Currently, you can view SIX live animal cams on this page.
Here are all the featured locations that you need to watch:
#1: Akron, Ohio (The animal cam in my backyard!)
#2: Recke, Germany (Are you ready to watch LIVE hedgehogs?)
#3: Birmingham, Alabama (Deer, opossum, and many birds)
#4: Makov, Czech Republic (Lots of European squirrels & birds)
#5. Los Angeles, California (Dozens of HUMMINGBIRDS daily)
- #6. Pretoria, South Africa (Exotic birds, fruit bats, and bushbabies!)
I think you will find that the animal cams below are some of the best and most entertaining you will find. They all feature high definition cameras and stream live 24/7, 365 days per year!
All of the cams below show backyard animals that are common to their specific region. With a little planning and patience, almost anyone can make their yard more wildlife-friendly. Make sure to provide food, water, shelter, and hiding places.
In addition, I have come to know all of the cam owners below personally and consider them my friends. Each one of them cares deeply for the wildlife they feed and are dedicated to creating an environment at their home that benefits animals.
There are 3 ways you can support Bird Watching HQ:
1. Save this page and visit OFTEN!
- There is always something new to watch, and I am continually looking for unique animal cameras to add. 🙂
- Currently, I have FOUR live animal cams streaming. Plus, you will be made aware when highlight videos are uploaded! VIEW NOW!
3. Check out one of my other LIVE camera pages:
EAGLE Nest Cameras [11 streams from the USA, Europe, Australia]
7 LIVE Bird Feeding stations! – Learn how to identify common birds from the USA and Europe.
- PANDA Cams From Around The World! (7 locations)
Please know that any support you show is never expected, but much appreciated! 🙂
Now here are the cameras!
#1. Live Animal Cam in Ohio
This animal camera points at the ground underneath my bird feeders, which gives an incredible opportunity to observe ground-foraging birds and many species of mammals. It’s active, whether it’s day or night, and features incredible night vision! Are you ready for opossums, raccoons, squirrels, deer, and birds?
My name is Scott, and I live in a suburban neighborhood in northeast Ohio, close to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. I have been feeding the wildlife in my backyard for a few years and am still amazed at the incredible variety of species that visit. My goal is to keep transforming our one-acre yard into a place that attracts animals and birds by planting native plants and providing shelter (such as nest boxes and brush piles).
Please remember that this camera is situated only about 100 feet from the back door of my house. It’s common to see my dog running around, my kids playing and saying something to the cameras, or me filling the feeders. I‘m sorry if we accidentally scare away something you were watching. 🙂
I also have a second cam that watches my bird feeders, which is located above this one!
- *Watch my bird feeder camera now* (and read answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions!)
COMMON WILDLIFE YOU CAN OBSERVE:
Birds: Northern Cardinal, Blue Jay, American Crow, House Sparrow, Common Grackle, Mourning Dove, and sometimes even a Mallard duck.
Mammals: Virginia Opossum, Eastern Cottontail (rabbit), Eastern Gray Squirrel, American Red Squirrel, Eastern Chipmunk, White-tailed Deer, Red Fox, Groundhog, and Raccoons.
- Learn to identify the birds and mammals listed above: ID Guide To The Most Common Wildlife on the Ohio Live Cams
Featured Feeders: (links take you to Amazon to see prices)
Most Common Foods Used:
- Sunflower kernels, peanuts, and corn
What does the surrounding area look like?
- Cam used for live streaming: (link takes you to Amazon)
- Software: CamStreamer
#2: Wild Animal Cam in Germany
This LIVE animal cam is located in Recke, Germany, and is hosted by Thomas. In addition to birds and pheasants, it’s common to see HEDGEHOGS at night (except in winter when they hibernate)!
The feeding station is near a road, so occasionally, you hear cars and tractors passing. Thomas is dedicated to attracting animals to his backyard. In addition to his feeding station, he has been installing nesting boxes for various species. To view a neat panoramic of the area surrounding the feeders, please click on this link!
Thomas has a second camera that streams the birds on his feeders:
COMMON ANIMALS OBSERVED: Hedgehog, Pheasant, Common Blackbird, Blue Tit, House Sparrow, Chaffinch
- The houses you see in the back are for hedgehogs to hibernate inside. Currently, they are uninhabited.
- Homemade feeding tray!
- Ceramic water bowl
MOST COMMON FOODS USED:
- Meat, insects, egg, and fruit to attract hedgehogs.
- Black-oil sunflower seed and oats.
- Cam used for live streaming: (link takes you to Amazon)
- Software: CamStreamer
#3: Birmingham, Alabama
- Ken also has a bird feeder cam, which can be viewed here.
