Backyard Bird Photography Tips

Bird photography is one of the best ways to create a permanent record of your sightings.

The best place to practice and improve your photographic skills is right in your own backyard. Many professional bird photographers sit in blinds for hours, days or even weeks to get the perfect bird photographs. As a backyard bird watcher, you actually have a few advantages over professional bird photographers.

  • Your bird blind is your house.
  • The birds actually come to you so you know where to find them.
  • You can study your subjects and anticipate their behavior.

Dove on a bird feeder

Professional photographers have an advantage in that they can spend thousands of dollars for camera equipment. But you do not need to spend a lot of money for camera equipment to be successful.

I will show you how to produce wonderful pictures of birds using the equipment that you probably already own. There are some things that you can do to improve your chances for capturing great pictures.

  • Camera Knowledge
  • Proper Planning
  • Good Technique
  • and Patience

All of these, combined with a little luck, should provide you with wonderful pictures and memories for years to come.

If you want more than still pictures of wild birds, you may want to videotape the birds at your bird feeders. You can even use a camera called a feeder cam or nest box cam. These can give you never before views of the birds around you.

Once you have your bird photographs what are you going to do with them? Do you want to showcase your skills for your local bird club members? Maybe use your bird pictures to enhance your birding journal? Whatever you decide, there are many ways to organize and display your photographs.

Once you have gained some experience with bird photography in your backyard, you may want to try your skills in the field. Taking photographs in the field gives you an opportunity to photograph more species of wild birds in a more natural setting.

The most important thing to do is HAVE FUN! Learning how to take pictures of the birds you love will enhance your enjoyment of backyard bird watching.

If you are keeping a bird watching journal, you can use your new bird photography skills to enhance your descriptions.

Here are some beautiful hummingbird pictures for you to enjoy.


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