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Old Sunday 5th December 2010, 21:11   #1
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Camera trap delights

Hello and welcome!! To all owners of camera traps, those who lust after them, and those with a passing interest. And others.

This thread open to all people who use camera traps, the idea being we post stills or videos (is there a way to do that on bf?) of as many different species as we have. Only recently having aquired my beloved Bushnell camera, so far I can only rustle up a measly eight (fox, rabbit, grey squirrel, wood mouse, wren, magpie, carrion crow, woodlouse(!!)). I also have domestic cat and dog, but those are disallowed... wild creatures only please. No wolves jumping over fences.

Many will know that camera traps can produce 'variable' results, so a running 'spot the animal' type feature will provide some light entertainment. Please feel free to contribute to this, I'm quite sure there will be plenty of fodder!

I will kick us off with the Red Fox Vulpes vulpes - if anyone has a better shot please go ahead. This was maybe 10 metres away from the camera.

Now dazzle me with your snow leopards, pine martens, beavers etc......

PS they don't have to be mammals or sea life, all creatures welcome, it just seemed the most appropriate forum.
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Old Monday 6th December 2010, 11:00   #2
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Hello and welcome!! To all owners of camera traps, those who lust after them, and those with a passing interest. And others.

This thread open to all people who use camera traps, the idea being we post stills or videos (is there a way to do that on bf?) of as many different species as we have. Only recently having aquired my beloved Bushnell camera, so far I can only rustle up a measly eight (fox, rabbit, grey squirrel, wood mouse, wren, magpie, carrion crow, woodlouse(!!)). I also have domestic cat and dog, but those are disallowed... wild creatures only please. No wolves jumping over fences.

Many will know that camera traps can produce 'variable' results, so a running 'spot the animal' type feature will provide some light entertainment. Please feel free to contribute to this, I'm quite sure there will be plenty of fodder!

I will kick us off with the Red Fox Vulpes vulpes - if anyone has a better shot please go ahead. This was maybe 10 metres away from the camera.

Now dazzle me with your snow leopards, pine martens, beavers etc......

PS they don't have to be mammals or sea life, all creatures welcome, it just seemed the most appropriate forum.
Brilliant, this should be fun. I like the idea of "spot the animal", I often spend ages looking for what has set the camera off .

The very first wildlife I captured was quite boring, crows, but the interaction was interesting. I mostly take stills rather than video, probably because I'm so computer illiterate .

I'm not sure how many species I've got so far but I will try and add them up later... not that it's very many!

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Right folks, it's time for the first...

Spot the Creature Feature!

Position and species, please :)

PS lurkers join in!
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Old Monday 6th December 2010, 11:55   #4
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Brilliant, this should be fun. I like the idea of "spot the animal", I often spend ages looking for what has set the camera off .

The very first wildlife I captured was quite boring, crows, but the interaction was interesting. I mostly take stills rather than video, probably because I'm so computer illiterate .

I'm not sure how many species I've got so far but I will try and add them up later... not that it's very many!

Two Crow pics.
Nice pics, they look really sharp, what camera do you have?

Always interesting to watch them go about their normal business!
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Right folks, it's time for the first...

Spot the Creature Feature!

Position and species, please :)

PS lurkers join in!
I can see a Leopard disguised as a tree .

And people have a go at me for my lovely Jack Snipe pictures!
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Old Monday 6th December 2010, 12:02   #6
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I can see a Leopard disguised as a tree .

And people have a go at me for my lovely Jack Snipe pictures!
Personally I thought your snipe photos were right up there with the best*. Top quality.

*in terms of automatic squinting caused
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Fox brush bottom right?
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Ah good guess. Correct position, wrong species. :)
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Rabbit?
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Nice pics, they look really sharp, what camera do you have?

Always interesting to watch them go about their normal business!
A Prostalk. It's quite big and bulky compared to some.
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Rabbit?
Yes well done. It has literally only just occurred to me that I wrote down all the animals I have footage of!

Here he was a couple seconds earlier
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Yes well done. It has literally only just occurred to me that I wrote down all the animals I have footage of!

