Attracting Birds Into Your Garden To Give Great Photographic Opportunities

It is wonderful if you can establish a bird attracting garden to assist you in getting more opportunities to photograph a wide range of birds.  Generally there are two things birds need to be attracted to in your garden and that is food and water.

Water can be provided by providing a bird bath. A bird bath seems to attract many of the smaller varieties of birds such as wrens and finches and we also have a water dragon that will regularly visit our gardens bird bath.

Eastern Water Dragon


The provision of food will also help attract birds.  I find that one of the most natural ways is to grow lots of native varieties of plants such as flowering grevilleas and banksias. These types of vegetation will be excellent for birds such as honey eaters. Take great care with the food that you provide for the birds as some food for human consumption will not be good for the health of your bird visitors.

Grevillia, Robyn Gordon

I always use a seed mix of wild bird seed to attract the seed eating birds.  Many birds are also attracted to a mix of seed and crushed walnuts.

Some times I will also provide a perch for the birds, as in the image below, by hollowing out the perch at the top a little and place some seed mix in the hollowed out section, this makes it look more natural in the final image and will attract some of the seed eating birds.

There is a camera accessory brand called, “Small Rig” that manufacture photographic support rods, clamps, joiners,  etc that can be made up to support such a perch.

Below is a capture of a Common Sparrow sitting on a perch which I have provided with a few seeds at the top to attract the Sparrow.

The sparrow has been attracted by the seed on the perch and I have set the camera up on a tripod and taken the image with a remote cable so that I am some distance from the bird. This set up ensures that the birds act more naturally and are not affected by human presence.

A small bird house like that below can also be provided to be used as a feeder for the birds.  Also birds need to be able to find shelter in your garden if required.

Some of the birds I have been able to photograph in our backyard are as follows

  • Crested Pigeons
  • Spotted Doves
  • Superb Blue Wrens
  • Brown Honeyeaters
  • Blue Faced Honeyeaters
  • Rainbow Lorikeets
  • Little Wattlebirds
  • Sparrows
  • Magpie Larks
  • Noisy Miners
  • Masked Lapwings
  • Noisy Friar Birds
  • Pale Headed Rosellas

Also as we live near the water we see many water birds and also birds flying overhead such as:

  • White Bellied Sea Eagles
  • Pelicans
  • Pacific Black Ducks
  • Black Swans
  • Pied Cormorants
  • Royal Spoonbills

If you are interested in nature photography try some of the above methods to get stunning images.

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