Wild birds can be difficult to approach, but capturing them on camera is even more challenging as they often fly away the second they sense you. For Lisa, better known as Ostdrossel, capturing wild birds became a full-time hobby as she even has an ingenious setup that allows her to photograph them from up close without scaring them away. Her homemade feeder camera setup captures incredible pictures of a variety of species remotely as they enjoy tasty bird feed. Scroll down for Bored Panda’s interview with the author!

If you are interested, you can find her previous posts here and here on Bored Panda.

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t.e.a.
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2 months ago

me after quarantine

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Harold Summer
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2 months ago

Grackle. striking yellow eyes and bluish feathers. Native bird.

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Her photographic journey began in 2012 when she moved from Germany to Michigan for love. She was surprised by the variety of wildlife in her new backyard, so she started feeding and snapping pictures of them. Lisa wanted to share these photos with her family in Germany as many species were different from what she used to see in city life. “When I moved to the US from my native country Germany, I noticed that the birds here are more colorful and different than in Germany. I wanted to share them with my family and started taking photos,” says Lisa to Bored Panda.

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MsM
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2 months ago

Cheeky! 😂

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Tolga ÜSTÜN
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2 months ago

How you doin? -Joey Birdibbiany

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At first, Lisa started off with a pocket camera, then with a DSLR camera, and also experimented with some other ways of photographing these wild species up close. However, it didn’t take long before she realized that to capture their natural habitat, she would have to build her own homemade feeder camera. “I enjoy seeing the beauty of the bird anatomy, the delicate patterns, the feathers, the colors, and of course their antics. How they pose, etc. The creative process mainly consists of choosing the best photo out of thousands that my system takes each day and then editing it a bit. The reward is being able to share it with the world and seeing how others enjoy it as well, learn something, or are becoming more fascinated by nature.”

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MagicalUnicorn
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2 months ago

gorgeous feathers!

Harold Summer
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2 months ago

Starling. It's beautiful, but an invasive pest species.

Up All Night
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2 months ago

Cannot be worse than humans.

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Patricia Rix
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2 months ago

I love starlings, and much prefer them to the indigenous grackles.

Janine B.
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2 months ago

They are very clever, too. And they can mimic sounds. Besides birds can see UV light, so this is what their pretty feathers actually look like. 🥰. nerkrz46ziv11.jpg nerkrz46ziv11.jpg

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Ceredwyn Ealanta
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2 months ago

Starling?

Dianna Siever
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2 months ago

I had to look it up too. I thought they were black, but they're not.

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Your Mother
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2 months ago

My favorite photo

N’Baro Atksteel X377
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1 month ago

European Starling. Invasive. (To where I live.)

Kat Rogers
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1 month ago

WOOOW~ FREAKING EXQUISITE FEATHERS!! May I have some when you're finished with them, PLEEEASE?!

nala simba
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2 months ago

Mini peacock!

Darlene Baylor
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1 month ago

Beautiful!

sharron lynn parsons
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1 month ago

Color and pattern, lovely !!!

Laura Lawson
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1 month ago

Wow! Just stunning!

Jackie C.
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2 months ago

Beautiful feathers!

Id row
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2 months ago

Their colors are amazing.

Adrian Smythe
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2 months ago

"Can Y'all stop watching me? Bit of PRIVACY when I'z doin' my business, PLEASE!"

Pebblesmax
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2 months ago

Ah, God's special paintbrush

Syed Salah
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2 months ago

I won't talk to you . I am angry .

CharliAnn Olney
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2 months ago

stripes and dots DO go together!

Megan Beckman
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2 months ago

spectacular

Gr8Gramma2-4
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2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful!!

Danielle Renee
Community Member
2 months ago

beautiful bird!

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
2 months ago

What a beuty!

Laura Emmer
Community Member
2 months ago

Starlings are black, but these are old feathers, just before molting. The edges have been worn down!

Lola
Community Member
2 months ago

I guess the food wasn’t good enough for it.

Robert O
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2 months ago

Starlings show up at my feeder and will completely empty it out, flicking to the ground anything they do not want. Rats with wings

RL Tyler
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2 months ago

wow - what on earth is this one?!

Beth Heilman
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2 months ago

Wa wow! Showing off and knows the camera is there! Royalty in our midst?

