I have been admiring the shots my friend keeps posting on Facebook, of things captured by his “game cam” on his ranch. It is simply a motion-sensor-activated camera, which can take photos both day and night. Having found myself in Cabela’s a few weeks go, I decided to pick one up.
I set it up pointing at the entrance/exit to a prominent game trail on the edge of our property, leading into woods. Here’s what we’ve gotten in the last week.
One deer, and two deer.
And then, some coyotes. No way to tell if this is the same dog, or several different ones (though it looks like at least two). Lately, at night, it sounds like there are a hundred out there. My friend warned me that his camera doesn’t often snap coyotes. He figures its red indicator LED, and the flash and lens click, scare them off. Not so here, apparently, at least not yet.
Here’s one coming, 9:36pm on Thursday.
Then going, 4:03am Friday.
Another departure at 6:15am on Friday (tail end barely visible by cedar tree), followed by a second dog in the next 60 seconds:
Then another something leaving- I think this is also a coyote, the blurry butt is harder to identify, but it seems too short to be a deer. 10:35pm Friday.
This is a funny series, at 1am Sunday. You can see this guy come in, get startled by the camera, spin and bolt (you can almost see him thinking, dammit, what is that thing!?!); then sneak back two minutes later, making a big banana path to try to skirt the scary thing.
Sneaking past two minutes later, steering clear of the flashing thing:
Apparently I was right, this trail is a virtual highway. The camera has also snapped quite a few blank frames- I’m not sure whether birds or falling leaves will trigger it, or whether sometimes an animal is just on the edge of the frame and is missed by the time the shutter snaps.