Setup bird feeders with seeds can attract the birds to your backyard. It is joyful to hear their chirping. How to watch birds closely in the backyard? The binoculars are the simplest tools, but you have to stay around and check your feeders, and make sure you don’t miss the moments. The bird box camera is helpful to watch the bird up close. With the latest IP technology, you can have plenty of features including live streaming on mobile phones, recordings to micro SD card and even message notification to alert you if or when the birds land in. Herehe are some key features to consider when you’re picking the camera.
Tiny IP Camera
Before you can watch the bird feeder on a mobile phone, the video has to be digitized. The Wi-Fi or IP bird box camera is a tiny camera built based on IP technology. You can connect to the camera with mobile phone, tablet or PC computer to receive the live video. There is no extra add-on required. Technically the Wi-Fi bird box camera is a kind of compact computer with a video sensor to capture the video.
The camera’s lens should be adjustable. While the camera is shooting closely, the focus becomes very sensitive. It is easy to test this optical feature with the camera on our mobile phone. You change the shooting distance a little bit, the focus will switch, and the image gets blurry. You will need to adjust the lens to re-focus. That is one of the essentials with a bird box camera. You may have different distances while moving the feeder around. With the adjustable lens, the camera always be in focus.
WiFi vs Wire bird box camera
The camera has to be hooked up the home network for remote viewing the bird feeder. Whether to choose WiFi or wire bird box cameras depends on the situation. With a wire IP bird box camera, you should wire the Ethernet cable to one of the network ports(RJ45) for both power and data. The power doesn’t need to be present next to the bird feeder. You can connect the Wi-Fi bird box camera to your home network as long as the Wi-Fi coverage is good. With a DC extension cable, the AC outlet doesn’t need to present close to the bird feeder either. Both cables can be buried underground with outdoor grade cables. There is one more option: is the battery power. You may need to re-charge the battery constantly 4 days around. It could be a wire-free camera system with battery setup.
The audio pick up is required with the camera if you want to listen to the chirping. The bird box camera has a built-in microphone to hear the audio from the birds. You will watch the HD live video as well as hear the audio on your mobile devices.
There are some bird activities you may want to observe at night. Without any illumination, there is only a black image from the camera. The invisible infrared built-in birdhouse camera can light up the area without disturbing the on the mobile phone after the infrared is turned ON.
Outdoor/Indoor bird box cameras
Most of the bird box cameras are not waterproof. It is good to have some enclosure to keep the camera out of the rain. The outdoor bird box camera is waterproof and it can be installed outside directly.
Recording – Sharing
Birds are a loving species, you may want to share the video to your friend or family. If the camera has been connected to a network, others can view the camera with its ID after they install the app on their mobile phone. If you don’t want to share the camera directly, the micro SD card recording feature allows you to record the video on the micro SD card, you can download the recording files to the mobile phone and share on other social platforms. Some of enthusiasts even manage to live broadcast the bird box camera on Youtube.
You may have no idea when the birds land in the feeder. The camera’s notification function can send you a message if or when there are any changes in the images. The camera will detect the change between two consequent frames and send out the alert message to the app. It is able to tell when the birds come.