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Wildlife Trail Camera Features and Applications

The wildlife trail camera is a motion-activated camera traditionally used for hunting, but now it is widely used in different walks of life. It’s strategically placed on one’s property to take pictures and videos of the wandering wildlife while the landlord is away. Triggered by motion and temperature changes, this camera is able to capture the most fleeting animals like birds. In this blog, we’re gonna introduce the features and applications of the wildlife trail camera.

Solid Design and Construction

Since wildlife trail cameras are mostly used in natural environments like bushes or forests, to ensure long-term use in outdoor settings, it’s better to choose one made out of waterproof and durable materials to avoid damages caused by water ingress or unintentional attacks from wildlife or other outside forces. A wildlife camera covered in camouflaged housing can easily blend into the background environment so as not to draw unnecessary attention and scare the wildlife away, even the sensitive types like birds. Moreover, a well-designed camera should be equipped with a viewing screen to display real-time or recorded files.

PIR Sensing

Most motion-activated trail cameras use PIR sensors for motion detection by detecting the temperature changes in the background. Normally, the faster the movement is, the greater the temperature change will be, and the more likely the PIR is to trigger the camera. The PIR sensor is equally sensitive to cold animals as they’re moving in front of warmer backgrounds. A camera with a larger PIR angle (above 48°) has a quicker response to motion changes and swiftly switches to the operation mode the second a moving object enters its field of view. And a wider sensing range also indicates an enlarged detection zone. A highly sensitive PIR sensor will greatly minimize false triggers by vegetation or natural forces (wind, water, etc.).

Flashes (no-glow/red-glow/white flash)

Trail cameras basically use three types of flashes i.e., white flash, low/red-glow flash and no-glow flash. White flashes have a world-renowned reputation of delivering exemplary image quality, but get severely criticized for its glaring flashlight. Cameras built with low-glow flashes, on the other hand, will emit partially visible red glows to light up the whole shooting area. These cameras also can deliver high-quality pictures and videos both at night and by day as white-flash cameras do. Nowadays, glow-free infrared LEDs, invisible to both humans and wildlife, are widely deployed to guarantee 24/7 continuous shooting even in complete darkness without spooking the wildlife. The trail camera with such advanced night vision is a perfect device for shooting nocturnal birds to provide decent quality pictures, albeit in black and white. Compared with low-glow/white-flash trail cameras, cameras that apply no-glow infrared LEDs may suffer slight degradation in image quality, but little difference could be noticed within a distance of 25ft/8m.

Camera Capture Modes

A wildlife camera that supports multiple capture modes is a more cost-effective choice. Some cameras only support one shooting mode (either still images or videos), but a greater sense of flexibility can be offered via the addition of a hybrid recording, which means the camera will simultaneously take several still photos in a row and then immediately start video recording at each trigger time. And cameras that support a time-lapse mode are also recommended for their programmability to take snapshots at predefined intervals and generate video files later. Some trail cameras can also operate at a certain time once the timer is set up.

Trigger Speed and Recovery Time

Trigger time/speed refers to the amount of time from motion detection to the first picture taken. Cameras with a faster trigger time (0.2-1s) will deliver pictures of considerably higher quality, for the less time it takes to take a snapshot, the more details it’ll reveal in the picture. What’s more, it’s always advisable to choose a camera with a short recovery time (the time for the camera to rebuild itself to take another shot after the first one), for long recovery time always leads to missed opportunities. Well-designed trail cameras nearly have no recovery time and are able to take multiple consecutive shots at every trigger event.

Power Supply

One of the minor limitations when using a wildlife camera is that most cameras are generally powered by batteries, but its wireless connection for power supply does offer great varieties on installation and placement, which makes it a robust tool not only for wildlife observation but for security monitoring. Choose Nimh rechargeable batteries or ones with long in-field battery life like lithium batteries (function well in cold temperature) to reduce the frequency of battery changing. If possible, it’s highly suggested to select a wildlife camera that supports both batteries and external power supplies like mains power or solar power, etc.

When to Use Wildlife Trail Camera?

