The first step in bird watching is location, location, location. Next is to get properly placed and in position by making yourself as comfortable as possible. You never know how long you will have to remain in this position, so a quick bath is sometimes in order.
Make sure that you are properly camouflaged and wear clothing that blends into your surroundings so as not to be spotted easily by the birds. Notice how still Jybow has become...the birds think that she's not paying any attention to them and go on doing what they normally do...sit on the branches above us and send down little wet presents.
Her approach is working. Here's our first bird and the red arrow is pointing to it. See how close the little birdy is? Jybow's job is to lure the birds close and my job is to take their pictures without causing the hammock to swing too much. We did have a brief moment of fright when the hammock tossed us both out, but we made a quick recovery and bounced right back on.
This is a female yellow finch. She's not too bright....I was able to sneak up behind her to about a foot from her.
We both stand there frozen and I'm utterly surprised that I could get so close to this little bird without it flying away the moment it saw me. I could have reached out and snatched it up in my hand when it's back was to me and for a moment I thought that this little bird must be sick because it went on eating for a few seconds, but then it flew off to a nearby branch. We looked eye to eye and made a connection. And I think this little bird knew that Jybow and I were of no threat to it at all.