If you were lucky enough to unwrap a Wingscapes AutoFeeder this holiday season, congratulations! We hope you’ll be delighted with all the many advantages it offers over traditional bird feeders.
While we know that some new owners have already unpacked, assembled, and put their new AutoFeeders into operation already, we also know how busy and filled with activities the holidays can be - so there are probably many out there who simply haven’t found the time to do so yet. So for those who haven’t assembled theirs yet, we’ve produced a short video showing how (as well as how easy it is) to put together a Wingscapes AutoFeeder that we hope will be helpful to all.
For more helpful tips, please visit the Wingscapes YouTube and Facebook pages.
To all those who unwrapped a Wingscapes BirdCam 2.0, Audubon BirdCam, or TimelapseCam 8.0 this holiday season, welcome to the Wingscapes community!
By now you’ve probably already unpacked and set-up your new camera. Of course, you might not yet have downloaded your first batch of images or videos yet, but for when you do, we wanted to make sure you some of the most popular places to share your new collection with other Wingscapes enthusiasts.
First, there’s the Wingscapes BirdCam Photo Gallery. Here you can see what other BirdCam users have been recording with their cameras - such as this beautiful image of a male Ruby-throated Hummingbird that Adam from Dudley, North Carolina photographed with his Audubon BirdCam - as well as upload your own discoveries.
Then of course, Wingscapes has a Facebook page as well as a Twitter feed through which your work can be shared. If you do so via Twitter, please include the hashtag #birdcam so others can easily find your images.
Finally, for those recording videos, Wingscapes has a YouTube channel you might want to follow. On it you can view some of what we’ve been recording. We also like to use it to connect with other YouTubing Wingscapers (or should that be that Wingscaping YouTubers?).
Whether you prefer one of these options or all of them for sharing your work with your fellow Wingscapes enthusiasts, the important thing is that you do so. Showing others what you’ve been recording as well as learning their discoveries is part of the fun of owning a Wingscapes camera - and we wouldn’t want you to miss out on any of it.
We’ve seen some remarkable videos recorded with the Wingscapes TimelapseCam 8.0 but this one from Zirriborro of artist Marta Aguirre creating a mural for the opening of Studio 4-10 in Bilbao, Bizkaia, Spain truly sets the achievement bar at a new height.
To add the soundtrack, make the scene cuts, and incorporate the remarkable overlaid effects that give their video so much pizzazz, Zirriborro noted that they used the Mac-based video editing program Final Cut Pro.
While we were overjoyed to see the entirety of what Zirriborro and Señora Aguirre had created using the TimelapseCam 8.0, we got a particular chuckle out of the bit near the end of the video when a photographer was recorded while taking a picture of Wingscapes camera at work.
For more cool time lapse videos, please visit the Wingscapes YouTube and Facebook pages.
Of all North America’s “winter-time birds” few are as fun to watch as they come and go from feeders as the nuthatches. With their active feeding habits and unusual “head down” perching posture, these stumpy little birds quickly capture the attention - and hearts - of backyard nature enthusiasts as they repeatedly fly in, grab a seed or bit of suet, then fly off to a nearby tree to eat their collected morsel upside-down.
Nancybirdies from Vienna, Virginia, a long-time and frequent contributor to the Wingscapes BirdCam Photo Gallery, recently uploaded this textbook perfect image of a White-breasted Nuthatch that she recorded with her Audubon BirdCam as it visited her suet feeder. We very much look forward to seeing more of her, and your, nuthatch as well as other BirdCam photos in the Photo Gallery or on our Facebook page very soon.
For more wonderful Nuthatch feeding photos and videos, please visit the Wingscapes Photo Gallery, Youtube channel and Facebook page.
One of the things about humans that have made us so successful in adapting to our surroundings is an often over-looked bit or our anatomy: our opposable thumbs. We’re not alone in having these remarkably useful digits that can be rotated to face the fingers of the same hand in order to allow things to be firmly grasped; primates have them as well.
However despite appearances to the contrary - such as in this BirdCam 2.0 video of a one feasting on the peanuts in Ferddie2009’s birdfeeder, squirrels do not. So why does it so often look as though they do?
Squirrels do have thumbs, just not opposable ones. They can use these thumbs along with their other digits to get a firm hold on items of food and move it around with great dexterity but only, as this video shows, when they use both of their forepaws simultaneously.