Here he was a couple seconds earlier
My first guess of a fox brush was genuine but I have to admit that I took the most likely species from your list for my second guess . In all honesty I couldn't really tell what it was lol.

I'll try you with one of mine. I don't know what it is although I have a couple of ideas. Makes it tricky because it is so close to the camera that size is difficult to judge.

I'll put in a series of three photos which do show that a bit of fieldcraft does help in placing the camera. I'd found an area where I could see that a deer had been lying down. It would have been better if I'd had it on video but I was still pleased with what I got.
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Wow great deer shots. As for the first! Where was it?
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Wow great deer shots. As for the first! Where was it?
Bottom right hand corner, facing forward away from the camera, you can see the ears reflecting light. I forget that you're not used to seeing all the shots that I've got from this location.
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Bottom right hand corner, facing forward away from the camera, you can see the ears reflecting light. I forget that you're not used to seeing all the shots that I've got from this location.
Thanks, I meant location!
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Assuming you are up north somewhere, I guess pine marten?
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Assuming you are up north somewhere, I guess pine marten?
Ooops, yes I am up north. Inland Moray.

I thought possibly pine marten but also wondered if being so close to the camera had distorted the size and it was a stoat. The more I look at it the more I think it must be a pine marten. I've had reasonable photos of both in the area.
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Ooops, yes I am up north. Inland Moray.

I thought possibly pine marten but also wondered if being so close to the camera had distorted the size and it was a stoat. The more I look at it the more I think it must be a pine marten. I've had reasonable photos of both in the area.
Left ear looks pointy, Stoat ears are rounded. I'd say Pine Marten.

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My first guess of a fox brush was genuine but I have to admit that I took the most likely species from your list for my second guess . In all honesty I couldn't really tell what it was lol.

I'll try you with one of mine. I don't know what it is although I have a couple of ideas. Makes it tricky because it is so close to the camera that size is difficult to judge.

I'll put in a series of three photos which do show that a bit of fieldcraft does help in placing the camera. I'd found an area where I could see that a deer had been lying down. It would have been better if I'd had it on video but I was still pleased with what I got.
They are some great pictures. I really want to get a camera trap, I was just wondering which model you have. Thanks
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Left ear looks pointy, Stoat ears are rounded. I'd say Pine Marten.

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Thanks John. I'll definitely count it as Pine Marten then.
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They are some great pictures. I really want to get a camera trap, I was just wondering which model you have. Thanks
Hi Steefo

I have a Prostalk and a Spypoint IR6. There are pros and cons to both but so far I prefer the Prostalk probably because I've had it longer and am more familiar with it.

turkish van has a Bushnell which looks pretty good to me.
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Lots of Hare prints around the last few days, now the snow has firmed up and sunk a bit, so I put new batteries in the prostalk (they really do seem to wear down quickly in the cold) and popped it out overnight. Got lots of photos and would have had more if I'd realised I had it set to 5 minutes between triggering rather than 1 minute which is what I normally have it at.

Not brilliant but here is one of the better ones.
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Just to set the scene, my parents live on the edge of town and are lucky enough to have a large garden surrounded by fields containing lots of wildlife. I purchased my dad a camera trap for Christmas last year but he has never got around to setting it up.

Last week my parents went away (taking their dog) and I volunteered to keep an eye on the house, keep the bird feeders stocked etc. With lots of snow around it was easy to see an assortment of mammal tracks crisscrossing the garden. With this in mind I decided to dig out the trap and set it up. Time was at a premium, and the snow was falling heavily, so I hastily set up the trap and baited with a few dog biscuits.

On checking the trap today I was quite pleased with my first attempt, especially considering I didnt even test the camera beforehand.

Grey Squirrels, Magpies and Wood Pigeons triggered most of the shots, but I did find a couple of more interesting mammal photos.

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Any thoughts on the second? (I have a very good idea but just wondered what others think).

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I also like this shot. My dad is inspecting the trap with Brandy the dog in the distance.

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Can't wait to have another go. Might even get the whole animal next time!
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Any thoughts on the second? (I have a very good idea but just wondered what others think).

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Nice to see someone else joining in!

As to the photo, it looks like a badger's back end to me?
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