Re: Getting perfect pose
I use a modified version of what Arron & Paul have been discussing. That is I look for a natural setup/setting that provides a clean background and I know that the perch is favoured by a bird (part of its habit). I then stake out a position & wait, whether I use a hide or not depends on the species. (eg; shy & recluse species i will definitely use a hide & for others I will even remain out in the open.
I sometimes use playback but that also depends on the species, the season and even the type of call I have. A word of warning here. Some species get extremely agitated if they cannot find the source of the call - Rufous Whistlers come to mind. When that happens I turn the playback off.