3rd June 2013

Hide and seek the DIY way!

My wife bought a bird feeder last week and watching the activity around it I figured it must be possible to get some photographs.

At first I thought, right I need to buy a cheap hide to let me get close to the bird feeder and went straight to the source of all great value on the internet… ebay. Pausing for a second I thought wait now, lets work with what I have. So one rabbit hutch (rabbit only uses it under protest), spade, stake and a very questionable old duvet cover later…hey presto DIY hide for free! At the end of the blog I have included one picture of the hide for those of you who are interested.

I would like to thank John Rapple for helping identify the birds in the shots.

The birds in this shot are Common House Sparrows. There were a lot of them around this morning and they really enjoyed the food put out. I did set the ISO high to keep the shutter speed high in attempt to freeze movement. One thing I did learn is if your lens has stabilisation built in and you are using a tripod switch off the stabilisation as it slows down the shooting process slightly.

Settings : ISO 800, 300mm, f5.6, 1/160sec.

Tree Sparrow 5
Common House Sparrows


Starling and Common House Sparrow. These two did not share the tray for very long with the Starling taking over for a few minutes.

Settings : ISO 800, 300mm, f5.6, 1/160sec

Tree Sparrow Starling 1
Common House Sparrow  & Starling


Common House Sparrow on its own.  It was a bit later in the morning so I was able to lower the ISO which I think does make the picture a little sharper.

Settings : ISO 400, 300mm, f5.6, 1/250sec


Tree Sparrow
Common House Sparrow


I will add more bird pictures during the week. As promised here is the high quality hide!! As this was taken with my mobile phone I have no settings.

Hide Completed
Hide Completed


My animal library has these pictures and others here Animal World


Adding this to Sweet Shot Tuesday.
P52 Sweet Shot Tuesday with Kent Weakley