I do a lot of tinkering with webcams and raspberry pi’s. This works after a fashion but I decided to finally invest in a proper trail camera. The difference in quality is significant.
The camera I’ve bought is a Browning Recon Force Advantage from Nature Spy, and so far it’s looking promising. I’ve still got a bit to learn though. My main surprise is how much ambient light is needed before the camera stops using Infrared. The following video was, according to the timestamp, taken at 11:21AM today, and all the preceding videos are in infra red.
Admittedly it’s a wet, dreich day, and natural daylight hasn’t been in abundance anyway. Plus, the camera is strapped to the trunk of a Leylandii tree and I’m wondering whether the branches are casting shade over the camera’s sensor, despite the main capture area being relatively open.
After 11:21 the camera flips to daylight and suddenly there is colour.
No real surprises in the captures. Grey squirrels, magpies and crows. And it’s given me some ideas about the capture area. I think I’ll put it on that Katsura tree tonight (the one with the dangling yellow cable) and point it to the big tree stump.
If I was a squirrel, and I could climb trees like that, I’d be quite excited too.
Mr Mittens, Willow, a hedgehog, but mostly just gorgeous birdsong.
I’m surprised I haven’t noticed this before. Out cycling yesterday on a quiet lane I heard crackling from the vergeside. Like a gently smouldering wood fire. Mystified at first, I soon realised the sounds were from the seed pods of Ulex Europaeas (Gorse) crackling in the midday heat.
Have a yawn. And a stretch.
A long wash.
Tired now. Might go back to sleep.
Clockwise from Silver Birch …
- Blenheim Orange
- Newton Wonder
- Discovery (next to bird table)
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