As the camera technology improves, the wildlife trail camera becomes more affordable to the public. Hunters often use trail cameras in hunting seasons to keep track of the animals that frequent the hunting ground. It is also used by professional researchers, nature lovers and birdwatchers for wildlife observation and research projects to document animal activities of the rarely seen species without causing any disruption. There are also some educational benefits of placing a wildlife camera in your backyard. A hasty approach to the wild animals may end up hurting yourself, while remote observation with a discreet camera is obviously a better choice. Through the trail camera, you can have a closer look at different wild animals, learn about their living habits and characteristics. It is an excellent tool to help children inspire a love for nature, learn environmental responsibility and pay respect to every living creature. Additionally, it can be deployed in surveillance for domestic or public use or other evidence-taking works in illegal trespass and illegal poaching. Cameras that support time-lapse mode can be used to monitor the growth of plants and the progress of construction sites.

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Get Better Viewing with Daytime LEDs & Invisible Night Vision

With ever-increasing needs for bird watching or getting close to nature, technology has been developed and applied to help nature lovers or bird watchers get handy ways to remotely view clear video of birds or wildlife on their smartphones, or tablets or PC, and TV as well. Bird box cameras, bird feeder cameras, or some other digital cameras are opted and used widely these days. For an effective viewing and wonderful experience, the image quality of the camera matters greatly. Today, we are going to tell you how daytime LEDs and invisible night vision help improve image quality, especially when under low light conditions.

Regarding the camera, it is known that image quality largely depends on the resolution. Generally, higher resolution means sharper image quality. For example, the 3MP IP camera is far clearer than the 700TVL analog camera. Now, we only talking about situations focusing on the same camera with a fixed resolution. So apart from resolution, what factor probably affects the image quality of the camera? Actually, the light adopted by the camera is also of dramatic significance.



And the installers or users should aware that a worse blurry image will be captured when if under low light conditions. The camera is some kind of electronic supposed to work with light, when if more light is available for the camera to make use, then a better video or still image is produced. Moreover, with a deficient light source, details can’t be viewed by human’s naked eyes. In this situation, we need to find ways to obtain sustained HD clear image even under low light situations. Below list of some existing low light conditions that result in bad image quality.

Dark Night-The obvious low light condition is when the sun goes down completely and turns to dark night. We know that without the assistance of light, humans can hardly see anything with naked eyes.

Gloomy Weathers-Occasionally encounter gloomy weathers like cloudy, rainy, or storms that potentially generate low light conditions affecting bird watching or wildlife watching with a camera. Less light source is obtained for the reason the sun is hidden by the thick cloud.

Dawn and Dusk-During the daytime, sunlight is the main light source for the camera, and dawn and dusk are the two awkward periods as the former is the time before the sun rises and the latter is the time after the sun goes down. And apparently, these two periods belong to low light conditions hence little sunlight is gained.

Nest Box Watching-Undoubtedly, when the monitoring environment is relatively closed, like birdhouses, hedgehog houses, wood duck boxes, etc, less sunlight or other light sources can be shined into. Thus for these applications, getting more light sources is the basic to get better image quality.

Let’s get back to the point, to meet the demands for better viewing under low light conditions, Green backyard engaged numerous efforts and eventually launched the ultimate version outdoor mini digital camera that is perfect to fit birdhouses, bird feeders or other similar nest places require an improved image quality despite low light conditions. Two main functions show its utility, namely invisible night vision and controllable daytime LEDs.

Invisible Night Vision

Night vision, as a matter of fact, isn’t really a new concept with regard to security camera video surveillance, which is universally adopted and to ensure 24/7 continuous monitoring. Night vision allows objects to be viewed or captured clearly with shape and details. And this technology is available when using mini box cameras to watch birds or wildlife.  

All the Green Backyard mini box cameras designed for bird boxes, bird feeders, or other nest boxes watching support invisible night vision, which unlike commonly used security cameras with night vision, these cameras equips with 940nm infrared(IR) LEDs for illumination and server bird-friendly night vision, because only a dim red light will be omitted that won’t spook birds or wildlife, or disturb their natural sleep cycles if the night vision is turned on automatically in a sudden once dark night is detected. In this way, the nighttime activities of birds or wildlife with interest can be explored and enjoyed by nature lovers, clear black and white image is able to be viewed by them on mobile devices remotely.



Controllable Daytime LEDs

As mentioned previously, cameras need sufficient light to work and produce better images or videos, that being said, if more light is supplied around the camera, the better result is received. And in the light of this thinking, Green Backyard worked out a solution to solve the low light issue with the newly-made mini box camera. This camera offers controllable daytime LEDs, which means the users can choose to turn on the daytime LEDs to get more light for the camera for dawn or dusk viewing or when experience gloomy weather, especially when the high-quality image is demanded.

The daytime LEDs is less dazzling and offending to bird’s or wildlife’s eyes, and with correct operation with the included tool, the brightness is determined by the installers themself meeting various illumination needs. Additionally, the daytime LEDs supports a remote control function, so it is able to turn on or off only with one tap on the app with the smartphone remotely and conveniently. Furthermore, the users are also capable to schedule a fixed period using daytime LEDs mode. For bird-friendly, the daytime LEDs can be only used during the daytime as a compensate light source under low light conditions. But when it is applied at nighttime, a colored image of the nighttime activities can be viewed.  

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Outdoor Mini Camera Improves System Reliability

Nowadays, more and more nature lovers tend to apply digital cameras to explore observation fun on birds or wildlife or other nature creatures right at homes or on the couches by viewing real-time video on TV or the through mobile devices remotely and conveniently. Green backyard eventually launched the ultimate outdoor version mini box camera for bird watching or multi-purpose applications for various wildlife. Keep reading to know more information and make clear how the outdoor box camera benefits nature watching.

A digital box camera, such as bird box camera, is able to capture clear images and video that eventually is streamed and displayed on TV or mobile devices. This kind of camera has gradually become a universal way to record unexpected actions of adorable or attractive animals that appeal to nature lovers invest time for observing, including birds, hedgehogs, bats, wood duck, squirrels, and so on. However, because of the technology problem and its tiny size, we barely see outdoor bird box cameras available in the market. Fortunately, Green backyard serves a better option for building a more reliable camera system for nature lovers to get close to nature.



For the starter, generally speaking, for bird watching, or wildlife watching, cameras are mainly worked outdoor like backyard, park, forest or habitats, etc. The outdoor environment means a higher potential to suffer from bad weather like rain, storms, lightning which may easily ruin the whole camera system, you know that electronics can be damaged significantly by water and surge. Although for some situations, you probably think that the mini camera is installed inside a birdhouse, bat box, hedgehog house, wood duck box, or other nest boxes, water or moisture ingress issue happen occasionally.

Believer or not, adopting Our Green backyard outdoor mini camera to fit in various types of nest boxes or feeders is definitely a fair solution to help get rid of such a dilemma. Now let get a closer look into the improved outdoor mini camera with great resistance on water.

Green backyard outdoor mini camera is entirely encased in an IP66 waterproof housing, that being said, the camera is capable to be exposed directly under outdoor environment without covers despite the threatening elements of rain and water. If needed, the camera even allows being immersed into the water tank for a short time, which shows its great waterproof capability dramatically. Not to said the camera at most times is placed inside the nest boxes or protected with some covers. It is more recommendable to choose an outdoor waterproof mini box camera if budget is permitted, so as to build a camera system to start wonderful birding or nature observation.

Actually, making the camera completely waterproof is not an easy thing. As a rule of thumb, several parts are more inclined to trigger water ingress problems, such as the lens, the joint of the body and pigtail, and the antenna as well. Our technicians pay extra attention and effort to eliminate the concerns on these sensitive parts. The watertight rubber and sticky are used. Then the microphone is also waterproof type. All paths are sealed, as a result, water or moisture can’t get any chance to cause damage.

In addition, apart from the improvement on the camera itself, the connection part, such as the power adaptor for the WiFi version camera is upgraded to a higher protection level from water. WiFi bird box camera makes use of WiFi signal to transmit video data, but indeed it still requires the main power by plug the adaptor into the AC power outlet. As mentioned earlier, the camera system is generally placed at outdoor, then the power outlet potentially at outdoor, and these power outlet generally equips with a cover, then it is not feasible to use those large size power adaptor, and Green backyard take this factor under consideration and provide an outdoor type power adaptor that can plug into an outdoor power outlet with cover compatibly.

Note: To achieve a higher level of waterproof protection on power, a specially-designed waterproof power adaptor for WiFi camera is available, which enables a direct immersion to the water.

Green backyard outdoor mini camera is designed to build a more reliable camera system for bird boxes, bird feeders, hedgehog houses, wood duck boxes, bat boxes, squirrel boxes or feeders, and other types of nest boxes. Undoubtedly, this advanced outdoor version camera benefits these applications and the users from different aspects.

