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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Jackie Burnham
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11 months ago

"The fuckkk thus thing thinks it's lookin at"

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Itzel Anahi
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11 months ago

Wow! I'm intimidated by this one XD

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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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Your Mother
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11 months ago

Ha! I love it's cute little face

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Dorothy Parker
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11 months ago

This bird would like to get to know you.

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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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Your Mother
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11 months ago

My favorite photo

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Your Mother
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11 months ago

A ball of puffiness, not a bird

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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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Your Mother
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11 months ago

Wow they are sharing

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DforDorothy
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11 months ago

"Hey! Hey!"

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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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Your Mother
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11 months ago

Hey these are mine!

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Nancy Bainbridge
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11 months ago

Lovely lashes

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Francis
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11 months ago

great photo!

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Your Mother
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11 months ago

It's so straight

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Pearlkp
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11 months ago

Oh no, too late to the party...so busy getting his Mohican just right.

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Zecats Andfriends
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11 months ago

Wow! Beautiful

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Evgeniya Khon
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11 months ago

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

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Pearlkp
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11 months ago

Busted!!

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Zecats Andfriends
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11 months ago

😹

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Laura Gibson
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11 months ago

Just need a minute…

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MagicalUnicorn
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11 months ago

aww, the cutest!

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Dorothy Parker
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11 months ago

Same gorgeous colors as breakfast.

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Charlotte
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11 months ago

Mine, all mine!

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Jackie Burnham
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11 months ago

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

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JimSadPA
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11 months ago

You wanna start something huh?

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BrokenFlame
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11 months ago

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

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divydumdrop hello
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11 months ago

After bath snack

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Downunderdude
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11 months ago

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

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sprouts g
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11 months ago

What!? I've got a family to feed.

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Amish Patel
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11 months ago

Gonna knock all nine this time!

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Downunderdude
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11 months ago

Shit that bowl is cold!

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Shun
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11 months ago

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

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