When I started my WildlifeKate business two and a half years ago, I would have never dreamt what would have happened and how I would have become so captivated by the potential of wildlife cams in my garden. From just one nest box camera, I now have 16 cameras all around the garden, constantly changing and moving depending on what is happening. These cameras have given me an unique insight into the wildlife in my garden and with that, my obsession has grown!!
At this time of year, many of my cameras move to nest boxes and it becomes important to be able to watch and monitor these cameras to see if there is any early interest. Of course, I can come home from work, check my live cameras and see that there is some grass in a nest box that was not there that morning… and know that something has been in there! A much better way is to use software that monitors the boxes for you. I have tried lots of different systems in the past, but have held out this year as I knew the system I wanted to install; an icatcher system called icatcher console. Originally designed for high tech security systems, this software will monitor cameras and record when movement is detected. I am simplifying its capabilities massively, but want to start simple so I get to grips with the software as well as explain it to my followers! So, in a nutshell, this software will do what I have been attempting to do manually…. it will watch all my cameras and, when it detects movement, it will record. I can then go back to any camera, double click and bring up a screen with a timeline underneath. Wherever there is a blip on the timeline, movement was detected. I can click on that and see the footage. I can capture a single screen, or run those together to create a video!
As you can imagine, this will have a HUGE impact on what I am doing here and means that I will not miss any of the action, and fulfil my obsession of capturing every moment of by bird’s nest building and raising a family; something that was difficult last year when I was attempting to do it manually.
Today Huw Edwards, the ‘Big Boss’ from iCatcher came up and spent a day with me, helping to get some of this kit up and running! I will be blogging more about the kit and what I am doing with it as I get to grips with it, but I am already blown away with what we have managed to achieve and set up today.