At times, it is good to use a natural cover to conceal yourself whenever possible remaining quiet and motionless. Else, create a controlled habitat in a small area with a feeding station to attract birds.
If you can afford, visit nearby zoos and aviaries to get very close to the birds since they are accustomed to people. Here you can experiment with different combinations, exposure, and composition.
In a zoo, while shooting small birds, adjust the camera to one additional F-stop to have a shallow depth of field to blur the surroundings and the bird to stand out.
The inset picture of a small bird taken by Kanika Karla of Dehradun has created a shallow depth of field to highlight the bird and flowers and blur the background.
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