Tit in the webcam and lifecasting for animals

crowlifecastA lifecasting and human free video streaming channel for animals could easily be a lot more interesting than Justin.tv. An early video tracking system based on miniaturized, animal-borne video cameras was developed for studying the undisturbed behavior (capturing lizards, using tools, flying) of new Caledonian crows and published in Science. Of course the online supporting material in this case is obviously the main stage so enjoy the online birdwatching. Some technical details on the setup: We designed tail-mounted camera units that do not interfere with movement and ensure safe shedding of the tag with regular molt. Units transmit a color video signal with sound to custom-built receivers and incorporate very high frequency (VHF) radio tags for simultaneous positional tracking. We deployed cameras on 18 different crows (12 males) in our dry forest study site (21°33’50”S, 165°19’27”E), capturing 451 min of analyzable video footage from 12 subjects (38 ± 5 min per bird, mean ± SE; maximum of 60 min). Hey, Makers, it’s time to set up your homemade animal videocams and install them on the Rats in the front room, roaches in the back and the racoons at the backyard. The tit picture was made with a webcam in Szentgotthárd, Hungary.

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