Saturday, 15 January 2011

Bird Box Camera

I'm worried that I'm turning into Bill Oddy.
It's not that I'm growing a beard, or even the somewhat more rounded shape I've assumed over the winter. No, it's the new bird box camera that David gave me for Christmas. It's from Handykam and you get a whole kit in a box, nest box, feeding station, tiny video camera and all the fixings so that you can watch the interior of the nest box on your kitchen tv. (After you've got your technical son in law to fix it up for you of course - thanks Brown!)

 I'm was thinking that maybe we hadn't got it in quite the right place, as there seemed to be no activity for quite a few weeks, but then I noticed this (bear in mind that this is a photo of a tv screen)



Ok so it may not look all that exciting, (it's a bit of moss in case you can't tell) but it indicates that a bird has actually been in the box. Having a look round, possibly thinking of making a home here, and bringing in a bit of moss to try it out. What I really need now is the avian equivalent of Kirsty and Phil to point out to prospective residents all the advantages of living in this luxuriously appointed New Build complete with double glazing and level access to all local amenities (if you can fly) not to mention full cctv security arrangements. How could any bird resist?

All I need to do now is to work out how to get the video linked to the computer so I can have a live video link on the blog. And I'll need to work on my slightly annoying, over enthusiastic wildlife presenter skills too...
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17 comments:

  1. That does sound very cool, but is it a constant send and how many MB would that take the whole time your page is loading etc?

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  2. Oh, I hope that you can get that set up. There's a bird cam in California that is focused on a hummingbird nesting http://phoebeallens.com/ I just look and got a black screen, but that's probably because it's still night out there. You might want to poke around that site, and see how they do it.

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  3. Oh, this sounds so cool. I hope you get it set up so we can see what's going on! This is awesome!

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  4. That is pretty cool I’d say. I am sure it will be found and all the birds will come looking at it and singing the theme to the old 70s show The Jeffersons--We’re movin on up :) LOL

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  5. I want a bird cam too!!! That would be so incredible to actually be able to watch the birds building their nest...laying eggs...rearing their young...and watching as the young leave the nest to go out on their own. I like it!

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  6. That is a very nice gift. How exciting the prospect of watching a new little bird family develop over the course of the coming months.

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    I am like you, my garden is a MESS.

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  8. Fabulous idea. I bet you'll have hours of fun watching, once your residents settle in - and I'm sure some will.

    Lovely post (I'm giggling at the thought of a Phil and Kirsty trying to entice birds to your des res pad .. and of you fine tuning your 'presenter' skills.
    Does that mean we'll get a video update ;-)

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  9. oh well done
    looks ever so interesting
    as for mr oddie
    what a loathsome man he is!

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  10. ohhh how exciting , the kids and I would love one of them, can't wait to see what makes a home in your little bird box :-)

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  11. I am jealous, I want a bird cam as well :)))) Diane

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  12. Yes, I hope you will get that to work. We'll all be glued to that, I'm sure.--Inger

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  13. What a great present, I would love one of those. Can't wait to see who sets up residence.

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  14. What an absolutely fabulous present to be given! Interesting, needs a learning curve to use, and gives hours of pleasure. I suspect you have inspired others to delve into the prospect of getting such a device for themselves!

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  15. Yes I'm indeed very lucky to have been given such a lovely present. David is an ace present giver and always finds something different and interesting.

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  16. Now that sounds like a fun project if you can get everything up and going. Best of luck on it!

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  17. This sounds like it'll be a lot of fun to watch. I hope you get a bird family there in the spring and can watch them grow. I thought I noticed some fluff sticking out of the hole of a birdhouse the other day and wondered what had brought it there. I didn't realize they might already be checking houses out like they have there.

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