This Photo Booth is for the Birds

Shooting birds can be difficult. You need patience, you need long expensive super telephotos, and of course you need to go out and find the birds.

No more! Let the birds come to you instead with a clever device called the Bird Photo Booth. This device is a bird feeder that remotely snaps close-up photos of your winged visitors.

The Bird Photo Booth is designed to look like a classic Polaroid Land camera from 1950s but open the front of this hardwood feeder, and there’s a spot to place an iPhone, iPod Touch or GoPro camera. Move away to a discreet location and you can monitor birds swooping in for a bite at the feeder in real time on an iPhone, iPad, and other mobile devices or computers via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

When you see a bird you want to photograph or capture video of, just hit the virtual button on the Bird Photo Booth’s companion app, and you’re done.

The device was invented by ornithologist Bryson Lovett. It will cost $149. and is expected to ship in March 2013.