Peace of Mind

It is completely waterproof that well suited for outdoor applications, once the camera system is set up, great peace of mind is offered thanks to its reliability, with no need to concern whether the camera will be broken suddenly, especially on rainy or stormy days.

Free Placement Locations

Thanks to its waterproof design, you can place the camera at places that you want without considering water ingress damage, so it is not limited to place in the bird box, it can install close to the feeders too. And you know wood duck habitats near lakes, ponds, or other wet places, and now, with Green backyard outdoor mini camera, you can install a camera into the wood duck box freely.

Eliminate Waterproof Protection Hassle

Previously, there is no waterproof bird box camera, some waterproof protection measures are demanded to obtain a more reliable system. By contrast, only install the camera inside the birdhouse or other nest boxes, then a true waterproof camera bird box camera system is done, saving time and hassle to do extra protection.

Reduced Replacement of Camera

In fact, the majority of replacement of camera results from water ingress issue according to our record. Eliminate water ingress from the original effectively is the best method for a less chance to replace broken camera caused by water ingress.

Moreover, throw out the waterproof capability, the mini camera comes with special designs making it a more suitable option rather than the common types of outdoor cameras that are mainly used for security and surveillance. It features a tiny size to fit in most types of nest boxes, and with less notice. Besides, equipped with an adjustable wide-angle lens, it meets different applications vary from monitoring range and installation distance. Additionally, its 940nm infrared LED light offers bird-friendly night vision to capture clear video at dark night but does not disturb the bird’s natural sleep cycle.

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XtremeWiFi for Remote Wireless Camera Setup

Thanks to the development of technology, bird watchers or nature lovers are opted to install digital cameras in nest boxes or for feeders to obtain fun by viewing the fascinating secret life of birds or some other attractive wildlife with interest with no need to open the boxes or stay close to the sites. Real-time video is accessed remotely anytime anywhere by taping the mobile devices(smartphone, tablets, PC) or turning on the TV. However, for some applications, the camera may be installed at remote locations where WiFi is weak or not available. Green Backyard XtremeWiFi nest camera lets you know how to get the setup done effectively and easily.

It is known that two types of cameras are applied universally from the cabling aspect, namely wired camera and WiFi camera. And actually, the majority of consumers tend to choose WiFi box cameras because of their easier cabling and more flexible camera placement. WiFi box camera only requires running the power cable and the signal is transmitted over WiFi, saving network cabling for a clean setup.

Whereas when taking advantage of the WiFi cameras, installation distance limitation is a big problem when encountering situations that the camera plan to install at remote places where are out of reach of the main WiFi. For example, some would like to build a birdhouse with camera system or feeder with camera system at habitats or parks or forests where birds or wildlife gather most frequently as in this way, there is higher potential to view and study more species and explore more secrets of nature as well. While such places are probably far away from the homes or main buildings. In addition, according to common sense and life experience, WiFi signal transmission is susceptible to distance and obstruction, that being said, WiFi transmission range is limited significantly, and generally common indoor routers used at home or for small scale only support a maximum range of 150ft, which results in limitation on WiFi camera placement.



Simply, to get WiFi box cameras installed beyond this range, finding ways to supply a stronger or extended WiFi signal to reach a greater range is the answer. A variety of solutions opt for consumers to meet different demands and requirements, as you know that companies in this field in order to satisfy the increasing demands, new products are continuously produced. WiFi extenders, PLC adaptors, access points, routers, network bridges are some widely acceptable tools that help strengthen or extend WiFi signals to reach greater distances or get better viewing experiences. These methods also show their shortages like a short distance, tricky setup, or high investment. Moreover, it is inevitable to spend time and face difficulty to make decisions after numerous comparisons so as to choose the most suitable and compatible one before final purchase.

Green Backyard see the needs and care a lot and attempt to make remote WiFi camera setup easier and more effective. Eventually, ultra long range wireless box camera came out, and the camera is improved from different aspects, and its most attractive one is adopting the unprecedented unique XtremeWiFi technology. With this technology, WiFi box cameras allow being placed at ultra long distance locations with no hassle to add extra WiFi signal extension devices separately and complicatedly.

With XtremeWiFi technology, WiFi is capable to travel over ultra long range with higher resistance to effects caused by signal loss and obstruction between WiFi camera and main network router.

