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Top deal of the week?

Today I received a newsletter from the publisher Elektor. I am offered a special deal on a Peltier power generator which can power an LED light from a small candle. And this for an astonishing price of €99.95 instead of the normal price of €119.95.

Great offer from Elektor.

I’ll have to buy […]

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Assembling an USBasp

…at eight times timelapse it only takes 4 ½ minutes…

Nerd or not?

Today there was a geocaching event celebrating Nerd Day. I must admit that I wasn’t aware of the significance of today’s date, but I also knew that I can probably be considered being a nerd.

In the early days of the internet, while still writing my master’s thesis in Kiel, I already scored high […]

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The end of a short story in life…

This afternoon the birdsnest outside my office window has been plundered by a crow or raven. Even though the parent-birds got reinforcement by two other fieldfares they never had a chance.

The small birds only had a few days of life but they somehow enriched my days.

…they just had a few days […]

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BirdCam – feeding in slow-motion

Because there was a problem with the Raspberry Pi again today, I took the opportunity to film my fieldfares live for a short while. In this slow-motion video you can see how first the female arrives at the nest with a fresh worm. A short while later also the male arrives with a beak […]

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Hatching time

“I’m hungry!”

Ten days Mrs Fieldfare has been sitting in her nest – today was the big day: until late afternoon three eggs had hatched. Now also Mr Fieldfare has to show some effort who has not been much around the nest lately.

Mr and Mrs Fieldfare at the nest.

This is […]

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BirdCam v4

It took four attempts to finally get a suitable webcam to observe the bird’s nest outside my office window. Most cheap webcams, even those which show off with true 720p HD resolution simply cannot cope with the different outdoor lighting conditions over a full day.

After a lot of testing and research on the […]

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Setting up webcam exposure under linux

I had some problems with fswebcam to set the automatic exposure. The exact way how to enter certain parameters is not clear from the lacking documentation, but it works fine if you set parameters through another command line tool.

This is the script behind BirdCam:

#!/bin/bash DATE=$(date +"%Y-%m-%d_%H%M") v4l2-ctl -c exposure_auto=1 v4l2-ctl -c gamma=5 […]

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Nils Paakkonen was probably right, my new neighbors outside the office window is a pair of Fieldfares.

This morning the whole family was at the nest:

First day with BirdCam

Last Friday I heard some strange noises outside my office window. To my big surprise I then noticed that there was a bird’s nest growing on the window sill. It did not take long until I even saw the new tenant moving in:

Outside my office window…

So far I have identified […]

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