I was happy to get this question from one of my blog followers, “How did you take all those close-up shots?” (Of the inside of my chickadee nest box.)
Some birds are very tolerant of humans, as long as one does not harass the birds. In other words, they will tolerate it if you open their nest box once or twice a week or so. Just don’t do it very often.
There is a technique. As you approach the nest, make some sounds. Whistle. Talk. Sing. Let the bird know you are coming so it will not be startled should it be inside the box. Also, before opening the nest box, stand to the side of it, not directly in front of the opening. This is so a bird who might be startled and fly out of the box will not fly right into you and injure itself or you. Then, tap the side of the box with your hand. If there is a bird inside, this will give it an opportunity to leave. Then, slowly open the nest box. At that point, you can freely take pictures up close.
Don’t linger too long. Do what you need to do to document your findings, close the box and leave. Once there are eggs and hatchlings in the box, as you depart, you will often see a parent bird return and re-enter the box quickly if they left the nest upon your approach.
Thanks for asking!
That is how to spy on birds! Oh my! Am I giving away all of my secrets?