October 28, 2020

Woman Set Up A Feeder Cam For Birds In Her Yard And Here Are Some Stunning Shots

Our planet is full of fascinating animals, each of which plays a vital role in the ecosystem and makes the world a beautiful place for us to live in. But between all the species, birds are perhaps the prettiest. Birds are the beautiful creatures of nature blessed with a melodious voice. Birds make nature’s most beautiful and complex sounds. Because of their liberating ability to fly, they seem so unreachable and mysterious to us. Fortunately, there is a way to meet with nature face to face and explore all types of birds in their natural setting without scaring them away or causing any harm.

Lisa, who can be found by the name Ostdrossel on her social media, has always been fascinated by nature and birds. She had an urge to get a little closer to the colorful birds in her yard that are uncommon in her homeland. She started looking for more ways to make it possible, and as a result, she has thousands of cool photos capturing different gorgeous bird species, their funny expressions, majestic poses, and sometimes crazy behavior.

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She says that she’s seen somewhere around 30 different species. A photoshoot takes place every day in Lisa’s yard under any weather conditions. These pictures are more than just a fun hobby for Lisa. She shares them on a few different social media platforms. Her usual evening routine is going through an impressive number of photos taken during the day that can reach up to 7000.

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Her photographic journey began in 2012 when she moved from Germany to Michigan for love. She was surprised by the variety of wildlife in her new backyard, so she started feeding and snapping pictures of them. Lisa wanted to share these photos with her family in Germany as many species were different from what she used to see in city life. “When I moved to the US from my native country Germany, I noticed that the birds here are more colorful and different than in Germany. I wanted to share them with my family and started taking photos,” says Lisa.

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At first, Lisa started off with a pocket camera, then with a DSLR camera, and also experimented with some other ways of photographing these wild species up close. However, it didn’t take long before she realized that to capture their natural habitat, she would have to build her own homemade feeder camera. “I enjoy seeing the beauty of the bird anatomy, the delicate patterns, the feathers, the colors, and of course their antics. How they pose, etc. The creative process mainly consists of choosing the best photo out of thousands that my system takes each day and then editing it a bit. The reward is being able to share it with the world and seeing how others enjoy it as well, learn something, or are becoming more fascinated by nature.”

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She didn’t even realize when this became her full-time hobby. Each night, she reviewed photos and videos from her feeder cam and the results impressed her. Lisa saw the unique and funny expressions and behaviors of animals living around her home: things that many people don’t see or notice in their everyday life. There were even some exotic birds that she had never seen before, like an exotic hummingbird. “The most exotic birds are mostly coming during spring migration. I had a summer tanager one time and a pine warbler. Every day is a new chance to get something special in the yard, be it a scene or an animal. I am not hunting for exotics, I try to find the beauty in every day.” It didn’t take long before these birds began to raise their young and her feeder became a central part of fledglings growing up. “Birds do return, I can recognize them by their markings. There is a grackle, for example, that we named Count Drackula, which has white dots around the neck and looks especially grumpy.”

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“I use two setups. One is a homemade setup with an action camera in a weatherproof box, with which I mainly take closeup photos. The other one is a camera by the company Birdsy. It works with AI and records videos when the AI identifies a bird or animal in the frame. The videos are stored in my Birdsy account, from which I can download and edit them, watch them, or share them. Birdsy is still in the test phase, but will be launching very soon. There is more information on their website. I have been using this camera for about a year now and absolutely love it. The fun thing is that it captures scenes you would normally not see, like squabbles at the birdbath or birds feeding their babies,” explains Lisa.

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