Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Peter Pan Feeder

If you are new to bird photography you have probably wondered how some photographers get those upside down images of nuthatches and chickadees.One easy solution is to use a feeder that forces the birds to go upside down to get the seed. The feeder is hidden from view on the backside of a branch or board where you can't see it. The birds when they go to get some seed stop upside down on the side that you can see for a brief second or so before or after they grab a seed.Here are the step by step instructions on how to make one of those feeders. I call mine the "Peter Pan Feeder" because it is fashioned using a plastic peanut butter jar. Supplies you will need * Clean, clear empty small plastic jar and lid. * Hand Drill * 1/4 inch drill bit * No. 2 Screw driver * 2 1/2" wood screws * A couple of cups of black sunflower seed Step 1 Drill a 1/4 inch hole into the bottom edge of the plastic jar. Get it as close to the edge as you can. Step 2 Using the two wood screws fasten the jar to the side of a nice looking piece of wood or a branch. Make sure that you feeder hole is just slightly above the bottom edge of the wood or branch so it can't be seen. Step 3 Fill the jar with black sunflower seed and put the lid on. Step 4 Set this up in a good place near your bird feeders and wait for it to start being used. Now photograph some birds with it! Please note this feeder does not work well around squirrels as given time they will chew holes into it.Perhaps make one made of metal!

2 comments:

Paul Van Velzer said...

Genius!

Chris Hansen said...

Thank you very much, Paul Van Velzer!