|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.
Other Favorite Tools
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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