CJ Live Webcam - Snack Bar
We are now able to live stream you a brand new custom built snack bar! You will be able to see different mammals and birds visiting to get their fill of food. On these cameras you will be able to see a selection of our foods being used giving you a chance to see what other species you could attract into your garden. We are excited to be working in collaboration with Wildlife Kate on these cameras which are based here in the UK.
Here is the background to this wonderful snack bar and how it was constructed and planned by Wildlife Kate.
Once the camera was in place and I knew I could achieve the camera angle and image that I wanted, the really fun part began! I had ordered a range of tiny dolls' house-sized items to 'stock' my snack bar. From miniature bottles of water and cans of drink to tiny packets of crisps, I began to arrange and stick the food items onto the shelving units and the counter. Checking that everything looked good on the camera, I moved the items around until I had achieved the look I wanted.
The last thing was to add some lighting. This is the most difficult part of the set-up. Being mounted outside, facing the hedge with varying light conditions I felt the lights would illuminate the interior enough to ensure that all the times would be visible at all times and may counteract the brightness of the outside environment. The only way to see if it was all achieving what I hoped it would achieve, was to get it outside and into position.
Getting the set-up into position proved very difficult as it is level with an upstairs window, mounted on two wall brackets. The passageway underneath is very narrow, meaning there is limited access for a ladder and the ladder ends up being very steep. Carrying this heavy box up a steep ladder and then having to reach out to get it on the bracket was precarious, to say the least, but between two of us, I was relieved when it was all in position and I was able to secure it.
Plugging in the camera and the lights from my office, I got the camera view up on my PC using the iCatcher console that monitors all my camera systems. The view looked fantastic; just how I hoped it would be.
The next question in my mind was, would the birds actually use it? They were already visiting this are on a range of feeders outside my window. They are used to me trying out all different types and styles of feeders, so I was confident. I was not disappointed..... within ten minutes, the robin came to check it out and in the next hour, the blue tits followed! Before long, there was a flurry of visitors.
The snack bar will be open for food over the winter period and all the foods that are used on here are available to buy here from CJ Wildlife.