Tuesday, January 26, 2010

One deer at the woodpecker tree

Not much action on the woodpecker tree, just one deer passed by at night. I did look closely at the holes and it seems they were test holes for ants and bugs, but the tree was solid in the heart so not much for food.

On another note, I overloaded my computer and it slowed down to a crawl, so I added 2gig of Ram and now things are working faster. Should be back in business.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Location for a Pileated Woodpecker

Can't walk past a cedar tree with fresh holes like this when I have an extra trail camera in my backpack. The tree I tied the camera on is a little farther than I wanted, so I used a sony 600 for this setup. This way I can crop it some for a closeup, the 600 works great either day or night, but expect any bird pictures will be taken during the daylight hours. Just maybe a big buck or bull elk will walk past, but won't hold my breath.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Smaller trail camera

I'm building a few small game cameras for those locations around ponds and streams to hide from the smaller animals. The small size makes it easier to carry 8 or 9 with me most of the time.

The case is a Pelican 1010...camera is a Sony P41 and the sensor board is the new Simple Sniper. I used a 9 volt battery for the sensor board and had to make a small snorkel on the back to fit the 9 volt. I had 2 small coin cell batteries in it but switched so all my cameras would take the same batteries.

Here's a photo of the side showing the snorkel, I ground out some on the inside of the snorkel for the battery corners to fit and then fitted it and gooped everthing to weather seal.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Trail cameras and Murphy's Law

I had the camera on this trail but in a different location and had a nice buck walk past, but the background was bad, looked good when I set the camera out but the photos were poor lighting. I wanted the same buck in this location and left the camera out for several weeks, no buck but did get a doe and cow elk. As luck would have it, the doe came from behind the camera and the elk set the camera off too fast. Neither photo had the animal centered but the background was great.