The tripod that I got with the bird photo booth is good quality, better than I initially thought, however, it’s challenging to squirrel proof it AND it’s somewhat limiting in terms of using the feeder on the angle bracket. Our birds have a big platform and some birds just didn’t seem to like to land on even our larger platform we created for the angle bracket. I just wanted the ability to diversify our feeder cam options. We got one of these brackets that is designed to hold a trail cam. This is the one that I got, but I should have purchased one that is designed for a T-Post rather than a tree. However, my handy husband made it work out.
Steve wanted to put it out first without a baffle just to see how long it would take the squirrels to climb the post and get onto the feeder platform (which also has a homemade baffle). He has baffle prototype #1 ready for the T-Post, but he just wanted to test their smarts first. Spoiler alert. They climbed the post in less than 24 hours. We put the post out and got it positioned last night and this morning, before I had the photo booth out, I looked outside and there was a squirrel eating on the platform.
It WAS mission accomplished though! We were able to get some really unique shots with multiple birds. Also, we were able to capture blue jay, male cardinal and cowbird who we never had on the platform on the angle bracket before. Hopefully this will help us out when we get some migrators as well because they often stop at the platform. Once we perfect the T-Post baffle, we can also set these spots up around the yard in different places. I’m getting some quick release clips for the camera so we don’t have to thread it all the time. Most importantly though, this is one step closer to bringing my vision of Bird Bath Cam to life!
I’m planning a whole post with the Blue Jay photos, but here’s some of the rest of what we captured with this setup today (in between LOTS of squirrel visits).
Helpful Products for Setting Up Bird Photo Booth
When I purchased the Bird Photo Booth 2.0 in March of 2021, I also purchased the tripod and battery pack from the direct website where the photo booth is sold. It turned out that those were just marked up and shipped directly from Amazon. The tripod listed here is the exact one being sold by Bird Photo Booth. I could not find that exact battery pack any longer on Amazon. I have this Anker one listed and while it is slightly larger, I still fit it into the booth and I can set it up at night and leave it in overnight and throughout the next day without any issues. The Perky Pet Hummer Bar here is the same one as on the bird photo booth site.
You do not have to click these links to purchase, but if you do, please be aware that these are affiliate links and if you make a purchase after clicking through, a small portion of your sale goes to help fund this website. You will be getting a better deal on these accessories than if you buy them at bird photo booth website. The other items are all items we have used in our setup here to attach the camera to our T-Posts protect them from squirrels. You will need a micro SD card to effectively use the Bird Photo Booth.