Installing a birdhouse camera
Since spring 2003 I observe titmouse's in my birdhouse. In this article I will explain how to do this.
television with scart connection
computer with tv card
wood and stain
material to connect the cables
De camera is a little infrared security camera with a image angle of 92 degrees, 6,5 x 5 x 3,5 cm, from the firm Hapé type CA27. This camera is completely delivered including cables for 50 Euro.
After mounting the camera with the extension cable of 17 metre the camera can
be directly connected to a television with scart connecting.
Because of the fact the camera has 6 leds, it gives to much light. By mounting the lens in a wooden shelf, the light can be regulated by putting little holes in the wooden shelf.
Focus the camera
The camera can be opened carefully (note: by opening the camera, it will no longer be under warranty). A rubber ring can be removed. The lens can be turned in and out, to get a sharp view.
Turning the lens minimal and maximal.
Complete view of the opened camera.
Rebuilding the birdhouse
The birdhouse gets a gabled roof, to get space for placing the camera. During testing the entrance (flight hole) of the birdhouse could not be seen. To see the entrance also, the birdhouse was raised by 10 cm.
Testing the camera
By focussing the camera a test bird has been placed in the birdhouse.
with to following result:
Tips / remarks:
It's difficult to have always a sharp image. These images were made inside the house. Sunlight is much sharper.
The camera has a microphone and also records sounds of other birds, cars, etceteras.
How is everything connected?
The easiest way is shown on an image out of the manual:
I chose the following connection:
After staining and assembling the birdhouse it looks this way:
The camera has been installed on March, 9th 2003. May 18th 2003 the 10th titmouse's was born.
In the next articles more information can be found:
Titmouse's in a birdhouse in 2003 gives pictures of the birds in the nestbox..