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My review of Netvue Birdfy Feeder (Lite version). This is a smart camera bird feeder that automatically captures bird videos and images.
Let’s Check It Out!
Why a Smart Bird Feeder?
I started bird watching around two years ago. Since then, I’ve been using my Nikon Coolpix P950 for bird watching because it has incredible zoom abilities. However, I always looked for an additional solution for photographing birds at the balcony feeder. They don’t come that often, their visits are short, and waiting for them can be boring. I tried filming them with the trail camera I once bought (a souvenir from when Magenta went missing) but I’ve always beein looking for a more seamless solution.
Enters Netvue Birdfy, a camera bird feeder.
Netvue Birdfy Bird Feeder Camera and App
You can find several smart bird feeders on Amazon. I chose Netvue because they got the best reviews.
Netvue Birdfy is a smart bird feeder with a camera. The camera automatically captures and records all coming birds, also at night. The photos and videos are saved to the cloud (free for 7 days), but you can also use an SD card (not included). With the Netvue app, you will get notifications about your feathery visitors and – depends on whether you bought a lite version or not – also AI help in identifying them. There are built-in anti-noise microphone and speaker as well.
The bird feeder is waterproof, and the camera is well protected. The container has room for 1.5 liters of bird food.
Unboxing and Set-up
I got my Netvue Birdfy on the following day after ordering it.
I was very excited, and my cats as well.
The set-up is simple. Just unpack everything, put on the roof and the perch, charge the camera, connect to Wi-Fi and that’s all.
There are several installation options for the feeder. You can set it up on a wall, mount it on a tree, or use a tripod. Since I have a balcony, I picked the latter.
It took me a few additional trials to figure out what is the best location and direction of the feeder. For example, I decided to remove the perch part because I thought pigeons might land on it and make it unstable, like they have with previous feeders. I might change it in the future.
All Set! Let’s Watch Some Birds
Since I have been feeding birds for a few years now, it took the birds only a few minutes to come to the new feeder. After setting up the Netvue app, I can now get a notification for every visit. The videos and images are saved in the cloud and from there can be easily downloaded or shared.
Here’s how it looks like:
Do I need the AI Bird Recognition Tool?
I bought the Netvue Birdfy Feeder Lite version on purpose because I thought I did not need the AI Bird Recognition tool, and the Lite version comes without it. After all, Lately I’ve been having only two or three species of bird visitors (great and blue tit, robin) and I don’t need help in recognizing them. However, I found out that you’ll need a subscription to use a motion recognition filter. So, I decided to get the $4.99 subscription for now.
Here is my first bird image captured by Netvue Birdfy.
Netvue Birdfy: Overall Review
The Netvue camera bird feeder is on the expensive side, but it is a real treat for bird lovers. It’s easy to use and, once it’s set up, effortlessly provides you with new cute bird videos and images. I see this as a nice lazy home addition to my Nikon Coolpix camera and iPhone 14, which I use when I go birdwatching outside.
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Buy Netvue Bird Feeder Camera
You can find Netvue Birdfy online. See the following links to get the current price in your location: