Yesterday I decided to resurrect my old home constructed PIR camera switch which I used to use on the pond waterfall to detect any birds bathing there. It had partly fallen apart where the sticky fixers holding things in place had dried out. Once put back together and checked to be working I set it up near the bird bath:
It consists of a room PIR module (white) which operates a relay (blue) which in turn activates a wireless camera shutter switch (black with aerial). This is received by the wireless receiver dangling from the 70D which was set up in the kitchen:
Once I had the PIR in a reasonable position the camera was fired most times when a bird visited the bird bath. About 130 photos were taken during the day. Most numerous visitors were the Starlings which always take full advantage of any available bathing water:
Everything and everybody who gets too close has a free shower.
Definitely a case of splash it all over.
Recording video cannot be started automatically, not with my setup anyway. I was fortunate to be close to the camera when the Starlings decided it was bath time: