Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Birdcam Photos

Like Patrick, I recently received a Birdcam from Wingscapes. A Birdcam is a motion-sensitive camera that takes photographs automatically when it is triggered by something crossing its infrared sensor. It is designed to monitor feeders or other places that birds gather. Since birds are not bothered by its presence, it can be placed very close to feeders.

It took a few tries to get the lighting right. The first two times I tried setting up the camera, it rained one day and photos were backlit the other day. Yesterday the camera got better results at a bird bath. Here's a sampling.

A mourning dove came from a drink first.

A house sparrow took a drink...

... then more house sparrows took a bath.

Some goldfinches investigated.

A couple of house finches stopped by also, but were obscured by other birds or looking away from the camera. No weird birds yet.