‘To a green Thought in a green Shade.’

During the winter a trench was dug through the garden for my fibre broadband, to enable me to stream my cameras. At times I also had up to 50 mallard visitors, for the free corn. This has really messed up parts of the pond surroundings.

Pond surrounds 1Pond surrounds 2  Pond surrounds 3

So in an attempt to recover, yesterday I bought some wetland plants from C.J. Wildlife, and they arrived today. Purple Loosestrife and Blue-Eyed Grass. These plants were well packed and looked healthy on unpacking and were modestly priced.

CJ Packing (Medium) P1000075 (Medium) P1000076 (Medium)

Now all I need is the right conditions to plant them.

Sound and Wildlife cams.

Exploring the web for wildlife camera streams I find very few that have sound. Yes, in some cases, it is not practical because of background noise, traffic and similar problems, but some of the time it is ignorance of the importance of the sound track. Even in professional wildlife filming, until relatively recently, sound was an after thought, I am sure you can remember tv documentaries where the sound track was an obvious add on.

Let’s leave the professionals behind and only consider us amateurs streaming cameras from our gardens, just like me. Some cameras have a built in microphone but with others you will need to add an external mic. You can pick up external CCTV mics. for just a few pounds from Ebay.

These microphones need a power supply and as much protection from the weather as do the cameras. In fact even more so since wind noise can be a major problem. However with a little ingenuity and a few odds and ends this can be acheived.

This post is not intended to be a tutorial on how to capture and stream sound but a call to arms to all those with silent webcams.