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This Photographer Built His Own Pond for Bird Photography

One of the hardest parts of wildlife and bird photography is simply finding and waiting for your subjects. This wildlife photographer made a way for them to come to him, however, by designing and digging his own pond for bird photography, and this neat series of videos show the ideas that went into the design, the construction process, and the impressive results that came from the project. 

Coming to you from Stefano Ianiro Wildlife, this awesome video series shows the design and construction processes of his DIY birding pond along with the results he has been able to get. What I really appreciated was learning about everything that went into the design. The pond is not simply a hole dug in the ground and filled with water. Rather, Ianiro put a lot of careful thought into creating an area that was attractive for birds and suitable for photography. And of course, it is fantastic to see the results he is able to get, as well as how neat the experience is. After all, how many of us can say we made our own custom bird photography pond?

Check out all the videos to see Ianiro's creation in action and his photos! 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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There are a lot of things you can do to encourage/attract wildlife, even in a tiny garden. And it can be as hard or as easy as you want.

I've recently started the process of landscaping my property, which will ultimately be divided into zones; each of which will have the benefit of acting as habitat for birds and insects.

One of the zones will be the conversion of my swimming pool to natural (fresh) water, surrounded by sub-tropical rainforest plants - the canopy trees will get planted in the next few weeks.

That's dedication. When traveling Colombia a few years ago I met a wildlife photographer who had planted a special type of tree in front of his cabin, because he knew that a certain, rare bird would eventually come to feast on the flowers once the tree was big enough. I don't know anymore exactly how long this took, but it was a couple of years until he got the photos ;-) Good thing, he now only needs to sit on his porch to take the photos