Monitoring birds with thermal camera

Animals identified by the DOC AI Cam

Thermal videos are not ideal for monitoring birds because you struggle to see the definition to identify the bird species. There are some exceptions. The DOC AI Cam can identify nocturnal birds, or birds that are too far away to trigger a trail cam. It can identify Kiwi and Penguins. It can also identify generic birds.

Even though the videos are not great for identification. It's an added benefit from predator monitoring to have another measure of bird activity. The DOC AI Cam has a microphone which can be used as an audio bird monitor, automatically recognising the species and tracking how they change over time.

 Here's an example of birds on a thermal camera

This video shows a goose chasing a wallaby at The Willowbank Wildlife reserve