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    Default How to set up perches etc for photos

    Hi all,

    After seeing some questions (including my own) in relation to Jan's great Yellow Rosella photograph, I thought it fitting to create a new thread/topic here where members can outline what they do to set up photographs.

    Are perches selected on a tree and simply "gardenend" (i.e. remove leaves and other distractions), or are perches actually tied/attached in some fashion?

    Secondly, how do you get the bird you are after to land on that perch? Do you call it in and play it by chance that it will select that perch to land on, do you put some food or something else to attract them to the perch? etc.

    Having never tried such a method before, I am sure myself and others would be interested to hear from those who select perches prior to the photograph being taken.

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    here's one link. I am sure some of you have seen it already.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VjeeShmcpFQ

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    hat's what I did in my backyard back in Germany.

    In the wild, I mostly use tape, sometimes water. Or I find spots where the birds like to land anyways

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    Great idea for a thread Dale! I know it is a question that alot of people ask so here's hoping this generates some informative discussion.
    Thanks Jan for that link! Great work seeing the set-up.
    Jan when attracting birds with calls like the Rosella image - do you try to set up a perch in an open area so that this is the only perch for them to land on?
    Cheers, Dave

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    that merely depends on what the birds like and usually is try and error until you figure out what that particular species like and will do and what it won't accept...ideally it is like you describe it, but many birds wouldn't land on it then
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    Jan, what resource do you use for bird recordings?

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    Buy a copy of Alan Murphy's Guide to songbird set-up photography. It's around $50 shipped to Oz, it's the best thing you can buy to learn how.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Blyth View Post
    Jan, what resource do you use for bird recordings?
    Adam the best recordings are the BOCA CDs but the Morcombe iPhone App has alot of good recordings too and is alot cheaper than the whole set of BOCA calls. Both will do the job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Stowe View Post
    Adam the best recordings are the BOCA CDs but the Morcombe iPhone App has alot of good recordings too and is alot cheaper than the whole set of BOCA calls. Both will do the job.
    Morcombe app is also available on Android if you have an Android phone (like I do!). I have it on both my ipod touch and phone, but the one on the phone gets more use
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    I wish there was a BOCA set without that annyoing Voice all over the recordings

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    You can edit those annoying voices out Jan. If you can use Photoshop, a bit of sound editing will not kill ya.

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    Alan's guide is fantastic to get an idea of what's going on, especially in regards to food and water.

    This using calls is always a bit of an issue with some people, no one really like to show their techniques there....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ákos Lumnitzer View Post
    You can edit those annoying voices out Jan. If you can use Photoshop, a bit of sound editing will not kill ya.
    If it was only the beginnings....yes, but all these sub species?

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    Interesting reading, this about perches/recorded calls - leads to a question as to what should be noted on a photo taken under such conditions, is it necessary to note an 'artificial' perch was used??
    I'd guess most would agree that anything that is used by us humans to influence a birds' behavior, whether calls, feed baits, 'gardening' should be noted?
    I'm looking into putting up a perch or two in my backyard, as the trees around here are not the best to photograph birds on ....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan Wegener View Post
    If it was only the beginnings....yes, but all these sub species?
    I know! Pain in the bum!
    Call playback is certainly a polarizing topic and I agree that alot of people are reluctant to be honest about it. That was a big reason behind Heyns excellent thread in the educational forum about call playback. Much better to have it out in the open and discuss it rather than it being a dirty secret.

    @ John64 - yes i agree that it would be great if people added all this info to their posts. Certainly helps people learn - plus I'm always curious by nature
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    You'll find that many "set up" bird photographers are quite guarded about their techniques/secrets so it's great to see some info about the topic. Alan has been very generous to provide a step by step guide to his practices as has Jan in this thread.

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