A simple, inexpensive video camera setup for the study of avian nest activity

Journal of Field Ornithology
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Time-lapse video photography has become a valuable tool for collecting data on avian nest activity and depredation; however, commercially available systems are expensive (>USA $4000/unit). We designed an inexpensive system to identify causes of nest failure of American Oystercatchers (Haematopus palliatus) and assessed its utility at Cumberland Island National Seashore, Georgia. We successfully identified raccoon (Procyon lotor), bobcat (Lynx rufus), American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos), and ghost crab (Ocypode quadrata) predation on oystercatcher nests. Other detected causes of nest failure included tidal overwash, horse trampling, abandonment, and human destruction. System failure rates were comparable with commercially available units. Our system's efficacy and low cost (<$800) provided useful data for the management and conservation of the American Oystercatcher.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title A simple, inexpensive video camera setup for the study of avian nest activity
Series title Journal of Field Ornithology
DOI 10.1648/0273-8570-76.3.293
Volume 76
Issue 3
Year Published 2005
Language English
Publisher Association of Field Ornithologists
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 5 p.
First page 293
Last page 297
Country United States
State Georgia
Other Geospatial Cumberland Island National Seashore
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