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    where are the models !!
     
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    Great to see you having a go, look forward to the results. (y)

    I've lowered mine by another 2 inches to increase the width of the perspective on the water, whilst trying to keep the POV as low as possible too.
     
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    My eyeline at my desk is about 18 inches above the water. Just need the birds to get used to it and use it. Cleaned the window, and dropped the blind slightly, just need the sun to move around, early morning sun is direct at the window, but it does halo the robins well

    We had a large brown rat on the sunflower heart feeder yesterday evening, which was dispatched with the air rifle from the bedroom window. We had a huge issue with rats last year due to next door not being careful with their chicken feed. tried every humane trap without success, they just took the bait every time. They ended up getting a pest control company in and they found a huge family under their shed. Lets hope we've not got that again.
     
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    Shutter lag i guess :D
     
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    Well, Dales right, you need more of a pond for the reflection. Or maybe I'll lower the log
    A few seeds on the log got the robins interested, but they are non stop on he feeder at the moment and fighting the blue tits and sparrows if they try.

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    You're getting the birds in, which is more than I can say at the moment :LOL:.

    The first thing that struck me about my pool was how short it was. I have lowered it now and it is better but that bottom edge will always be an issue. The only real solution I think is to have pond that starts at the hide itself and extends out by at least 6 feet, maybe more. That way, there is no bottom edge, just lovely, doffy mushiness. (y)
     
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    That would work. I've a wooden frame I made to put growbags in for the tomato plants that I could possibly cover with black plastic if this works well.
    The barrel was bright blue but painted black a couple of years ago but is flaking but it'll be hid behind a large bush/flowers when they leaf up. I've unscrewed the log and put it in the water, well see how that goes. I was out yesterday so left it with more seeds on it so they could go undisturbed.

    Shots missed the other day was a robin washing it's tail by dipping it in...

    I've got the camera set on the tripod now with a remote trigger so I don't disturb them with movement as I pick up the camera.
    It's a nice distraction from work :)
     
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    Hum, we're going to need a bigger boat... sorry pond

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    Yup, my pool is nearly 4 foot wide and about 4 inches lower than the hatch, still not quite enough.
     
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    Getting there, the birds are coming in and drinking. I need to catch them at it.. The robins picked it as a singing perch now
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    So a quick one on the setup, using an old plastic barrel, buried in the bushes. I sit about 6 feet from it by the window and the birds don't mins it at all. Not a bad office.
    Camera is now on a tripod with a remote trigger by my hand. Excuse the rubbish phone photo.

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    I want an office, and a hide like that. :LOL:
     
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    https://dunsterhouse.co.uk

    Double skinned and insulated, floor, walls, ceiling. Double glazed windows and doors. Heaters and internet connection.
    It was about £6.5k fully built, sits on pads rather than a concrete base as thats better for insulation.
     
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    One day, all hides will be built this way. ;):LOL:


    Cracking building.:)
     
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    Starting to pay dividends

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    Cool, more success than me at the moment. Nice one. (y)
     
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    Right just changed focusing mode because I've been focused on the branch and missed lots, but the tits are bathing

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    So I've been away working for a few days and the birds have really taken over. They are loving the barrel pond, there are birds on it constantly and they don't mind me just a few feet away

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    I need to work on the focusing still, it's a lot easier handheld than being on the tripod
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    Stop it, now, please. You're making me jealous. All I'm getting is pesky sparrows. :LOL:

    Good to see it working for you. (y)
     
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    Looking at the environment/setup pictures I surmise the difference between both your setups affecting the numbers and potential range of species might be down to:-
    More and/or different food as an attractant
    Greater approach shelter and perching places

    Both of which makes the birds more interested in exploring a new situation.
     
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    Exactly this. (y)
     
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    More work to do/in progress for you then ;)

    PS I look forward to your updates and the inspiration that you triggered :)
     
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    All Dales fault, I think :D

    It's like rush hour here today
     
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    I'm not even really a bird photographer, just doing it as a distraction from work :)
     
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    Todays visitors

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    I was trying to see if they'd pose on a little plant pot
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    and the robin baby

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    I've just about got room to crop

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    Id love to try this but we have sparrowhawks nesting in the garden at the minute so all the song birds are staying in cover
     

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