Not all birds are created equal. Some prefer keeping their feet on the ground while others rarely ever get closer to the soil that the lowest branches of their preferred tree. Naturally, this means that their feeding habits and locations are equally varied. So in order to record photos or videos of all the varieties of backyard birds visiting your home, knowing different ways to position the Wingscapes BirdCam is essential.
The easiest way to position the BirdCam is simply to sit the BirdCam directly on the ground. This will allow it to be in perfect position to record the many birds such as thrashers, quail, and juncos that prefer to feed on the ground. As the Wingscapes BirdCam is entirely weatherproof, ground placement is perfectly safe even in wet environments.
A variation of the simple ground placement is to add a small table-top sized camera tripod to the BirdCam to give it just a slight elevation and downward-looking angle. This subtle change in perspective can provide some remarkably different bird photos, adding greater depth and dimensionality to your pictures or videos. It is a highly recommended technique for anyone seeking to capture bird photography or videos of small ground feeding flocks, as are common with quail, doves, and even ducks.
Getting the Wingscapes BirdCam off the ground and up into the habitat of the perching birds, such as cardinals, finches, nuthatches, and orioles opens the door to many more possibilities. One of the simplest is to use the stretch cords included with the BirdCam to secure it to trees, fence posts, or just about anything else around which the cords will reach. This mounting technique is a great way to aim the BirdCam at a feeder hung from a tree where the placement of a tripod is not desired. For those who have access to lakeshores or even small rivers, some remarkable images of waterbirds may be captured by securing the BirdCam with the stretch cords to a dock piling or mooring post just off the shoreline.
As the Wingscapes BirdCam features a universal tripod attachment location on its base, any standard ¼-20 threaded tripod mounting plate may be attached, providing the BirdCam with all the versatility afforded by photographic tripods. Tripods allow for placement of the BirdCam in locations that might not offer any other stable mounting location. As they can be adjusted for height, angle, and easily repositioned, tripods are a great way to take advantage of changing light conditions or to obtain a particular background to the recorded images.
Of course, many of the best ways to position the Wingscapes BirdCam involve using the BirdCam Mounting Arm. Designed to clamp directly to any bird feeder or garden pole having a diameter from 0.5 – 1.5 inches and featuring both an adjustable elbow joint with position settings at -60, -30, 0, 30 and 60 degrees and a ball-and-socket mounting head joint for 360 degree rotation as well as angular movement, the BirdCam Mounting Arm is one of the most versatile of all the BirdCam positioning options.
The use of the BirdCam Mounting Arm is an ideal mounting platform for those seeking to get full frame images of their feeder-visiting birds. By attaching the BirdCam and Mounting Arm directly to the pole on which the feeder is hung, and setting the BirdCam’s focus setting to the 18 – 23 inch distance position, vivid close up photos or videos of individual birds are a snap to record.
For those who hang bird feeders from posts with diameters larger than 1.5 inches, the versatility of the BirdCam Mounting Arm can still be employed. For flat surface posts, such as the 4x4 posts, simply remove the back portion of the BirdCam Mounting Arm's clamp and attach the Mounting Arm to the post using wood screws. A ratchet strap can also be used to secure the Mounting Arm. Simply remove the back portion of the BirdCam Mounting Arm and thread the strap through the slot at the base of the Mounting Arm.
When it comes right down to it, the number of ways to position a Wingscapes Bird Cam is really limited only by your imagination – so long as two basic rules are remembered. First, always make sure the BirdCam is stable and secure when in its operating position. Second, don't hang it solely by the loop at the top – this may allow it to rotate or swing and not remain pointed at your bird feeder, bird bath, or other desired location. So be creative, try different locations and positions to see all the birds and other wildlife visiting your yard. You'll be amazed at what you've been missing.