Unlike previous WiFi technology, XtremeWiFi supports extreme long range camera setup at a maximum of 800 meters or more under an open area with the light of sight. Therefore, consumers have more choice on the camera placement locations, then it is not a hard thing to do bird watching or wildlife observation at desired places where may be far away from the homes or the workshops. Besides, nature lovers also have more chances to find unknown species that differ from those are commonly seen nearby or get access to view specific species that only can be found at that remote place.

XtremeWiFi offers excellent wall penetrating capability with great utility. As you know that router generally is placed indoors, and it means WiFi signal is definitely interfered with by obstructions like walls and doors. While XtremeWiFi technology enables WiFi signal penetrates several walls and remains a good performance to stream stable high quality video, which is viewed on mobile devices or TV smoothly.

The setup is easy and fast. WiFi signal that is supplied from the home router goes through the specially designed transmitter and receiver simply and stably. Green backyard ultra long range wireless camera generally with a built-in transmitter to deliver bird or wildlife video, only need to get the receiver powered and connected to the home router. What’s more, two power options are provided. Choose to power with an adaptor by plugging into a nearby AC power outlet. Or use PoE power solution by running one network cable to transmit both power and network to the receiver simultaneously, eliminating extra AC power outlet. And in this way, it is easier to place the receiver near a window so as to reduce the obstruction wall effect and obtain better WiFi.

To achieve optimum flexibility on camera replacement and diversity on applications, Green Backyard’s WiFi cameras allow working with motorcycle battery or solar panel battery power system to realize a wire-free setup.



Having known how to solve long distance WiFi box cameras for bird watching or wildlife observation, it is time to select the suitable one accordingly.

There are a number of choices that vary from the way to view the camera, including 3MP Wireless TV Bird Box Camera(3MP ultra high quality video is viewed on TV easily); Long Range Wireless Outdoor IP Bird Box Camera(watch 3MP clear video via mobile devices, like smartphone, tablets, PC); and the one that allows the user to watch birds or wildlife on TV via voice-controlled Alexa or Google Home virtual assistants conveniently.

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Set up a Bat Box for Wildlife Viewing

Some people may be afraid of bats and cannot accept them because they think all bats suffer from rabies. Some people actively set up bat boxes for shelters such as bats because of its various benefits to humans. Some even install cameras to view the bat box and understand the habits of bats. This article will mainly explain to nature lovers what a bat box is and why to use a bat box, as well as some tips on how to set up a bat box.

Like humans, bats are mammals. One-quarter of all mammalian species are bats, but we know even less about them than many other types of mammals. Bats are the only flying mammals in the world. There are still many unsolved mysteries. The first step is to install a bat box in your garden.

Different kinds of bats live in many types of houses, such as hollow trees or caves. If you want to attract bats to your yard, most people will turn to the bat box for help. Bat boxes, also known as bat houses, are used to provide safe and comfortable shelters for bats.

Hanging the bat box in the yard has many advantages. For example, you may also have heard the common phrase “blind bat.” In fact, the bat’s sight line is very good. In fact, bats can hear, smell and smell like humans. They seem to be natural enemies of mosquitoes or other insects. This means you will get rid of the frustration and harm caused by annoying creatures.

In addition, setting up a bat box can provide nature lovers with an opportunity to have close contact with bats, giving them the opportunity to admire bats and watch them in the background. Believe me, when you take the time and enthusiasm to participate in this event, you may be surprisingly exploring.

Due to the different sizes of bats, there are a variety of bat boxes on the market to choose from. They are also different in material, function and design. Before buying, you should specify what type of bats and how many bats you want to hold. This step is very meaningful when determining the required bat box size. Generally, the number of rooms equipped with a bat box depends on the number of bats it can hold. Two bedrooms are sufficient for most requirements.

In addition, the wooden bat box is environmentally friendly. Cedar wood bat box is particularly recommended, because cedar wood has anti-fungal and insect resistance and can extend its service life.

As we all know, beasts like to live in a dark environment, which can indicate that they work in a dark night. Therefore, you need to choose a bat box that can provide dark living conditions for bats. Otherwise, even if you put the bat box in a suitable location, you will find that there are no visitors even in the bat box. And a bat box is needed near the water source.

Placement of the bat box is also an important part of a successful installation. Here are some tips for hanging a bat box. The bat house should be located at least 15 feet above the ground. Keep in a warm (sunny place) and dark place.

