Wild birds are difficult to examine since they frequently fly away as soon as you approach them. Lisa, or Ostdrossel, is captivated by our feathery companions and has devised a clever system that allows her to get up up and personal with them without frightening them. She uses her feeder cam to take amazing photographs of a variety of species as they eat scrumptious bird feed from afar.
Visitors to Lisa’s garden are unaware that they are being shot and hence allow their personalities to emerge. We see two mourning doves nuzzling their beaks, as well as a couple of other birds that appear to be having a yelling fight. The photographs of the single animals having a mid-day snack, though, are some of the most interesting. A crow with a toothy grin consisting of a mouthful of kernels, as well as a blackbird showing off the big insect it’s ready to feast on, were captured on Lisa’s camera.
So, how exactly does a feeder cam function? Lisa describes her arrangement in a Tumblr post. “It’s made out of a camera box that looks like a trail camera and has a macro lens on top and a conventional lens on the bottom,” she adds. Inside the box, she has a shelf on which she has mounted a motion-sensor camera that shoots 10 photographs each second.
The gadget begins taking images whenever a bird lands on the bowl. If you leave the camera out all day, you can get up to 7,000 photographs! Lisa, on the other hand, is unconcerned. “It’s my nightly joy and habit to go through them all, eliminate the terrible ones, and keep and gently tweak the ones I think are publishable.”
Lisa, alias Ostdrossel, set up a bird feeder camera in her backyard, allowing her to capture wonderful images of her feathered friends as they feast on yummy treats.
They also like cuddling close to the treat dish on occasion.