It’s great to find inspiration in an exotic destination, but you can also have lots of fun right at home by creating an environment where colorful subjects come to your yard. Birds need food, shelter and the means to care for their plumage. This can be as simple as a feeder and water source positioned where birds can quickly escape to cover. Adding native and food-bearing plants to your yard will serve to attract and hold wildlife in your space. Remember many bird species are omnivorous, so pesticides that eliminate insects will limit the allure of your habitat. Once you have established a place for them, the birds will provide endless opportunity to practice with your camera and experiment with techniques to capture better pictures. At the same time you will come away with some fun photos and be better prepared to make stunning shots the next time you find yourself in an exotic landscape.