In addition, a practical and useful bat box should be made in a rough interior so that the bat can be hung in it.All above are the basic knowledes of the bats and bat boxes, if you have interest in viewing wildlife, you are capable of setting up a night vision camera to monitor the bats inside the bat boxes with 24/7 clear image under dark condition.

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Effective Squirrel Feeder Using Guide

Experts say: “Squirrels are one of the most obvious wild animals in our modern urban and suburban environments. They are an important part of the ecosystem in which they inhabit.” I think nature lovers should take time to learn and be interesting. Something, these fluffy tail creatures are funny and funny because their silly behavior is funny. Setting up a squirrel feeder is one of the easiest ways to help you attract and approach these cute creatures. If you are interested in hanging a squirrel feeder in your yard, please read on and you will be inspired.

Introduction and benefits of squirrel feeder

Usually, for some reason, someone wants to add a special squirrel feeder to the garden.

The first is that they like cute squirrels and plan to feed them enough food. Moreover, you hardly need to wait any time to find your transaction.

Another reason is entertainment. You know that many people like to watch furry little animals solve problems, or just watch their eating and behavior.

Frankly speaking, for bird lovers in most cases, squirrels give them a headache because squirrels can easily eat the unsuspecting bird feeders they hang up. Therefore, they may be people who want to take squirrels from their gardens or bird feeders. Fortunately, there is a useful solution to this common problem-buy a squirrel feeder. If you can’t beat them, then feed them​​! Because in this case, add a squirrel feeder in your yard, so that bird lovers can provide squirrels with their favorite individual food, so as to enjoy bird watching and squirrel watching together. After setting up the feeder, the squirrel can be a good guest in the yard.

There are many types of squirrel feeders, and the way squirrels get food is also different. They have different sizes and functions, and may be designed to feed on specific foods. When shopping, please keep in mind some precautions, which may be of great help to you.

First, you need to figure out which squirrels often appear in your garden or which squirrels you want to attract, and then choose squirrel food that may contain food suitable for them.

In addition, squirrel food should be easy to add and clean. Choose a squirrel feeder with a cover that can be opened easily.

In addition, choose a squirrel feeder that clearly displays the food and is visible to the squirrels to see if they like food.

What do squirrels like to eat?

Squirrels have a variety of diets in nature, and they provide better nutrition than one kind of food. Nuts on the shell are the best, such as walnuts, acorns, pecans, pecans, hazelnuts, walnuts, beech, almonds, etc.

In addition, the natural cedar wood squirrel feeder can resist fungus and insect rot, providing a healthier food shelter for squirrels.

Most importantly, the squirrel feeder should be equipped with a slender and durable habitat to accommodate the squirrels and provide them with a safe platform to enjoy delicious food.

In order to observe the squirrels, some nature lovers may install cameras to broadcast live the activities of the squirrels landing on the feeder. In this way, they can learn from squirrels without disturbing them and watch them closely.

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Bird Feeder for Backyard Bird Watching

Hanging bird feeders in the backyard has been a common thing for bird lovers range from all ages and different groups. For those you wondering why set up bird feeders and how to choose and use bird feeder, this article is for you, which may cover you some basic knowledge before you dive into the world of bird feeder setup.

The reasons why to set up bird feeders is varied. Apart from the reason that hanging bird feeders benefits the local bird population. The reasons differ from users. Some just for feeding birds with sufficient food and make birds healthier. Some would like to attract birds to their backyard and watch various lovely feathered visitors by capturing images of bird gathered on or around the feeders simply looking through the windows. Others may use professional devices to live stream or record the video of birds and learn their activities, and this bird watching is entertaining and relaxing past-time, which offers a sense of enjoyment and satisfaction.

Now you know that hanging up bird feeders in the backyard provides lots of advantages, as a bird lover, especial the beginner, you are supposed to pay attention to feeder types and should get some tips on how to choose the best suitable bird feeder that meet your needs.

In fact, there are different types of bird feeders available on the market, and different types come with different features and some types of bird feeders are even specially designed for specific birds. With so many types of bird feeders available, choosing one can be overwhelming. Here we give you a quick reference guide to help you make the decision for a practical purchase.

First of all, let’s look through the types of bird feeders. When you are looking for bird feeders via online shopping, you may see various names of bird feeders, including tube feeders, tray or platform feeders, window feeders, hopper or house bird feeders, etc.

