It takes me a really long time to get these pictures into any kind of condition where I can post them and you can see what they are. The problem is not that the camera is too far away. It’s too close.
The infrared beam needs about 10 more feet to allow the camera to get reasonable detail, but the deck is only 12 by 12 feet square. Since we already have the tripod flat against the house, unless we try mounting the camera on the roof, this is as good as it is going to get — with this camera.
There are better cameras. A better camera would cost about $300. A much better camera is about $600. A very good camera can easily cost $1000 or more.
This is a $65 camera. It is the “better than nothing” camera and at least we now have a pretty good idea of what creatures are feeding here. It’s a lot more than birds.
It’s just as well the feeders are up on the deck because otherwise, I’m pretty sure the deer and the skunks would be up here too. Not that I have anything against either species, but I don’t need them up on my deck. The bobcat already gets on the deck. I know because he came over the roof and jumped down next to me and three of my nine lives vanished before my eyes.
So meanwhile, I spent all day working on these pictures. They may not look very good, but they are, I guarantee, as good as I could make them.
So. When you are outside at night and you think there are creatures watching you, you’re right. Many creatures are watching you. Hawks and owls. Raccoons and flying squirrels. Bobcats, skunks, deer, fisher cats (which are not cats but are actually weasels). Giant hunting spiders. They watch you.
They see you.