It has been very much an experiment that seems to be improving as I go along. Moving home has been an interruption of course but every now and then I give it a try. Set the GoPro up in various spots around the garden and see what happens.

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The great thing about using a GoPro in this way, rather than going for the exquisite photos with a long zoom lens, is that you get a close up with a wide angle, not just a zoom in on a bird. It gives a whole different dimension to the photos and away from the majority of close up bird views you see. Also you can add more stealth as the birds happily come to the camera rather than you having to sneak around.

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Also, of course, there is a lot of patience, and luck involved. A whole lot of both in fact! If you persevere, amongst the hundreds and hundreds of pics you can end up with that bird in flight, on take-off, on landing or noseying right at the lens. They come to the camera, not the other way round.

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Of course, a strategically placed camera in the garden does not mean you are restricted to the normal garden birds. In just these few I have selected we can see Blue Tits, Dunnocks, Chaffinches, Great Tits and a Thrush. But in this new garden I await capturing the other visitors in the same way.. Woodpeckers, Nuthatches, wrens, mice, red squirrels and much much more variety.

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The warmer months are coming along too so the numbers and variety will only increase. Time for some more camera experimenting and seeing what happens. I will post some on the go as ever on my Twitter profile @paul_steele and of course will wrap up some highlights here again in a couple of months to see what Spring has brought.

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