1. 6' Step Ladder - the rung makes for a nice camera platform
2. A few yards of camo material my wife had given me for Christmas
3. My camo print gators.
4. My camo Army surplus jacket
5. My light-weight camo folding stool
Doing this I am able to sit within about 10' of the feeders and the birds don't seem to mind. My hands and head are mostly shaded so my movements are less detectable, especially if I move slowly. Sound doesn't seem to bother the birds at all. I've been able to
By inserting the shepherd's hooks at an angle I would have a better vantage point for photos as the feeders were significantly lower than normal. I position the sun to my back to hopefully get that eye-glint in the photo which seems to give the bird "life", but careful not to put my shadow right on the perch areas. As the sun moves around the sky, I move the blind. I've also been leaving the blind out in the yard so that birds get used to it.
I also later added a tree branch between the two feeders hoping that I can get some quality images that don't show the feeders. I'm okay with good feeder shots of wild birds, but I definitely like the setting to at least "appear" more natural.
Using this makeshift blind last weekend was a lot of fun. Do you have any goofy makeshift photo or viewing blinds? Send me your pics and I'll post them here!