PantoffelSlippers
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Bird feeder camera project

Sun Jun 05, 2016 1:23 pm

Hello all,

As the name suggest, I'm hoping to start a RPI project that involves an automated camera setup on a bird feeder to photograph and video record birds as they come to feed.

The rough idea so far is:
- Implement a micro computer such as raspberry pi
- Attach PIR sensor on GPIO to detect activity (birds feeding)
- Attach camera board to record on motion from PIR
- Enclose sufficiently for outdoor use (dust, sun, rain)
- Power from 12V DC source since AC is not available outdoor

As a version 2, I hope to add:
- WiFi connectivity for the unit to send/submit recordings to a server inside the house.
- Some form of manual remote trigger to take photo
- Solar charge to sustain the unit

I am a COMPLETE beginner so I have one or two questions:
- Is this project simple enough for a beginner?
- Can I do this without building custom circuits? i.e. just use the board's GPIO
- What board would you recommend? I reckon a fully fledged RPI 2 or 3 is overkill. Would a Pi Zero or something like an Arduino be better suited?

Any input will be most welcome!!
Thanks
Cheers

archonic
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Re: Bird feeder camera project

Tue Nov 29, 2016 7:00 pm

I'm awfully late to answering this, but you may want to check out the Feeder Tweeter if you haven't already.
http://www.feedertweeter.net/

peterlite
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Re: Bird feeder camera project

Tue Nov 29, 2016 9:05 pm

The Pi 3 has built in Wifi and is the best starting point for most development. The Pi Wifi has good range compared to other tiny Wifi adapters but will only work across a room, not from the far end of the back yard. When you need a longer Wifi range, you can use a Pi 2 with an adapter.

After the project is developed, you might be able to fit the project on a Pi Zero. The main differences with the Zero are the connectors. Both the camera socket and the HDMI socket are different and require a different cable/adaptor.

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SteveDee
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Re: Bird feeder camera project

Mon Dec 05, 2016 9:19 am

PantoffelSlippers wrote:...I'm hoping to start a RPI project that involves an automated camera setup on a bird feeder to photograph and video record birds as they come to feed...
My favorite "use" for this kind of system is to observe the interaction between birds, which often happens far too fast for us to appreciate with our poor human eyesight.

This means recording at 90fps and playing back at one third speed (actually 28%): http://captainbodgit.blogspot.co.uk/201 ... uette.html

You could start with a Pi, a PiCam, a box, a 12V battery, a 5Volt regulator and a few other components: http://captainbodgit.blogspot.co.uk/201 ... i-cam.html

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