Sunday, April 20, 2008

Small beaver crossing between ponds

Still trying to find the trail the otter use when crossing between ponds. Have this camera set on this trail for a month and no otter yet, but I know an otter is in the pond. Hopefully I can find the one it uses before the pups and her leave the ponds.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Great bear photo from a guest

Every now and then I will place a trail camera photo from a guest on the blog.

This Blackbear picture is one of the best I've seen in a long time. It's still early for a bear to be at full weight after a long winter, but this is a very large bear. Not only is this a good bear, but the camera angle, background and just the way it's looking to the left of the camera plus taken during the day makes this a top notch photo.

Friday, April 11, 2008

End of my Goose nest study

A raccoon ended my goose nest study after only 4 days. Sad ending but that's part of natural selection in the wild and happens everyday but with trail cameras we can now study and get better knowledge of real life.

The two eggs were still there but the goose had abandoned the nest and not been back. The eggs were cold and wet from the weather so she most likely found a better location to build another nest to raise the next family of goslings.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Canadian goose nesting

Began my study of the life and problems of a Canadian goose while nesting. It's a great location on a log with water surrounding all 4 sides and the sun behind the camera for good lighting. I wait till the goose is off the nest before checking the camera, which amounts to some long waits but well worth the trouble.

I started with one camera set on 5 minute delay but with advise from others I changed it to one minute and now have two cameras facing the nest. The first is a Sony S600 and mainly for night pictures and then I set the Nikon D100 on day only to get some high quality closeups of action on the nest. The Nikon will take a picture every 3 seconds on movement so might have to get a 4 gig card to hold all the pictures when it starts to incubate the eggs. I counted 6 eggs in the nest when I set up the first camera. Will update this project as I get more information.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Mink out foraging for food

Mink are moving around a lot this time of the year so placed the camera on a well used trail between two ponds. This is one of the 6 mink photos on this path plus I had pictures of a muskrat and a mouse. Still raining here so it's been difficult to get the lighting just right, even at night the flash reflects off the water drop or fogs the lens.