Like some other bloggers, I was provided with a Wingscapes BirdCam to futz around with. While I’ve been waiting for something spectacular to show up (my heart has been set on a Harris’s Sparrow or Evening Grosbeak), everybody else has debuted their results and thoughts. The Birdfreaks posted both photos and samples of video clips, John has had a variety of birds and even been getting Red-backed Salamanders (well, maybe not photographed by the BirdCam), and Patrick provided the ultimate soup-to-nuts review.
I’ve had the best luck placing it on the ground and scattering some seed, or putting it next to my pond. I have moved a feeder close to the house and placed the BirdCam on the windowsill, but prefer my feeders in the center of the yard. I don’t have a practical way to set the BirdCam up aimed at the feeders at the moment. I may have to buy the mounting arm/bracket available from Wingscapes, or rummage through the basement and rig something up, much like Bill Schmoker described. So far my biggest beef is that it requires a lot of light. Winter here is pretty gloomy, and it stays in "night mode" much of the day when it’s overcast. Anyway, here are some "highlights."
American Robins have been the best subjects so far. If a Varied Thrush ends up here, I’ll be in luck.
Proper focus range seems a tad tricky, too. I get a lot of warblers and other migrants bathing or drinking where the left-most robin is. The focus here is set at 24 to 37 inches, but the focus here is much better at the closer end.
This Hermit Thrush would have preferred mealworms, but can’t find the complaint box.
Rocky decided the lens needed a little bit of dusting.
"I just have that creepy feeling that someone is watching me…"
"Ah-ha! I knew it!"
Note to self: Do not forget where you put the BirdCam and when it is on.