Animal camera operators in Israel are taking their skills to the next level with new cameras that can capture live footage of birds, mammals and even other wildlife.
The cameras have been designed to capture footage of the animals on their own time, and then be captured using an app.
The idea is that it allows operators to capture and record the footage on their phones at a time when they don’t have the time to do so.
“They can record them in a way that it’s always on and ready,” said Nadezhda Semyonova, a veterinarian at the Golan Wildlife Sanctuary in Israel’s Negev Desert.
“When we do the shots, we know exactly when the animal is, so we can make the best decision for the animal, the shot, the moment.”
Semyinova’s team also uses drones, which they claim are quieter and more efficient than helicopters and have greater range.
Animals have traditionally been a bit of a hassle for humans to watch.
Even the most seasoned wildlife photographer would often have to stand outside the area of interest to record an animal.
A typical animal camera shoots footage in a wide field, but Semyenova’s new project allows operators a more controlled way to capture the animals in a small area.
“We’re trying to create a camera that’s smaller and more compact, and also that it can capture better images, because the camera can be programmed to record images on the fly,” she said.
To begin capturing footage, the cameras can be connected to a mobile app, which can then record and upload the video to YouTube or Instagram.
Semyonov’s team is working with local wildlife photographers to produce a training video for the cameras, as well as videos that explain how to use the cameras to capture wildlife.
As the cameras become more popular, they will become a tool for wildlife photographers in Israel and the West.
For animal photographers, the use of drones for capturing footage has proven to be a game changer.
“The use of drone photography has increased dramatically in Israel,” Semyonskaya said.
“In the last two years, drone technology has really expanded our ability to capture wild animals.
There are so many different species, and we have so many ways to document them.
It’s not that I don’t like animals; I like animals.”