The BirdCam

The BirdCam Setup

Wild Fidalgo employs the Wingscapes BirdCam Pro.  This is an 8 megapixel digital camera hardened for outdoor use.  A sensor automatically triggers photographs of birds which enter its field.  It is powered by six C-cell batteries and accepts a 32 gb SD card to record images.

The inspiration for acquiring the BirdCam was a suet feeder visit by a magnificent Pileated Woodpecker.  I hear them calling and tapping in the small wooded wetland across the road.  Occassionally they venture into the yard.  This was the first time I had seen one at the feeders and I regretted not being able to get a photo.  With the BirdCam installed, I am now on a quest to catch a BirdCam shot of a Pileated Woodpecker.

UPDATE:  The quest to capture a photo of a Pileated Woodpecker has been successful, June, 2011.

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Photography:  I use Canon 7D and Rebel T3i dSLR's.  Lenses include Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM UD, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM UD, Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM, Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro. Photo: Canon

National Geographic Field Guide:  I have several references and field guides, but if you must choose one, make it the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America.  It is available at Amazon, Barnes&Noble and any local book store.  Photo:

iBird:  The iBird series of apps is available for the iOS and Android devices.  It is an implementation of the WhatBird website database, and the best bird identifier I have seen.  You can choose regional editions or the complete North American "iBird Pro."  With maps, facts and vocalizations, this app justifies an iPod Touch, smart phone or tablet for birders at any level.  I currently use the iBird Western Edition for iPod Touch and iBird Pro for the iPad Mini.  Photo:  Apple iTunes

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