Hi there! This is a step-by-step guide to creating a Raspberry Pi Birdbox Camera that features real-time video streaming, motion detection, infra-red LEDs for night vision and has a cheap Power-over-Ethernet solution.
I starting making this with my 11 year old son for his Primary School but it quickly became a complex project and I ended up finishing it off! It's now located on a wall of his school and has an interested female House Sparrow building a nest, fingers-crossed that we'll have some eggs too.
Note that I used a Birdbox that we had at the school which is built for use with a camera and has opaque windows that let in sunlight.
Please note that these instructions are DRAFT. If you would like to recommend any improvements or if you have any questions then please don't hesitate to contact me via the Instructables website.
On to the project...
Step 1: Prepare the Raspberry Pi
Base Raspberry Pi components
Firstly, I used a Raspberry Pi model B, a cheap case and, to keep the size to a minimum, a Micro SD adapter and Micro SD card. I purchased the following base Pi parts (the prices were at the time when I purchased them):
- A pIO micro SD adapter (£8.98 incl delivery): pIO Micro SD Card Adapter. I chose this one due to this review.
- A micro SD card: Micro SD card (£6.99 incl delivery. This seemed good value for UHS Class 1 speed)
- A simple case: Raspberry Pi Case
I installed the SD card, put the Pi in the case and installed Raspbian by following the raspberrypi.org instructions.