If squirrels had true opposable thumbs, they likely wouldn’t just eat one peanut at a time using both hands at once but would probably grab one in each hand; thus doubling their consumption. Quite frankly, I don’t think any of us who feed birds would be in favor of that.
For more fun squirrel photos and videos, please visit the Wingscapes' Youtube channel and Facebook page.
It’s not clear just what caused this Eurasian Jay’s left foot to be malformed. Perhaps it was an injury that didn’t heal well. Perhaps it was an infection. Perhaps it was this way since hatching. Whatever the cause, it could be a very serious problem for it indeed if it is unable to adapt.
Had the problem involved its beak or a wing, it’s difficult to imaging the poor bird being able to survive as such impairments would restrict eating and movement. Fortunately, as Colin from Welwyn Garden City who used his BirdCam 2.0 to record this superb image of it reports, the Jay seems to have adapted quite well. It has no difficulty in either feeding or flying. It is even perfectly able to bury the nuts it collects - called “caching,” a habit of many jays and related birds - in the ground for later retrieval when food becomes scarce.
For more colorful great bird feeding photos and videos, please visit the Wingscapes' Youtube channel and Facebook page.
As 2012 begins its final month, we’ve been looking back over some of the articles and posts we’ve written over the course of it. While we hope they’ve been interesting and useful to all, one of the most eye-opening for us was certainly our interview with Melissa Amarello titled “Surveilling the Society of Snakes with Time Lapse Cameras.”
A graduate student at Arizona State University, Melissa uses Wingscapes TimelapseCam 8.0 cameras in her doctoral research studies of rattlesnake behavior. As the snakes are exothermic, not generating their own body heat but requiring external heat sources to regulate their body temperature, they don’t commonly trip the infrared sensors of motion cameras.
However by using timelapse cameras, Melissa can easily document their activities throughout the day (in the case of Boyette, the male Arizona black rattlesnake shown here, these activities involve quite a lot of remaining coiled and well hidden). For those interested in seeing more, Melissa has posted a number of other interesting videos of her research subjects on her Social Snakes Vimeo page.
For more cool time lapse videos, please visit the Wingscapes YouTube and Facebook pages.
Without a doubt, birds hold pride of place when it comes to the amount of energy, effort, and improvements many of us put into our back yards and gardens; however in England there is a small waddling mammal that comes in a very close second - the hedgehog.
So welcome are they in back gardens that not only are hedgehogs commonly fed throughout Britain, they are also - like birds - frequently provided with housing as well. For example, BirdCam Photo Gallery contributor Roy sent us this BirdCam 2.0 picture of the house he’s provided for his resident garden hedgehog Oggi. (By the way, did we mention that it’s also common practice to name one’s local hedgehogs?)
For more hedgehog photos and videos, please visit the Wingscapes Photo Gallery, Youtube channel and Facebook page.
If the subject of the discussion is great aquariums - or for those who remember their high-school Latin, aquaria - the one located along Cannery Row in Monterey, California is all but certain to be mentioned. For over twenty-five years, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has provided education, entertainment, and important conservation information to its nearly two million annual visitors.
However as not everyone can make the trip to to see it in person, the creative staff of the Aquarium has established a number of online cameras to enable people all around the world to view some of its most remarkable exhibits - such as the aviary, the penguin exhibit, the kelp forest, and the colossal 1.2 million gallon open sea display with its sharks, sea turtles, and giant bluefin tuna.
As the cameras are not live during the night, the Aquarium provides recorded footage of what they have recorded in place of the live feed during off-hours so that even when the lights go out the wonder of these superb exhibits can be seen and enjoyed by all.
For more interesting photos and videos of wildlife, please visit the Wingscapes Photo Gallery, Youtube channel and Facebook page.
Back when we first introduced the Wingscapes BirdCam 2.0, we had high hopes that its built-in flash would help users to discover the creatures that visited their properties long after the sun had gone down. Needless to say, when we saw this image of a Mountain Lion that BirdCam 2.0 user “wingsscapes” in Monterey County, California recorded, well… we considered our high hopes to have been realized.
The largest living cats in North America, Mountain Lions - also sometimes called Puma or Cougar - are very reclusive and seldom seen animals. While they once roamed all across the continent, their numbers have been greatly reduced. Their range in North America is now limited to the western part of the continent. Hence this image of one taken in the wild is a precious photograph indeed.
For more great photos, please visit the Wingscapes Photo Gallery, Youtube channel and Facebook page.