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Photo adventures in the backyard
What is a photographer to do, if because of circumstances, financial, health, ankle bracelet, or just too damn lazy, all your photography has to be close to home for a period of time. One thing a person can do is make your own backyard safari.
My backyard safari started in the winter time shooting pictures of the winter birds out of the window. Putting bird seed feeders and suet cages helped bring the birds around but I wasn't getting the pictures I wanted. I quickly started changing things around.
Shooting backyard pictures in the winter in the snow
I got rid of most, not all, of the bird feeders. Even though I was shooting photos in the backyard I wanted the pictures to look as natural as possible. I found some more natural "props" for the birds. I set up a temporary fence and post in the backyard. Also, I put some stumps in the backyard. Then I put my camo blind on my back porch. This way I could photograph close up without scaring the birds off. The added bonus was I put an electric heater in the blind, so if I got cold ,I'd just turn on the heater for awhile........
Blind on the back porch
Blind with a/c heater inside
Photos of winter birds in the backyard
The mourning doves looked very graceful flying with the white snow background
The Starling are very fiesty and always fighting with each other
Sometimes other animals would show up
Then got the idea to use my GoPro to make videos of the birds
Starling having a difference of opinion
Bird chasing mourning dove off of log
Red bellied woodpecker protecting his territroy
This is the finish of part 1 of backyard safari
Part 2 photo blog explains the hummingbird project and the drunk squirrel project
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