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Old Jun 9, 2004, 3:27 PM   #21
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Another common trick is to find branch that you can stick into the ground near the feeder. Or attach it to a poll that gets itnear the hight of the feeder. Put it somewhere that the background is undistracting and clean. The birds will quickly learn to perch there before moving over to the feeder... and you'll be read with the camera. This is a nice article about doing "backyard photography" that includes good tips like that:

http://www.naturephotographers.net/kt0101-1.html

Oh, and nice hummingbird photo. Very nice. I've never tried to photograph them... You don't see them that often down here, so finding one qualified more as luck than anything else. It's hard to photograph something that you see once or twice a year at predictable times.

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Old Jun 9, 2004, 4:07 PM   #22
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Thanks, Eric. That stick sounds like an excellent idea. And now I'm off to read the article...
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