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
2 months ago

Not until you apologize.

Magical dolphin so like yea 😎
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2 months ago

omg, those feathers are gorgeous! I wonder what type of bird?

Martha Hubbs
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow!!!

Linda Harms
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2 months ago

Stunning starling?

2WheelTravlr
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2 months ago

Wow. Nature as art. Absolutely gorgeous.

Ginny Brown
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes, starlings are urban, nuisance birds, but they have excellent family and community values among their own species. .

Lauren Michlin
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2 months ago

Is it just me or do the feathers loook like sunflower seeds?

glowworm2
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2 months ago

Those feathers shine like jewels.

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MsM
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2 months ago

Grumpybirbball

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She didn’t even realize when this became her full-time hobby. Each night, she reviewed photos and videos from her feeder cam and the results impressed her. Lisa saw the unique and funny expressions and behaviors of animals living around her home: things that many people don’t see or notice in their everyday life. There were even some exotic birds that she had never seen before, like an exotic hummingbird. “The most exotic birds are mostly coming during spring migration. I had a summer tanager one time and a pine warbler. Every day is a new chance to get something special in the yard, be it a scene or an animal. I am not hunting for exotics, I try to find the beauty in every day.” It didn’t take long before these birds began to raise their young and her feeder became a central part of fledglings growing up. “Birds do return, I can recognize them by their markings. There is a grackle, for example, that we named Count Drackula, which has white dots around the neck and looks especially grumpy.”

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Harold Summer
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2 months ago

House finch. Extremely common at feeders. Practically live on them all day. Makes nests in porch plants easily.

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CParks
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2 months ago

"Where are the peanuts human!!!!" ~Blu J

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“I use two setups. One is a homemade setup with an action camera in a weatherproof box, with which I mainly take closeup photos. The other one is a camera by the company Birdsy. It works with AI and records videos when the AI identifies a bird or animal in the frame. The videos are stored in my Birdsy account, from which I can download and edit them, watch them, or share them. Birdsy is still in the test phase, but will be launching very soon. There is more information on their website. I have been using this camera for about a year now and absolutely love it. The fun thing is that it captures scenes you would normally not see, like squabbles at the birdbath or birds feeding their babies,” explains Lisa.

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Pearlkp
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2 months ago

Politics.

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Nancy Bainbridge
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2 months ago

Lovely lashes

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Francis
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2 months ago

great photo!

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Francis
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2 months ago

he looks right into my soul.. :D

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Perfumista Perfumista
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2 months ago

Closed? and I heard so much about this restaurant.

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desert29rat
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2 months ago

Great closeup.

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Evgeniya Khon
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2 months ago

"I'm beautiful and I know it" pigeon the Magnificent

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Downunderdude
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2 months ago

Ah. Well, see, I can explain. I'm actually putting the seeds back IN. They must have fallen on the ground.

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sprouts g
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2 months ago

That's that rockabilly bird..

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desert29rat
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2 months ago

I never get such great shots of my hummingbirds!

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Downunderdude
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2 months ago

I am SO a bird. Have you not heard of the...um...lesser striped chipmunkbird? We're flightless, you know.

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Dorothy Parker
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2 months ago

Same gorgeous colors as breakfast.

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Stephanie Greenside
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2 months ago

The blue Jay bet he couldn't stuff more than 5 seeds in his beak at one time.....

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Jackie Burnham
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2 months ago

Looking at each other in astonishment at how good the jam is

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Perfumista Perfumista
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2 months ago

We ordered these shelled, where is your manager?

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BrokenFlame
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2 months ago

It's saying "back off b*tch unless you wanna catch these feathers"

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Krazy Kanuck
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2 months ago

I was over at Bob's place to watch the game.. and that a**hole Mike, pushed me in the pool.. and now I am expected to bring back snacks, before the f-ing game starts..

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Downunderdude
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2 months ago

INCOMING!!! WHEEEE! Oh, piss off, Brian

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Stille20
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2 months ago

She puts out quite a variety of food.

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Dianna Siever
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2 months ago

Red winged black bird

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Downunderdude
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2 months ago

Shit that bowl is cold!

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Shun
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2 months ago

I thought those worms are cigarette butts and freaked out for a moment 😅

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