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New Bird Cams Offer Behind-The-Scenes Look

Unless you’ve been avoiding any news about birds, you’ve probably seen or at least heard about the gripping webcam that’s capturing the life of three beautiful baby Bald Eagles. Right now, a live look-in on the webcam will show you three adorable eaglets huddled together in their nest 80 feet above the ground in Decorah, Iowa.

What’s so remarkable about this webcam is that millions of people have tuned in to watch and it’s sparked an interest in the natural behavior of birds.

The advent of new technology and low-priced cameras means that even amateur birders can get this same high-quality firsthand view of nesting birds’ natural behaviors in their own backyard.

New birdhouses, like the Cedar House with Hawk Camera, come with a small camera and a 100′ cable that plugs into your television. Birdhouse Spy Cam has actually been selling these cameras for a few years, but the most recent models are definitely better quality and much more advanced than previous ones.

For example, the camera included with the Cedar House comes in color with infrared to see at night, a small microphone and a weather shield for additional protection. If you check out the video below, you’ll see some of the amazing capabilities of the inexpensive camera.

The creation of live video hosting websites like Ustream, which hosts the Decorah Bald Eagle Cam, makes it easy for birders to share their live footage of a variety of species of birds nesting and going about their daily business.

Although the Cedar House has a floor of about 4” x 4” that accommodates small birds like chickadees, house wrens and titmice, the camera can be used with a variety of birdhouses and nesting boxes.

If you’ve purchased one of these really cool cameras that document the natural behavior of birds and have posted it on Ustream or YouTube, please share it with us because we’d love to see how you’ve utilized it.

Timothy Martinez Jr. is a writer and freelance journalist. His work has been published in The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Remapping Debate in New York City and other publications. He’s been a bird lover since he was young and currently lives in New Orleans, L.A.


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