birdcamming

November 12, 2007

in Other reviews

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."

Birdcamamro_2

American Robins have been the best subjects so far. If a Varied Thrush ends up here, I’ll be in luck.

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Birdcamamropond

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.

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Birdcamheth

This Hermit Thrush would have preferred mealworms, but can’t find the complaint box.

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Birdcamfluff

Rocky decided the lens needed a little bit of dusting.
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Birdcamfeel

"I just have that creepy feeling that someone is watching me…"
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Birdcamaha

"Ah-ha! I knew it!"

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Butts

Note to self: Do not forget where you put the BirdCam and when it is on.


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