Here it has a spare memory card taped to the inside, so I can bring one home to download while keeping another one inside it. The other memory card slots up from the bottom. There is a switch to switch it on, some buttons, and a menu screen. Mine doesn't show previews of what has been shot though which is a shame so I just have two memory cards and swap them.
The first test
I was now dying to do it for real !
The first place I set it up for real was in Mortuary Wood, which was where I did my first "what can you see in an hour" challenge, and also where the badger and buzzard are rotting down. You can see how obvious the security wire was without camo tape:
Quoiggs Wood #1
Quoiggs Wood #2
Dad went to the south edge of the wood and found this gap in a tree which was the only way from one side to the other.
The strap wasn't big enough to go all the way round the tree so it went round the branches instead. We left it for three nights.
I had set the camera up to record 1 minute of video whenever it was triggered. When I downloaded the card I could see what looked like nothing, then I looked closely and I could see that as it was triggered a roe deer was just walking off.
Luckily the roe turned round and walked back the way he came !
Dad remembered that he had seen the same deer before about half a mile away, and remembered the distinctive antlers:
I definitely wanted to try it out on red deer. Suicides Graves is the red deer forest where I watched them during the rut. I chose a spot which was at the edge of the wood, where there was a distinctive deer path going into the woods.
Watch how she tilts her ear at 13 seconds to make sure there is nothing else in the direction that she runs away in !
I checked on the camera with dad after the first 48 hours when I was out on a walk but left it there. A few hours after we left, this stag walked by !
In the night four deer ran past:
And at 6am the next day, the same stag was back ! It didn't look like Homer or Flanders, the two stags I watched during the rut. It's unusual the stag was still here so late in the rut.
A minute after that this hind and fawn walked past:
The next day I downloaded the card and spotted something completely unexpected down there !
- I really REALLY like it. It's going to be really useful for tracking animals.
- It is a good design and the batteries last a long time but the menus are a bit fiddly.
- It's a shame it doesn't have a preview screen to see what it's shot, but you need a big screen anyway to see some details.
- You really need to buy a padlock and wire as well to make sure no-one takes it.
- I asked around a lot (Wildlife Kate was really really helpful, and she is kind of an expert on things like this and she sells them too ) and lots of people like the Bushnell ones. If you can afford the 2013 models with the invisible flash light then I would buy that. I could have afforded it but wasn't sure about spending so much money on something knew. I might buy another one like that later. I'm not worried about animals noticing it, but I am worried about poachers in some of the woods I leave it in who might spot it and break it so they don't get caught
- The sensor is really good, and triggers from quite a long way away. I only had one time where it triggered when nothing was on the video.
- I bought a 32Gb card which is probably too big. A 1min video is about 53Mb, so it could fit over 600 of them on one card. For my second card I bought a 8Gb one.
- Video quality is really good in day time, and a bit blocky at night. I haven't tried the photographs yet. Video seems more useful to me.
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