2 weeks ago I wrote that I planned to try 2 solutions to creating a perfect backyard bird photography studio. One would be purchased and the other homemade. Both would require some customization but my goal was to do this in a manner that would be easy enough for anyone to replicate. I decided on the “Effortless Bird Feeder” as my purchased option, you can read about it here.
So after a few days of using my pimped out bird feeder, I have to say I made the right choice. The results have been truly amazing. I was able to use this combo in the middle of the blizzard we had last week. I will post some of the bird images on Friday but suffice it to say that it held up well to 60 mph winds and 18 inches of snow with 4 ft drifts.
Below are some images I made of how I added the perches. Remember, my intention was to do this in a way that any of my readers could replicate with no need for power tools or mechanical knowledge. At some point after using the feeder, I might change the perches but so far I have been very happy with the results.
The first thing you need to do is find branches that will make perches suitable to the birds in your area.
Below is the back of the unit once complete.
These might not be the best pictures of the unit, I only had my iPhone with me when I took them, but I think you get the point.
The most important element however is that the birds love it and I have had many different species on the perches in just the first few days.
Enjoy making your studio and let me know if you have any other customization ideas for this unit.