Truland Photography

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

BirdCam 2.0 Samples

I've been playing with one of my Christmas presents, a BirdCam 2.0. The company that makes the BirdCam describes it as follows:
The BirdCam 2.0 is weatherproof, motion-activated, and easy to use. And there are no tools, wiring, or software required! It's out of the box and ready to go in minutes. Point your BirdCam 2.0 at your bird feeder, bird bath or bird house - anywhere birds visit. You can leave it unattended and then marvel at the up-close images of your backyard wildlife. 
The quality is not too bad for a small, probably plastic, lens. Here are some cropped still images which I darkened and sharpened a bit.

In addition to stills, the camera takes 10 second video clips. Here's a compilation I made of 7 clips. You'll see Black-capped Chickadees, assorted Finches, and a White-breasted Nuthatch. In the third still image above, is a Tufted Titmouse. I believe the bird on the left in the second still image is a Pine Siskin, probably female.

Notice, you don't see any snow. I'm not complaining, but since December 1, 2011, we've had 8.8 inches of snow. Last year by today's date we had received 59.4 inches of snow. What a difference a year makes.

UPDATE: 2/28/12 - A week later and this years snowfall total remains at 8.8 inches. But, last year's total as of this date has risen to 76.2 inches. We may gain a bit the next couple of days, though, as the forecast calls for 4 to 12 inches of snow along with 1/10" to 1/4" of ice.

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