Enjoyed by millions of people around the world, bird watching is becoming more and more popular recently. Just sitting in your garden and watching the birds around you is all you need to take up this hobby. But you can’t expect birds to show up at all times of the day, so people who aren’t accustomed to waiting, may be thinking that “birdwatching is definitely not my cup of tea”. However, with the invention of bird box cameras, bird watching has now become more accessible than ever. Bird box cameras offer you a great new way to enjoy wild birds in your backyard. The chance to catch a glimpse inside the nesting life of your feathered friends is a treat for everyone.
Bird Box Camera – New Way of Bird Watching
By installing a bird box camera in your birdhouse or nest box, you can watch nesting birds 24/7 from the comfort of your home and have it displayed on your smartphone, tablet and PC. The camera can run all day and all night and can be the best economical option to spot bird behaviors when you don’t have enough time to go outside and observe them yourself. What’s more, your vision will be clearer and you’ll be able to see fine details of feathers and markings. The bird box camera is suitable for both beginner birdwatchers and professional researchers. You don’t have to be skilled at bird behavior, or flight patterns, and you don’t even need to know where these birds can be found. Just install the camera into the birdhouse, and wait. In addition, some bird box cameras can also be programmed to record only when birds are detected in certain areas, so you’ll never miss a shot. To store the videos, you need an NVR recorder that stores videos for as many hours and cameras as you need.
Can I View the Bird Box Camera on a TV?
The answer is definitely yes if your bird box camera supports an HDMI output. The camera’s HDMI output is useful if you need to stream your footage to TV or other compatible HDMI monitors. The smartphone’s small screen may not always be enough for you to zoom in to see every little detail of your feathered friends, but using an HDMI cable to transfer the scene to a larger screen, it’ll help a lot. Connecting your IP bird box camera to your smartphone can be a tedious task for people with very little network experience. And this is where a bird box camera with TV connectivity scores. The modern TV bird box or birdhouse camera can offer better image quality (700TVL, 1080p, 3MP, etc.) as opposed to the older analog model. And setup also becomes much easier to manage, which makes it a top choice for the elderly.
How to Choose the Right Bird Box Camera?
The first thing to consider is whether to buy the complete set consisting of the nesting box plus the camera or just the camera itself. Replacing a birdhouse that’s ready for camera setup might seem easier, but it will take time for your birds to get used to it, and there’s a chance they’ll abandon it and look for a new nesting site. Nevertheless, if you have an existing nest box, you can install the camera directly into it, but remember you’ll have to wait for the birds to leave before taking the next step. Finding the right bird box camera can be a little trickier. The next decision you need to make is whether to choose a wired or wireless bird box camera system. A wired system uses a 3-in-one cable to power the camera and carries the video and audio signals from your bird box camera to the TV. The wired bird box cameras can offer a more reliable connection but you have to deal with cables in your backyard. However, in a wireless system, no cables are required for data transmission. The live feeds can be streamed directly to your TV via a wireless network connection. But the downside is that the video quality can be affected by tall buildings, trees and other obstructions.
Best Bird Box Cameras for Up-Close Bird Watching on TV
Birdbox technology doesn’t limit your options to only a few. Green Backyard has launched a variety of options to help you set up your very own bird box camera system and enjoy birds and other wildlife from your home.
TV Birdhouse Camera with HDMI Box
The TV bird box camera is super senior-friendly, featuring a simple plug-and-see installation. Using the included HDMI box, you’re able to watch live videos on TV (700TVL) without complicated software configuration. And the HDMI box outputs both audio and video signals from the source camera. This TV birdhouse camera delivers color images by day and B&W images at night to ensure around-the-clock bird watching without spooking the birds. This camera is also outfitted with a 2.5mm wide-angle lens to produce a 120-degree field of view, the perfect setup for up-close viewing. With a wide operating temperature range from -30°C to 55°C and an IP66 waterproof casing, it can function flawlessly in extreme weather, giving you peace of mind in outdoor deployment.
TV Birdhouse Camera 3MP with Digital Wireless Receiver
Unlike the traditional TV bird box camera, which uses a cable for transmission, this wireless TV birdhouse camera does not require you to run a video cable back into your house. Video & audio can be transmitted wirelessly to the receiver at a distance of up to 50 meters. You can install the camera in your yard and use the included receiver to pick up the video. Just plug the camera into a power source, connect it to the network and you’re ready to go! This wireless TV birdhouse camera can generate high-resolution color images of up to 3MP. It is also equipped with invisible infrared LEDs to provide night vision without giving off a red glow that might disturb the birds. This TV birdhouse camera also features a high-sensitivity microphone, allowing you to both hear and see what’s going on inside the nest box. The lens can also be very easily be adjusted to suit alternative applications. Besides, the camera can also run on rechargeable batteries to make it completely wire-free for outdoor applications.
Waterproof Birdhouse Camera HD NVR Recorder Bundle
This camera bundle is specially designed for professional birdwatchers or wildlife enthusiasts who want to install two or more bird box cameras at a time. This camera kit includes two 4MP outdoor PoE wired IP bird box cameras, a network video recorder (NVR) and all the cables you need to get started. It is a complete solution for monitoring birds from your TV over a wired PoE connection. The NVR is capable of managing and recording from up to 4 bird box cameras with a 2TB of storage (HDDs NOT included) to record four weeks of continuous video from 2 HD bird box cameras. With a plug-and-play setup, it automatically detects cameras for quick installation. Equipped with both HDMI and VGA outputs, you are able to watch live streams on TV or VGA monitors all day. Additionally, the NVR also supports quick navigation, recording schedules, and advanced playback options.