Before thanksgiving, I wrote that I was going to try and get good BirdCam images of a Belted Kingfisher that lives at my in-law's lake place. I'm pleased to report that the BirdCam succeeded and I've uploaded some great footage of a female Belted Kingfisher to YouTube. Watch as she bangs this little fish she caught against the side of our fish feeder. I guess to kill it before she swallows it?
I love this bird. We often see them flying low across bodies of water or perching along the shore, but they are wary and difficult to get close to. This is my favorite way to use the BirdCam,...to get close to birds that do not visit feeders.
If you haven't checked out the Wingscapes YouTube channel, we have some cool, close footage of Purple Martins, Barn Swallows (feeding chick in a mud nest under a dock), a Heron, and a variety of backyard birds. See: www.youtube.com/Wingscapes
Of course, we also have a video gallery on our site: www.wingscapes.com/videogallery
The photo at right (taken with Nikon SLR) shows the fish feeder that this Kingfisher was perched on. You can see how I have used the BirdCam Mounting Arm to mount the BirdCam. To use the Mounting Arm in this way, I removed the base-plate (used to attach the Arm to a feeder pole) and threaded a nylon webbing strap through the base of the Mounting Arm. You would do the same to attach the Mounting Arm to a tree. (I prefer a 'rachet' style strap because it really lets you get the strap very tight.)