Even though Spring isn't for a couple of more months, with the unseasonably
warm weather we've had this winter, I've started planning my backyard
setup for photographing birds.
In 2015 I basically used two tree limbs, each attached to a Christmas tree
stand, with seed on top.
It worked, but not without issues.
One was size. The perch was big enough for the larger birds, like a woodpecker.
But if a smaller bird landed, let's say a Chickadee, the perch would be too
The second were those darn squirrels. Enough said on that.
This year I have a different plan.
I'll be using a single platform feeder on a 6 foot pole. To hold different perches,
I've attached a wooden ruler to the side of the feeder. The ruler has different
size holes, so I can interchange branches with ease.
To combat the squirrels I've read that they can't climb pvc pipe. So after I've
inserted the pole, I'm going to surround it with pvc pipe. For extra protection,
I'm going to use Vaseline or grease to make it even more slippery. I'm also
going to attempt to attach four baffles underneath the feeder at each corner.
The bird bath I have is going to remain unchanged except I'm going to lean
a limb/log against it. This should give the birds a landing spot, before diving
into the water.
For backgrounds, I'm having large posters made of different colors and textures
to be placed behind the feeder. The poster will probably be attached to a light
stand or two via clamps.