The Bird Feeder for lots of Birds

Every year I waste money on plastic and cheap metal feeders, but this year I was in a Plaster on my right foot from April to September. While I sat there looking at last year’s feeders, an idea came into my head.

With my Carving Power tools I realised I could make a feeder.

I found some old bits of Birch in the woods, or you could use drift wood if clean of oil or detergent. Make a large groove along the top that will hold seed and make some holes with a drill for putting fat balls in. If you drill holes through from the top that will release any rain water that collects in the hollowed out area.

The birds can eat in peace all together and they feel safe being next to each other, plus it makes a great stage for flight shots as they come into land as not all birds fly onto the perch – some hover above the feeder.

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I am 63 years old and and since a boy have had an interest in wildlife and in particular birds. I help my Dad with the rearing of young finches and other birds. I had many small birds as pets and as i got older and joined the Military i purchsed my first Camera, and fold out Kodak. Over a 22 year period i enjoyed many countries outside the uk and observed many species of birds. When i left the military in 2000, i bought my first digital camera a Canon 450D with a Tamron 70-300 and started my journey on capturing images of birds and animals. I quickly learned that there was a lot more to getting a good image of a bird, so i started to research the best settings for my camera in order to capture a better image. Over a 12 month period i realised that needed to invest in a better camera and lens and after research bought a Canon 50D and a 100-400 Lens. It was 2013 when i really got to grips with the setup and came across a lovely Short Eared Owl. From that meeting i started to concentrate on Owls as they fasinated me. From Canon to Olympus i recently jumped ship again to Sony. The variety of birds i have captured over a 10 year period is vast and at present i have a wildlife hide in lancashire where most of my images are captured.

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