After watching the Blue Jays visit the feeders from a distance only to have them stop coming to the feeders when I set up within suitable range for my 400mm lens I decided to try a different approach today. After erecting my old Ameristep Outhouse blind in a suitable location and opening the front window just enough to shoot through the Jays quickly accepted the blind and returned to feeding. They were a little apprehensive about the camera & lens movement but still comfortable enough to allow me to photograph them extensively.
My goal when photographing any wildlife is to capture it in as natural a stetting as possible. Our feeders for the most part are made of hollow logs with natural knot and woodpecker holes. However the most natural shots come when the birds perch on surrounding brush and weeds.
This Blue Jay chose to perch on the weathered and broken poke stems that grow beside one feeder.
Blue Jays were not the only birds who responded well to the use of the blind and I will be sharing some of those images in the coming days.
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