British Columbia

Hummingbird live webcam takes flight in B.C.

Eric Pittman's high quality videos and live webcam in Esquimalt, B.C., are captivating hundreds of thousands of people around the world, who flock to his website for an unfiltered look.

Eric Pittman's seen by half a million viewers worldwide

Hummingbird live webcam in B.C.

8 years ago
Duration 0:36
Eric Pittman has broadcast more than 60 nests in his yard

Vancouver Island resident Eric Pittman has become somewhat of a hummingbird expert ever since he picked up a video camera five years ago and starting filming a nest in his backyard.

He has been filming ever since.

"Once you start to do it and they're always around, it's kind of addictive," he said.

Pittman's high quality videos and live webcam streaming from Esquimalt, B.C., are captivating hundreds of thousands of people around the world, who flock to his website for an unfiltered, closer look at the birds.

In five years he has documented over 60 hummingbird nests from egg to flight, making him one of the top experts in the world.

"Before I started following the birds in my backyard so closely, people didn't know hummingbirds had more than one nest a year. But because I was following this [one] particular bird, we were able to prove it had four nests a year," Pittman said.

And what started out as an unusual hobby is now turning into a career. Pittman says he's been asked by BBC Wildlife to help it locate and film a Rufous Hummingbird nest in Alaska.

YouTube: Hummingbird Live Cam

Note: A looped video plays between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. PT.

With files from CHEK News


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?