Sunday, 18 January 2015

What I have learned about setting up a trailcam

My tutor, Justin Hoffman, has been amazing. He is a wildlife photographer and a writer.
I've been posting my progress. It has been varied.
Justin advised that the camera should be facing north, so as not to get backlit photos. That helped.
Of course, if you bait your trail cam with deer food, what will you get? Deer. I threw down some cracked corn, hoping for rabbit. I got an ear. The camera was pointed at the food, but the wiley rabbit (not wiley coyote) skipped along beside the camera. You can just see the ears above '17!'

Justin put down a turkey neck at Christmas and got a fisher on his trailcam. That fisher worked the snow at 2:00 a.m. until it uncovered the buried neck.
I've switched from video, which takes a lot of battery energy, to photos. My goal is simply to document the wildlife that I do not often see, like the coyote.

deer butts!
It's a bit old to be nursing!
Thought it'd give it a try, though!

1 buck with, 1 buck without antlers



9 comments:

eileeninmd said...

I like seeing the deer, the buck is beautiful and coyote is cool. Neat photos from the cam.. Happy Sunday!

ladyfi said...

What a lovely sight to see the deer!

Judy said...

You are so ambitious, getting out in the swamp! I prefer to hibernate, now that I have an old lady dog who claims she doesn't need walkies...
I love that backlit photo of Annabelle!!!

Hilary said...

Fun to do.. it is motion activated? That's a healthy looking coyote.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Yes, it is Hilary. It works really well. I have a PlantCam, and run that on automatic. This is more fun to see who is in our forest!

Red said...

Your trail cam is pretty active. With that many critters around you are likely to see some very different animals show up.

William Kendall said...

They look ghostly in the night shots.

Powell River Books said...

I've been thinking about getting one for a year or so, but haven't. I would like to see who is eating my garden at night! - Margy

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
It's a highway!!! The coyote 'capture' is worth the effort. YAM xx