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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1 month ago

me after quarantine

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Harold Summer
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1 month 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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1 month ago

Cheeky! 😂

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Tolga ÜSTÜN
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1 month 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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1 month ago

gorgeous feathers!

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MsM
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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month ago

Politics.

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Nancy Bainbridge
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1 month ago

Lovely lashes

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Francis
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1 month ago

great photo!

Dorothy Parker
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1 month ago

I told you shoulder pads would come back.

Raine Soo
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1 month ago

I am magnificent!

Perfumista Perfumista
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1 month ago

I like to stretch after a big meal too

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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1 month ago

Reminds me of that movie the crow.

Tasha Ross
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1 month ago

That's exactly what I thought

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GenXandEarnedItAll
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1 month ago

I'm a pretty bird. I'm a pretty bird.

Virgil Blue
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1 month ago

"Look I'm a jet plane!"

sprouts g
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1 month ago

Gimmeee a huuug♡

Dianna Siever
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1 month ago

Red winged black bird

Zecats Andfriends
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1 month ago

The rise of the Phœnix!

Kat Rogers
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1 month ago

THE RISING~ DRACULA RETURNS

Debjani De
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1 month ago

kneel!!!

Beth Heilman
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1 month ago

Oh great God of the universe..thank you for this food...the dish needs a refill.....thank you!

BrokenFlame
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1 month ago

* screams of happiness *

Dog_Lover
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1 month ago

im the king

Alexandra Childs
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1 month ago

That pic is so good

That one rando
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1 month ago

You gotta learn to spread your wings and fly!

nala simba
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1 month ago

Magnificent!

Ashley Conover
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1 month ago

Majestic

Id row
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1 month ago

Bird version of a flasher, lol.

CharliAnn Olney
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1 month ago

Sun God!

Mohra Taylor
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1 month ago

I’m the King of the world!!

ERIN W.
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1 month ago

OOO Zecats and friends that was VERY good! But I also gave a thumbs up to a lot of others too.

Elaine Mattingly
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1 month ago

Thank you for the seeds and the sun and the rain and................well everything you made. Amen.

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Francis
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1 month ago

he looks right into my soul.. :D

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Perfumista Perfumista
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1 month ago

Closed? and I heard so much about this restaurant.

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desert29rat
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1 month ago

Great closeup.

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Evgeniya Khon
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1 month ago

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

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Downunderdude
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1 month 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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1 month ago

That's that rockabilly bird..

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desert29rat
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1 month ago

I never get such great shots of my hummingbirds!

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Downunderdude
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1 month 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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1 month ago

Same gorgeous colors as breakfast.

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Stephanie Greenside
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1 month 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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1 month ago

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

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Perfumista Perfumista
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1 month ago

We ordered these shelled, where is your manager?

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BrokenFlame
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1 month ago

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

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Krazy Kanuck
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1 month 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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1 month ago

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

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Stille20
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1 month ago

She puts out quite a variety of food.

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Dianna Siever
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1 month ago

Red winged black bird

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Downunderdude
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1 month ago

Shit that bowl is cold!

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Shun
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1 month ago

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

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