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Woman Sets Up Bird Feeder Cam to Capture Close-Ups of Diverse Birds Visiting Her Backyard

Backyard Bird Feeder Cam by Ostdrossel

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Intrigued by the diverse range of birds who frequently visit her garden, Lisa (aka Ostdrossel) created a homemade feeder cam—hidden within a weatherproof box—so she could capture her feather friends on camera without scaring them away. “I have always been fascinated with birds but it only became more of a hobby after I moved to the U.S.,” Lisa (who is originally from Germany) tells My Modern Met. “I saw cardinals and goldfinches and blue jays, and on top of that hummingbirds, and they all felt so much more colorful than the birds I knew from city life in Germany.”

Lisa originally began taking photos to share with her family, but as time went on, she got deeper into the art of bird photography. She began experimenting with different camera setups that allowed her to capture close-ups of her garden wildlife without disturbing them. She soon arrived at her current feeder cam setup, allowing her to photograph all kinds of garden critters while they feast on tasty bird feed. Along with her feeder cam, Lisa also uses Birdsy Cam for capturing videos. The system uses artificial intelligence to recognize bird and wildlife species while recording them 24/7.

“It is all still evolving, I am constantly looking and researching how to improve things or try something different,” says Lisa. “And seeing how happy my photos and videos make people is a big part of the fun of it.” From grackles collecting seeds and nuts to goldfinches socially gathering for a snack, it’s amazing to see the variety of species that visit Lisa’s garden—she’s even captured squirrels on camera!

Check out some of Lisa’s bird photos below. If you like her images, you can buy them printed onto face masks on Redbubble. Profits are donated to Feeding America—a U.S. hunger relief organization.

Lisa, aka Ostdrossel, set up a homemade feeder cam that allows her to snap shots of the diverse birds in her backyard as they feast on bird feed.

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The camera is hidden within a weatherproof box, so Lisa is able to capture close-ups of her feathered friends without scaring them away.

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Lisa has even captured cheeky chipmunks and squirrels having a sneaky snack!

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Ostdrossel.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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