hystrix
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Raspberry Pi Trail Cam - first day results...

Mon Jul 08, 2013 11:55 am

I thought I would share some results from the camera module.....

Using a Raspberry Pi, camera module and PIR sensor and a Python script, I have built a trail cam to monitor a perch I have placed above a small stream at the end of my garden. When motion is detected it grabs 2 high resolution still images and a 30 second video.

Here is a photo of the trail cam...
Trail_Cam small.jpg
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...and a photo of a kingfisher that I captured on the first day the trail cam was operational...
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...and the video....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5lkXBwViS8

I have a 20m network cable attached to the Pi so I can grab photos and videos straight from the Pi.

I am impressed with the results so far....and the number of house sparrows which also use the perch! My next challenge is to analyse a small image to recognise that it is a kingfisher on the perch and not another bird...I'll post back here if I have any success.

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Re: Raspberry Pi Trail Cam - first day results...

Mon Jul 08, 2013 12:07 pm

Very nice love the camera setup can you post details of it's construction.
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Ravenous
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Re: Raspberry Pi Trail Cam - first day results...

Mon Jul 08, 2013 12:07 pm

Excellent! Very shy creatures normally, I find.

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Re: Raspberry Pi Trail Cam - first day results...

Mon Jul 08, 2013 12:55 pm

What a great project!

Please post construction details.

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Re: Raspberry Pi Trail Cam - first day results...

Wed Aug 07, 2013 7:06 am

Awesome footage! Might I recommend tinkering with the lens a little to improve the focus. The point of focus seems to be way down the garden. There are a couple of topics where people have unglued the front lens and found it can be refocused for very short range, macro shots. So I imagine the clarity of the birds on the perch could be made even better.
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hystrix
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Re: Raspberry Pi Trail Cam - first day results...

Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:17 am

Here's an update showing some photos of the construction, and latest videos captured using the Pi Trail Cam...

http://www.afraidofsunlight.co.uk/weath ... e=trailcam

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Re: Raspberry Pi Trail Cam - first day results...

Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:58 am

That's nice - sparrowhawks and jays are exotic species for most of us!

By the way, are you powering it by mains and a long lead?

hystrix
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Re: Raspberry Pi Trail Cam - first day results...

Tue Aug 27, 2013 11:37 am

Yes - I am using mains and a long (weatherproof) lead. I did experiment with solar power and batteries, but it was not reliable enough unfortunately.

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Re: Raspberry Pi Trail Cam - first day results...

Sun Sep 01, 2013 10:40 am

Is this the PIR sensor you used ?

http://proto-pic.co.uk/pir-motion-sensor-1/

Gordon77

hystrix
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Re: Raspberry Pi Trail Cam - first day results...

Sun Sep 01, 2013 12:29 pm

gordon77 wrote:Is this the PIR sensor you used ?

http://proto-pic.co.uk/pir-motion-sensor-1/

Gordon77
Yes, that's the type. There are cheaper ones available if you shop around, although some do not come with leads. I used standard female/female jumper wires as these plug straight onto the GPIO and the PIR Sensor.

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Re: Raspberry Pi Trail Cam - first day results...

Sun Sep 01, 2013 2:43 pm

hystrix wrote:
gordon77 wrote:Is this the PIR sensor you used ?

http://proto-pic.co.uk/pir-motion-sensor-1/

Gordon77
Yes, that's the type. There are cheaper ones available if you shop around, although some do not come with leads. I used standard female/female jumper wires as these plug straight onto the GPIO and the PIR Sensor.
Thanks, much appreciated.

Will you be making the software available ?

I'd be interested how you identify the kingfisher.

Gordon77

Chris_J
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Re: Raspberry Pi Trail Cam - first day results...

Fri Feb 14, 2014 1:06 pm

What an excellent project.

I'd like to set something similar up, however, this would be at more remote location. This means there's no mains power and no WiFi to transfer the video etc.

Is it possible for the software to write the video to a USB drive that can be removed (and replaced by another) so it's operational the whole time? Would the replacement drives mount automatically?

I'd be looking to use solar power here...

Chris

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