I need to know how to set up a wireless, night-vision enabled, motion detecting camera for the purposes of spying.
(...On owls in a nest box.)
I'm going to be building a nest box for barn owls, and I'd like to add on a sort of back room to house a small wireless camera. I've never hooked one up before and I have lots of questions. Thanks for answering any of them you can.
Any advice on the kind of camera to purchase? It needs to have night vision, obviously, and I'd prefer something that could be motion activated so that it's only in use when necessary. Smaller and cheaper are obviously better, too. I've no experience with these, so please tell me anything I need to know.
Housing the camera
I'm going to be making the box according to the plans in this PDF
. My idea is to add a separate "room" in the back of the box to house the camera, with a hole cut in the wall. This is, of course, to keep the birds from disturbing the camera more than necessary. Any thoughts on placement? Do I need to worry about having it too close to the birds? (Not for safety, but because the picture will be unclear?)
The box will be constructed of plywood. I'll caulk around the seams for waterproofing. I'd thought about encasing the camera in a ziploc bag for additional waterproofing, but am worried that it might just trap condensation. Advice?
Once the camera is set up, how do I receive the signal? How far will the signal transmit? Do I need to buy any other hardware?
I'd like to be able to record the footage, and would ultimately also like to stream it if possible. I have no idea to go about doing either. Please talk to me like a dummy.
The nest box will be mounted on a pole attached to the eaves of the house, and I'll have access to it on the roof in order to change batteries and the like.
I'm sure there are other things I'm not thinking of. Please tell me what they are.