I was asked to share how I get the hummingbirds to sit on branches to photograph them.
I learned the trick from reading Moose Peterson’s Captured. He set up feeders and branches on his deck and can take pictures of the birds that visit in more “natural” settings. I took this idea and set up some landing zones to photograph birds. I set up two locations on my back deck with planters. Both have small feeders as well as branches that are inserted in the planters.
Behind the second zone you can see another spot I set up in my yard. I planted seedlings a few years ago for providing safe zones for birds. Understanding that birds like to come from above, I place branches higher than the feeders. I lower the backyard feeder and the birds land on the branches to check out the area before entering the feeder. It also helps to have three towering cedars, a green belt and lake behind the house. Birds like the sense of safety provided by the trees.
Give it a try. Set up some branches around your feeders and take your pictures when the birds land on the branches rather than the feeders.