Tube Feeders

Tube feeders are hanging-type feeders that allow birds to feed through screens or ports. Depending on the size of the feeding ports, you can offer tiny nyjer seeds or larger seeds. Hollow tubes keep seed fairly clean and dry. One of the main advantages of a tube feeder is that it prevents competition from larger birds, such as jays.

Tray or Platform Feeders

Perhaps the simplest of the feeder designs, trays attract the widest variety of seed-eating feeder birds, but tray feeders offer no protection against rain and snow. Bird droppings can quickly soil the seed in tray feeders.

Window Feeders

Window feeders usually are small plastic boxes or platforms that attach to a window with suction cups or hook to the window sill. They afford us wonderful, close-up views of birds, and their placement makes them the safest of all feeder types for preventing window collisions.

Hopper or “House” Feeders

To be honest, hopper bird feeder, or house bird feeders are the most recommended choice for the beginners or enthusiasts. Hopper bird feeders are attractive to most feeder birds, including sparrows, cardinals, and chickadees while the finches would prefer a thistle feeder. Another benefit of our hopper feeders is the amount of seed they can hold. Many houses can hold enough seed to last for several days. Moreover, this kind of feeder protects seeds fairly well against the weather and bird droppings due to its low and extended roof. Hopper feeders can be mounted on a pole or suspended. 

Although most hopper feeders are much harder to clean than tray feeders, it is still a fair option for bird lovers to pick up on account with its multiple advantages. Some house feeders like our Green Backyard cedar bird feeder made from natural cedar wood help preserve the environment and resist insect fungi and rot. For people would like to install bird feeder camera to monitor the birds perch on or around the feeders, our bird feeder is camera ready bird feeder that is pre-made with the design that allow you to install a mini camera to watch birds remotely on mobile devices or TV.

One of the most important things to attract all kinds of birds to enjoy your feeder is to place the feeder in the right place and provide proper and healthy food. When changing bird feeders, you’d better find a safe, comfortable or convenient bird habitat. The best place to place the feeder will simulate the natural food preferences of birds. Placing a feeder near these natural sounds can help attract birds. Place bird feeders about 10 to 12 feet away from suitable shelters (such as trees). The paper feeder should be placed very close to the window (less than three feet) or farther away (more than 10 feet).

Pick up a cedar house bird feeder and install a bird feeder camera to gain the opportunity of wonderful bird watching with close and clear image of bird feeding or other bird activities.

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Watch Birds or Wildlife On TV with HDMI Cameras

Bird watching or other wildlife observation is common pastime activity for all ages bird watchers and nature lovers, especially for the senior and students for the reasons that this meaningful activity not only makes them learn more knowledge on birds habits, and brings them great enjoyment and satisfaction. If you are green to bird watching or wildlife observation, setting up a digital box camera for your nest boxes or feeders, like birdhouses, hedgehog houses, bat boxes, wood duck boxes, bat boxes and others is definitely a strong recommendation to start exploring the secret and fun when get close to nature. Because such camera system allows you to view birds or wildlife remotely but closely as well as capture birds’ or wildlife’s activities timely.

In the beginning, bird lovers can only choose the traditional analogue camera to do bird watching, and we here to talk about an advanced bird box camera-HDMI bird box camera, which enables people to watch lovely birds on TV with the sharper video image, so as to look deep into more surprising details and gain unexpected birding experiences.

Above we mentioned the analog bird box camera, it is a kind of camera that used at CCTV system and later applied at bird watching system. The analog camera can be watched on TV directly and record over DVR. Essentially, analog cameras feature intrinsic resolution limits, providing resolutions range from 420p to 700p. In fact, such image quality is quite enough for the era of the 90s, but technology development and people’s requirements on a high definition are kept enhancing, which means such poor-quality image of the analog camera is quite blurry for effective bird watching. Therefore, bird watchers intend to find a camera that offers better image quality, and then Green Backyard has launched the HDMI bird box camera to address this dilemma.

Reading to this, you should have interest in the what is HDMI bird box camera. The camera is an improvement of the traditional analog camera, so it also categorizes as an analog camera, but it is named an AHD camera. AHD stands for Analog High Definition, and it is a new HD surveillance video standard. AHD technology offers high definition video which allows the camera to send an HD signal over a 3-in 1 HDMI cable and display on TV or other DHMI monitors. Moreover, AHD currently supports High Definition 720p,1080p & 4MP, 5MP & 8MP AHD cameras right now. That said, the birdhouse camera that adopts the AHD technology is able to grant bird watchers the possibility to get an extremely high-quality sharp video of birds. I guess this is definitely a great appeal for most bird watchers who chase for an upgrading birdhouse system.

