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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4200 on: January 19, 2014, 09:04:56 AM »
Bosque surprise, "It's not nice to mess with Mother Nature" or "Why bird photographers should always wear a hat"

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« Reply #4201 on: January 19, 2014, 09:36:09 AM »
Bosque surprise, "It's not nice to mess with Mother Nature" or "Why bird photographers should always wear a hat"

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« Reply #4202 on: January 19, 2014, 08:53:45 PM »
Very friendly chickadees.....
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« Reply #4203 on: January 19, 2014, 09:03:33 PM »
Very friendly chickadees.....

What great shots, charming to see them on your hand like that and the one fanned out flying away is a nice view that I haven't seen before, well done

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« Reply #4204 on: January 20, 2014, 12:38:58 AM »
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« Reply #4205 on: January 20, 2014, 12:42:44 AM »
Very friendly chickadees.....
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« Reply #4206 on: January 20, 2014, 07:28:40 PM »
Trick shot of the day.  Still having trouble getting new models.  What should I offer them?

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« Reply #4207 on: January 20, 2014, 07:49:12 PM »
Trick shot of the day.  Still having trouble getting new models.  What should I offer them?

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Black Oil Sunflower Seed. Its like catnip for birds (well, most songbirds, lot of woodpeckers, and a variety of other "backyard" species.)

The sunflower seed is the initial attractant. It has a very clear smell, which can sit on the wind for miles. After that, you want red and white millet, nyjer, safflower, peanuts, and berries.

Keeping suet in some cages near or on your perches, especially suet with lots of nuts, will help attract woodpeckers. (Best to actually drill some holes in that main log of your setup, and fill them with suet...woodpeckers LOVE that, and they will perch perfectly and naturally while they guzzle it down.)

Nyjer seed is great for finches...house finch, purple finch, goldfinch, etc. You can even get a variety of dried thistles, fill the back side of them with Nyjer to attract finches right to them, and get some great shots.

Safflower is like Chickadee candy. They LOVE Nyjer, and will usually snatch a kernel, then peck at it while clinging to a small branch. The sit still for quite a while, and frequently poke their heads up for ideal shots. Juncos love safflower as well, however Juncos are ground feeders. You will probably want a platform feeder with a cover and a small hole underneath your setup (preferably some local bush and tree branches clipped or strapped to some tripods), so that the birds will have a place to "queue up" on sightly perches while they wait their turn at the seed on the tray.

Chickadees will eat peanuts, or at least peck away parts of peanuts. Peanuts, especially whole peanuts in their shells are especially loved by the jays. Blue, Scrub, and Stellar's Jays just LOVE whole peanuts, and will grab them, then fly off and hide them for later. Jays also like whole corn kernels, and will even eat them right off dried corn on the cob if it is easy to get at. Juncos seem to have a particular fondness for cracked corn pieces as well.

Fruit and berries are great attractants for things like waxwings, oreols, etc. Oranges are great for oreols, they will peck away at whole slices even. Waxwings like berries on the bush, small crab apples in the tree. I don't get any of them in my yard, as they are more of a northern resident (they are boreal birds, so they spend the vast majority of their time in the north.) Waxwings will guzzle down berries buy tossing them into the air and catching them in their throats, so if you actually have bushes that grow berries (or small crab apple trees) they like in your yard, that is most ideal. Cedar Waxwings are particularly fond of Redcedar (juniper) berries.

Some birds like bluebirds and in some cases chickadees and tits are very fond of grubs. Sometimes they will happily eat freezdried mealworms, however most of the time they prefer the live thing.

I don't know what other birds you may have in your area. Best to pick up a bird guide and do some research, figure out what kinds of birds are around and what they eat.
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« Reply #4208 on: January 20, 2014, 08:10:17 PM »
Wow Jon, you never cease to amaze me!  ;) I'll place the order with my wife right away.

My new prop will have an old office chair base with a ring cup welded above kind of like a Christmas tree holder with set screws and since the ring is very sturdy it'll get various attachments around it so that it can receive small trees, branches, etc.

I guess you could say this beats nothing, which is what I was getting before, this winter.  Walking in the snow there's so little to shoot around here.

Almost got focus on this guy.

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« Reply #4209 on: January 20, 2014, 08:24:38 PM »
Wow Jon, you never cease to amaze me!  ;) I'll place the order with my wife right away.

My new prop will have an old office chair base with a ring cup welded above kind of like a Christmas tree holder with set screws and since the ring is very sturdy it'll get various attachments around it so that it can receive small trees, branches, etc.

I guess you could say this beats nothing, which is what I was getting before, this winter.  Walking in the snow there's so little to shoot around here.

Almost got focus on this guy.

Jack

Based on your latest shot, you could probably put sunflower and safflower seed in the top of that stump, and attract tons of birds. I would also drill some small holes just slightly to the back side from the side that faces your camera along the vertical part of the stump. Drill them a couple inches deep, and pack in some suet made out of nuts. You can usually find it under the name "Woodpecker's Treat" or something similar. That should attract a good variety of woodpeckers, and they perch superbly right on the side of the stump, so you have them in the perfect position for a great photograph. They will peck at the suet a bit, then they will look out, directly at you, and that's the moment you take the shot. Sometimes, they will just lightly tap their bill against the wood, or even rest it against the wood, and that makes for some good shots as well.

I did this with my setup recently, however I was in the middle of setting it up when all the birds came. I didn't actually get everything situated properly, so I wasn't able to get any good shots (in almost every one, one of my suet cages was in the frame, and I just hate having man-made things in my bird photos.) Sadly, that seemed to be the one day all the birds were around. I've only had a few finches and a couple chickadees since, and they don't seem too interested in my setup at the moment. I'm hoping the woodpeckers come back soon enough, though...the Downy Woodpecker that was here on that day made some perfect poses on the side of my little stump.
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Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Reply #4210 on: January 20, 2014, 08:37:48 PM »
Thanks Jon.  Some of what you've suggested is already done, but you've provided great advice.  I would be blown away if a pileated woodpecker would drop by.  I've seen them fly over but never could get close, except just once some years back.

Now what's the chance of getting somebody to nest in the cavity in June? ;)

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« Reply #4211 on: January 20, 2014, 08:39:50 PM »
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« Reply #4212 on: January 20, 2014, 08:43:51 PM »
Don Haines, one day soon when it's a little warmer I'll try to get some chickadee shots like you've done.  I'm sure it's a thrill.  Right now they come and sit on the rail about 2 to 3 feet from my head.

Not sure my 6D is going to cooperate with any flight shots though.  I could go with a wider lens I guess

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« Reply #4213 on: January 20, 2014, 08:46:07 PM »
2n10, what a beauty!  You forgot to give us the details though. ;)

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« Reply #4214 on: January 20, 2014, 08:47:58 PM »
Don Haines, one day soon when it's a little warmer I'll try to get some chickadee shots like you've done.  I'm sure it's a thrill.  Right now they come and sit on the rail about 2 to 3 feet from my head.

Not sure my 6D is going to cooperate with any flight shots though.  I could go with a wider lens I guess

Jack
They will do almost anything for black oil sunflower seeds....   Get them used to you being around with the seed beside you, then try it in the hand....
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