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We have taken our award winning Nest Box Camera System and added a unique twist by literally turning the traditional nest box design on it’s head….well almost!
The Side View design continues to offer garden birds a warm and secure place to raise their family but offers the viewer a unique side on view (including the entrance hole) rather than the traditional top down view. Although side view nest box camera systems have been attempted in the past they have all relied on larger nest boxes with a glass or clear Perspex divider between the camera and the nest to achieve the appropriate viewing angle. However, this causes a number of problems, the main two being:
The innovative side view design eliminates these problems as it does not require a glass divider. The camera body and connections are mounted behind an opaque plastic panel fitted with a small slot for the camera lens to peep through. As the camera is mounted at the top of the sloping side wall, nesting material and mess is kept well away in the nesting well at the base of the box.
The high quality mini video camera provides clear colour images during the daylight hours, there is also a built in microphone so you can hear as well as see whats going on. This system will be delivered fully assembled and tested so all you have to do is position the box, plug it in and start watching.
INSIDE THE NESTBOX
1. The nest well - providing a warm, safe place for birds to nest. This Birdbox follows RSPB and BTO recommendations.
2. Small window - to allow just enough natural light inside the box to help provide great colour images.
3. Camera Compartment - keeps camera, connections and other components away from the birds.
4. Plug n Play Cable - Various lengths available. WIRELESS option also available.
This system offers unique Side View images which include the entrance hole.
So what do you get for your money?
The box is hand built in our own workshops from high grade Western Red Cedar (sourced from well managed forests) and follows guidelines suggested by the RSPB and British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). Suitable for a wide range of garden birds including:
You may read in various publications that the entrance hole must be a particular size to attract a specific species of bird (eg. 25mm for Blue Tits etc). However, these are purely GUIDELINES and our experience has shown (incl consultation with the RSPB for supply of their branded kit) that a 32mm hole will not deter Blue Tits, or any of the other small hole nesting garden birds in the slightest. Using a 32mm hole maximises the chances of a pair of birds nesting in the box.
The nest box has a small camera compartment to house the camera and connections. A quick release camera mounting bracket is also fitted to hold the camera in the optimum position.
The Camera - All of our nest box cameras are manufactured to our own specification and exacting standards. The camera used in this kit is one of our HIGH RESOLUTION CCD type cameras and has a resolution of upto 520TVL (TV Lines). This will produce great COLOUR images during daylight hours. A built in highly sensitive microphone helps you to hear as well as see what is going on inside the box too. Finally, the camera also has an adjustable focus lens. This is pre-focused to the correct position but can be easily adjusted at a later date should you require.
The Rest Of The System - Consists of a professional plug n play cable connected to the camera in the roof of the nest box. The other end of the cable has three connectors. They are black, yellow and white. The black one is for power and connects to the 12V DC power adaptor supplied (looks like a mobile phone charger). This plugs into a mains socket. The remaining yellow (video) and white (audio) connectors plug into a spare AV socket on your TV, video recorder or DVD recorder. This can be either a spare scart socket (usually found on the back of the TV or video/DVD recorder) using the scart adaptor supplied or the three RCA type phono sockets (x3 round, yellow, white and red sockets) on the front or side of your TV/Video/DVD recorder. Connect the yellow-to-yellow and white-to-white, switch on the 12v mains adaptor, then select the appropriate AV channel on your TV using your TV remote control.
This kit can be connected straight to your computer if you have the appropriate connections. Look for a round yellow socket (the same as on your TV) on the back of your PC. If you have one of these connectors on your PC it will most likely be on the graphics card, a TV card or a dedicated capture card. If you dont have this connection or you plan to use a laptop we would recommend using one of our Video to USB adaptors. All you need is a spare USB socket and an audio jack input socket (most computers will have these). Software is supplied to get you started (we have XP/Vista and Apple Mac versions available) but once connected you can pretty much use any piece of software that can accept a live video input (eg. most webcam software). We would recommend I-catcher Wildlife available here. This has full motion detection capabilities and much more!
You will have the opportunity to add accessories to this kit such as extension cables and the video to USB adaptor after you click on the ADD TO BASKET button above.
The specifications for this product are as follows:
|Audio:||Highly Sensitive Microphone built in|
|Camera Resolution:||upto 520TVL|
|Camera Sensor:||1/3" CCD COLOUR|
|Lens:||f=3.6mm / F=2.0|
|Lens Angle:||92 Deg|
|Max Current Consumption:||150mA|
|Min Operating Temperature:||-10Deg C|
|Nest Box Material:||Western Red Cedar|
|Operating Voltage:||12v DC|