Knowing the concept of the HDMI camera, you may wonder how such a nest box camera works and how to use it to set up your own bird box camera system. The connection mainly relies on the components of the signal converter, HDMI cable, and certainly the HDMI camera itself. It requires to hardwire to the AC outlet or power supply to get power to work. Video, power, and audio are available by utilizing only one cable between the camera and the converter and achieve a neat connection. HDMI cable is also used to connect the converter with the TVs or HDMI/VGA monitors that display live streaming video with vivid audio of the nest boxes for birds or other wildlife.

Green Backyard HDMI cameras equipped with the HDMI converter features with wireless and wired connection, both enables a long range setup for installation flexibility, so you can get your camera installed apart from the main power and network with longer distance, which is well suits for people can’t reach a closed power socket. What’s more, the HDMI nest box camera comes with plug and play installation and there is no extra technical configuration needed, thus the camera is a fair choice for the senior to have one to carry on a DIY project with the least frustration and most convenience.

In the procedure of picking up a suitable HDMI bird box camera for practical bird watching, some factors are supposed to be taken into consideration to avoid the situation that the camera you purchased is a bomb.

Except for the previously mentioned image quality and location of the camera placement, you will need to think of the camera’s field of view, namely the viewing range or covering a range of the camera, which depends on not only the distance but also the lens of the camera. Cameras with an ultra-angle lens are capable of supplying a wider range of the nest box, and this may cover more bird activities that occurred inside the birdhouse. Green backyard HDMI camera utilizes a 2.5 mm ultra-wide-angle lens, this allows you to view more details under 1080p HD or better image quality.

In addition, LED night vision is another crucial factor to consider. It’s known that lots of bird activities may take place at nighttime and if the camera lack night vision function, it would be a pity to access amazing bird watching. The HDMI camera adopts invisible infrared LEDs to give a clear black and white image at the low light conditions with few disturbances to the birds.

For the recording capability, some bird watchers want to keep the video files of various bird activities for study or constantly enjoy, recording function is an important part for them. With the Green Backyard HDMI camera, you just need to add the camera to an existing DVR system directly with simple steps, and a mass of bird video can be recorded and playback.

All in all, you have been covered with basic information on the advanced HDMI bird box camera, if you prefer to watch the bird box on a big screen TV with an easy installation, start your purchase now.

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How to change bird box camera’s resolution

The bird box camera can produce multiple video streams with different resolutions. You can log in to the birdhouse camera to change the parameters including resolution, frame rate, video compression.

1. First, right click the camera name in the Device list and select “Config” option.

2. Next choose “Encode Config”.

3. Here you can switch the compression between H.264/H.265, video resolution, frame rate, image quality, audio ON/OFF. Click “Apply” to save the setting to the camera.

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How to manually configure the bird box camera’s IP address

Usually the IP bird box camera is pre-set to DHCP which means it will receive the IP address assignment from your router automatically. This can avoid network configuration of the IP birdhouse camera. In some case, the camera may fail to obtain the correct IP address from your router, you still can manually change the IP address by using the PC software. The PC software use the broadcast technology to discover the camera on the same local network. Even the bird box camera’s IP configure is not correct, the software should be able to discover the device as long as it is online.

Instructions

This below instruction is suitable for the IP (WiFi) birdhouse camera from Green-Backyard, Gardenature, Oertl, Green-feathers, and Handykam which are using iCSee or XMEYE mobile application. Both iCSee and XMEYE are Interchangeable.

1. First, go to “Device Manager”. In the next screen, wait for a few seconds, The software will discover your camera automatically and listed on the first row.


2. Next tick the check box in front of the IP address to select the camera you would like to add to the software. Click “Add” button to confirm.


3. Now find the IP icon under the “Operation” and click it.


4. Next in the popup screen, click “auto Get Address”. The software will try to assign the correct IP address to the camera. You also can manually input the IP address and the gateway to the camera. Now Click “Modify” to save the new IP setting to the camera. The default password is empty, if you forget the camera’s password, please reset the camera.


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