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!