- Black sunflower seed, shelled sunflower, corn, millet, peanuts, and safflower seed.
- Northern Cardinal, Mourning Dove, Blue Jays, House Sparrows, White-tailed Deer, Eastern Chipmunks, Raccoons, & Virginia Opossums. We are hoping to see an armadillo appear in front of the camera someday!
*An Axis P1448-LE camera is used for streaming, along with Camstreamer.
#4: Live Animals in the Czech Republic
#5. Hummingbirds in California
Carole provides this hummingbird camera at her home in Los Angeles, California.
Carole has been consistently feeding hummingbirds at this location for eight years, which is one of the reasons she attracts so many visitors. On a typical day, she has to refill the feeders THREE times! The hummers drink the nectar so quickly that you can almost see the sugar water going down.
In addition to these feeders, ten others are off-camera, as well as many nectar-rich plants. You never have to worry that these hummingbirds are hungry. 🙂
THE HUMMINGBIRD SPECIES YOU MAY SEE:
- Year-round, daily visitors: Anna’s, Allen’s
- Summer only: Black-chinned
- Spring and Fall Migration: Rufous
- Rare: Costa’s, Calliope
- *Hooded Orioles often visit the feeders to sip nectar.*
*For help with identification, check out this Hummingbird Species ID Guide
THE FEEDERS AND ANT GUARDS CAROLE USES:
Camera: Axis P1447-LE
Streaming Software: CamStreamer
#6. Pretoria, South Africa
This animal webcam is located in a suburban garden backyard in Pretoria, South Africa. Apart from Pretoria being at 4,600 feet (1400 m) above sea level, the feeding station is situated between the trees about 20 feet (6m) above ground level.
This animal camera is brought to us by the Allen’s, who have been live-streaming since 2010! Please enjoy this small contribution from this wonderful family, as they love sharing a little window into Africa and the wonderful blessings from nature, highlighting the importance of taking good care of our valuable environment.
The feeder was custom designed and built from teak hardwood, which is resistant to the weather and easy to disinfect.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
WHAT FOODS ARE FED?
Fruit is typically used, such as apples, bananas, and pears. You will also see specially prepared saw meat and suet served several times per day.
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON ANIMALS THAT APPEAR?
African grey hornbill, Grey go-away-bird, Ring-necked dove, Cape sparrow, Arrow-marked babbler, Speckled Mousebird, Cape starling, Red-winged starling, Black-collared barbet, Greenwood hoopoe, Burchell’s coucal, Crested Barbet, Black-headed Weaver, Karoo thrush (Lyster), Common Bulbul, Southern boubou, Speckled pigeon, and Hadeda ibis.
Large Spotted Genet, Wahlberg’s epauletted fruit bat, Lesser Bushbaby
- All three of these species can be seen at night on the camera!
To learn which species you are watching, make sure to head over to the Bird Watching HQ YouTube page. Click on the South African stream, and you can chat LIVE with people who can help. 🙂
WHAT TYPE OF CAMERA IS USED FOR STREAMING?
Currently, a Vivotec 3MP bullet cam is used, streaming at 1080p.
4 Frequently Asked Questions
1. Where are the animals?
Please remember that all the live cameras you find on this page feature WILD animals. Food is continually provided to try and attract them, but you never know when they will make an appearance.
Also, keep in mind that the live streams above stretch across many different time zones. It might be late afternoon in Ohio, but that means it’s night time in the Czech Republic and early afternoon in California. Each camera has periods when they are most active, which is typically early in the morning.
Lastly, all the animal cameras have excellent night vision, which allows you to view nocturnal wildlife!
2. Do you have any worksheets to use while watching?
Yes! We have heard from numerous schools and retirement communities that enjoy using our live animal cameras to help facilitate learning and fun.
To see our current list of activities and worksheets, please view the page below:
3. How much food do you go through, and how much do you spend?
As you can imagine, the amount of food that gets eaten each day is highly variable and depends on the weather, season, and the wildlife that visit. But as an average, I probably go through about 5 lbs of food per day at my feeding station in Ohio. As for how much I spend to feed all these hungry animals, currently, I am paying about $250/month!
4. I want a live animal camera in my backyard! How do I do it?
Before you start the endeavor of setting up live cams, let me give you a few warnings. First, it’s highly addictive, and I check my cameras ALL THE TIME! Second, it is not cheap, and it requires some technical knowledge. I spent a lot of time researching different cameras, streaming software, and exactly how to make everything work. But if you’re interested, I wrote a guide to get you started: