

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Alan Murphy

Alan Murphy

Alan Murphy is an award-winning bird photographer and a longtime contributor to BirdWatching. He is the author of several e-books and educational videos, and he has led bird-photography workshops for many years. He is currently offering personalized photography classes via Zoom.  

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