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Kestrel Box with Wireless Camera


This Kestrel Nest Box is constructed from exterior grade 12mm bonded plywood which has been treated with two coats of water based resin. Handmade in our own workshops to RSPB specifications, the Kestrel box is designed with a sheltered open fronted access, a removable perch and a sturdy fixing plate for optional side or back mounted installation. This very popular type of Kestrel box provides a long lasting nesting site for breeding Kestrel's to return to year after year.

This kestrel box will arrive complete with pre-installed colour camera connected to your selected cable length making it very easy for you to set up to your TV or monitor. Optional PC/MAC connectivity and other accessories are available at the checkout stage.

The Kestrel Camera

At about the size of a golf ball, the mini eyeball camera fitted to this box is a weatherproof Sony chipped 600TVL CCD camera which has a 3.6mm lens. Set in a metal casing this rugged camera has infrared night vision offering high resolution colour images during the day and black and white images at night.  

Digital Wireless System

The wireless transmitter and receiver used in this kit is of the latest technology, the signal is digitally encrypted and much more powerful than cheaper analogue systems which are prone to interference. The advantage of using digital is that you will get 100% interference free video and audio quality as these devices will automatically pair and channel hop if they detect a signal being used by another device such as broadband etc. This particular model is capable of transmitting over 120 metres line of sight. We can also supply optional high gain antennas for distances of 250m and upto 1km line of sight. 
This Gardenature Digital Wireless Transmitter and Receiver kit is entirely weatherproof and very simple to install. Each unit has approximately 1.5 meters of cable which has (RCA) Audio, Video and 12v DC inputs. The transmitter also comes with a 10 meter mains cable making it ideal for outdoor and indoor camera applications where the mains plug can be upto 30ft away from the camera. 

Inside: The receiver can connect straight to your TV via a spare Scart input (adaptor included), or Yellow & White A/V inputs. There is a 240v 12vDC plug for mains connection at the wall.

Outside: The transmitter (and all gardenature cameras) require 12v DC power, so for a wireless kit to operate a 10 meter DC cable is supplied for connection to a mains point outdoors, ideally located inside a shed or garage for example. This means that the overall distance from the outdoor mains location to the actual camera can be upto 10 metres, extensions available if required.  The 10m cable terminates at the transmitter with two (splitter) 12v outputs, one for the camera and one for the transmitter, this eliminates the need for a separate mains supply for the camera. There is an RCA Video (yellow) and Audio (white) which connect to the camera for signal transmission. 

All gardenature camera kits arrive ready assembled, so they really are just `plug and play' easy to install.

This kit contains:


  • High quality Kestrel box. (built to RSPB specifications) 

  • High Resolution Mini Eyeball camera with switching Infra Red Illumination enabling viewing 24 hrs day

  • Digital Wireless Transmitter & Receiver (waterproof)

  • 10 Meter DC Cable

  • 2x 12v Regulated Mains Power Plugs 

  • Scart Adapter for optional TV input

  • 2 year warranty: Camera + TX/RX

  • Instruction sheet 

Accessories

Click on the `Buy' button, you will then be offered optional accessories such as PC / MAC USB connection, Extension CablesHDMI connection and much more... 


Customer Service 

This kit has been designed and manufactured in the UK by Gardenature. When you purchase from us we want you to experience high quality service levels combined with the reward of owning a British made product. We are very proud of our brand and service values, if there is anything else we can do to help with your project or you're just not sure what to buy, please do not hesitate to call or email us.


Kestrel facts:

Kestrels are the most common bird of prey in Europe, they can often be seen perched up high on tree branches, telephone wires, road-signs and tall buildings whilst they search for prey. Although their numbers have declined in Britain over the last few years. Their habit of hovering, particularly near motorways, means they are also one of the easiest to spot. Whilst hovering they have the extraordinary ability to keep their head totally still, even in strong winds. This allows them to pinpoint and catch small mammals and birds by sight alone. A kestrel is capable of locating its prey at remarkable distances, it can see and catch a beetle 50 meters from its perch. Kestrels need to eat 4-8 voles a day, depending on the time of the year and the amount of energy consumed whilst hover-hunting. 

The Kestrel is a protected species, at last count there was approximately 50,000 breeding pairs in the UK. Kestrels tend to stay within their home ranges throughout the autumn and winter, breeding starts in February. Kestrels are adaptable in their use of nest sites, but do not build their own nests. Old or disused nests of crows and other stick nesters are often used, as are ledges on cliffs and buildings. They are also regular hole-nesters and readily accept man made nest boxes. The same nest site is often used in successive years with some sites used for decades.
Antenna /Aerial: 3dB omni directional (standard)
Auto Transmission Pairing: Yes
Camera Dimensions: 60 x 58mm (metal)
Camera Weight: 210g
Camera_Resolution: 600TVL
Camera_Sensor: Sony 1/3 CCD. Colour
Digital Transmission Frequency: 2.4000 > 2.4835 GHz (Auto hoping)
Effective Pixels: 752 h x 582 v
Gamma Correction: 0.45
Infrared_LED: x24 auto switching sensor
Lens: f=3.6mm / F=2.0
Lens_Angle: 72 Deg
Max Current Draw: 200mA (RX) (TX + Camera) 350mA
Maximum No of TX RX per site: x 4 pairs
Maximum Transmission Distance: 120 Meters (line of sight) +Options available
Max_Current_Consumption: 150mA
Min Illumination: 0.0 Lux LED on
Min_Operating_Temperature: -20Deg C
Nest box Dimensions: H310 x W300 x D630mm (incl roof overhang)
Nest Box Weight: 8.1kg
Operating_Voltage: 12v DC
Outdoor 12vDC Cable > Mains: 10 Meters (33ft)
Shutter Speed: 1/50 - 1/100
Synchronising System: Internal
TX/RX dimensions: W 160 X H 125 X D 40mm (without aerial)
TX/RX Video Resolution: 720 x 480. 30fps
Video Output: 1vp-p composite
Video System: PAL
Warranty: 2 years
White Balance: ATW