Why you should get one
Here's a composite video showing a fox, a rabbit and a pine marten all in the same spot on the same night:
One of the great things about a trail camera is that you never know what you're going to film. I set my camera up for roe deer and filmed a pine marten; I set it up to film a pine marten and got a roe deer mum with her fawns; I set it up for red squirrels and filmed foxes and robins; and I set it up to film the red deer herd and got another pine marten !
Every day your trail camera is at home, it's missing some great wildlife. I went about a month without filming the pine marten, then I got this fantastic footage of it killing a rabbit:
What to look for
Picking your location
I set the camera up in this position to try and get pine marten, but I got this brilliant footage of a roe deer mum out with her month-old fawns.
Day and night settings
Mine is set to be triggered anytime. Here are four pictures over a 24 hour period showing snow fall. During the day time, it films in colour. When the light is low, it uses black and white, and uses the lights on the top of the camera. At some times the colour balance can get confused, like in the bottom right picture when it seems very blue. When the light is low, but not low enough to switch to night mode, the quality can be a bit poor.
Keeping the trail camera secure
Having a grab bag
Keeping a diary
How to attach it
Go wide first.
When you don't get anything filmed...
How often should you check it ?
Leaving out food
Close up lenses.
Finally....trail cameras are edible.
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