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CorkNest



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 11:54 pm    Post subject: DIY 2 camera NestCam with movable side camera Reply with quote

If you want to build your own nestcam I put construction details here:
http://www.CorkNest.com


The box has one overhead camera and a side view camera with pan/tilt/zoom that can be operated outside the box.

Photos show how to construct the box using an off the shelf nestbox.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Re: http://karlgrabe.com/wild/NestCam/NestCam%20Ver3/pages/DSC00017.htm

Those little screws and standoffs you use to mount the camera -- can I ask where you got them? I've been looking for something like that for a while now.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice !

it clearly looks well built to withstand heavy rainy conditions

is the pan/tilt/zoom of the side camera operated by push/pulling those red cables ?

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

fsphil wrote:
Re: http://karlgrabe.com/wild/NestCam/NestCam%20Ver3/pages/DSC00017.htm

Those little screws and standoffs you use to mount the camera -- can I ask where you got them? I've been looking for something like that for a while now.


the side camera is 'floating' on the end of nylon pushrods - you should be able to get them in a radio model shop. The ones I use are 2mm and the manufacturer is a us company Sullivan. on the pack is says "Gold-N-Rod control rod set nylon type". the set comes with clevises to connect to a servo - they are not actually screws and I snipped them as they were too long.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Martin wrote:
nice !

it clearly looks well built to withstand heavy rainy conditions

is the pan/tilt/zoom of the side camera operated by push/pulling those red cables ?


Yes - the rods are 91cm long and soI have to go up a ladder to move the camera. I mounted the top of a plastic carton on the end of the rods (you can see that in one of the photos.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 1:42 pm    Post subject: Video demo of nestcam Reply with quote

Posted 2 videos - one showing how the sidecamera moves and the other of a blue tit having a look around this morning:

http://karlgrabe.com/wild/NestCam/NestCam%20Ver3/NestCamV3.html

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've posgted some more video here:
http://karlgrabe.com/birds.htm

if the birds decide to nest I'll update the page but I don't expect much to happen for another month or so,
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a clip from today showing simultaneous overhead and side views of a bluetit(m?) inspecting the nest and another (f?) looking in the entrance hole.

here's a 11MB quicktime movie:
http://karlgrabe.com/wild/NestCam/NestCam%20Ver3/videos/BTinsp24feb08.mov

Also on u-Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgP5TJO5nsA
Cameras 2/3. Cam 1 is empty but has a roosting great tit in it at night.


I moved the side view camera to point at the entrance hole and also removed the glass panel in front of the side view camera - the bird seemed too interested in the reflection - thanks to Elizabeth for info on this.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Female? blue tit joins male? in nest box who leaves immediately.
Female? has a good look into side view camera compartment (hope doesn't decide to nest there!)

1 minute video - cameras 2/3
3MB WMV:
http://karlgrabe.com/wild/NestCam/NestCam%20Ver3/videos/bt26feb08/bt26feb08.wmv

16MB AVI
http://karlgrabe.com/wild/NestCam/NestCam%20Ver3/videos/bt26feb08/bt26feb08.avi

Camera 1 is a different nest box, currently just has a great tit roosting at night.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the moveable camera idea, it certainly looks more flexible than trying to use a motorised set up.

the avi crashed my browser for some reason, but the wmv worked fine started streaming straight away

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AVI works well here, though it's a little on the large size and you've got AC3 audio - while nice is a bit overkill Wink

Good video btw - I think your spot on with the genders of the birds.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Martin wrote:
I like the moveable camera idea, it certainly looks more flexible than trying to use a motorised set up.

the avi crashed my browser for some reason, but the wmv worked fine started streaming straight away


hopefully the birds will settle so I can try the movable camera although I have to climb up a ladder, green acres style, to move it. Not sure also how the birds would react, could move it a night of course.

Think the avi was a little big, I'll try again if something new happens in the box.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2008 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The blue tit was bothered by a rubber cover on the side view camera:

Blue Tit pulls off camera rubber cover
Blue Tit pulls off camera rubber cover
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The cover is just a bit of rubber tubing protecting the board camera.

Eventually after a few days managed to pulled it off, then didn't know what to do with it - video here:
4mb WMV


Camera is shown here without the cover - nice electronic components to peck at!
Cam Picture

I opened the box tonight and removed the rubber cover - need to figure out out now if I need to come up with a better solution.

ps - put it on utube also:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwfKOiCD4Lw

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 5:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

that bluetit needs an ASBO !

perhaps you can superglue the cover in place or make a wooden alternative

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Ines



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good morning,

never thought, that such a little bird has so much power to remove the rubber. It looked like the Bluetit was realy furious about it. Looking foreward what solution could fix this problem.
Quote:
that bluetit needs an ASBO !

What does ASBO mean?

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