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Spotted on My Trail Camera

Posted June 20, 2015 12:00 AM by SavvyExacta
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Last month I set up a trail camera in a wooded part of my property. It's caught family members, a guy we don't know, and a few animals. I thought I'd share the photos here for fun.

First, a little bit about the camera. It's a Stealth Cam P12 Scouting Camera. It has a 50 foot range and can shoot photos up to 6 megapixels. It can also do video! I have it set to take 6 photos a second apart once it's been activated.

The camera takes eight AA batteries. I put rechargeable batteries in and it's holding up fine. It also uses an SD card. I usually take a small digital camera out into the woods and put the SD card into that in order to see if there are any new photos.

There was one little hiccup a few weeks after I attached the camera to a tree. The motion sensor was being activated because the leaves came out on the tree after I placed the camera. More than 2,500 photos of a leaf! I moved it to a new spot.

Deer

Turtle

Squirrel

The best picture since this batch is a deer ear! I backed up the camera by about 10 feet and we'll see if we can get him to fill the frame.

I look forward to moving the camera around and seeing what else I can find.

If you have a trail camera, please feel free to share some photos of the animals you've "captured."

More photos from my trail camera

Trail camera - miscellaneous creatures

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06/20/2015 4:54 AM

Cool pics. We don't get much very exotic in our UK back garden. There were Foxes with cubs in the overgrown garden when we first moved in.

We had an Azure Tit over from Russia one winter and a Hummingbird Hwakmoth which is a rare summer visitor.

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06/20/2015 12:46 PM

What a great idea! Can the camera take night photos?

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06/22/2015 9:18 AM

Yes! The photos of the guy we don't know were taken around 8:30pm. It takes infrared photos at night.

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06/21/2015 3:14 AM

Friend of mine set up acamera in the front window of his house to capture pictures of anyone who comes down his drive or looks in his front window while he's away. The system e-mails him any photographs of significance.

Regrettably, the camera has a small light on it. The evening I was having dinner with him the amera repeatedly e-mailed him pictures of moths.

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06/21/2015 10:33 AM

I love this idea! I'll have to talk my better half into getting one to set up in the buffer zone next to my land. I'm sure I'll get mostly the feral cats of my area but some deer, raccoons, groundhogs and maybe a few of the raptors.

I have to ask, did that guy you don't recognize look like either of the guys that left the Clinton correctional facility?

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06/22/2015 9:19 AM

Nope! The pictures were taken before they got out.

The camera is definitely entertaining. Never know what you'll see.

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06/21/2015 11:50 AM

We see a lot of deer. They eat all the outside plants and sometimes sleep in the yard. Here is the most unusual one I have photographed.

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06/21/2015 9:30 PM

That albino buck is very, Very, VERY cool but I do wonder if it is a little off topic of this engineering blog.

Do you have any more pictures of this white buck?

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06/22/2015 2:21 AM

Unless some special albino feature is photographed/noted, such as pink eyes, its probably not a true full Albino.

Albino animals generally have a very short life in the wild, simply because their eyesight can be very poor, but as you finally said its probably a white buck!!

Major difference between the two.

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06/22/2015 7:09 AM

Really, do you also suck the oxygen out of a room in person?

Next time I want to make an observation of a picture I'll remember to make a complete DNA allele sequence analysis of the subject just for you.

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06/22/2015 7:16 AM

Bad hair day?

No hair day?

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06/22/2015 10:37 AM

Relax, Andy's just a German being German. Critical, highly-detaled analysis is in the blood. It might come from having a language that can take several pages to write down one word, but that word is an extremely detailed description of an ornate-filigreed-decorated-steamboat-drivers-hat-factory-in-Dusseldorf-on-the-west-side-of-the-mountain-where-the-Eidelweis-bloomed-in-the-spring-on-the-day-I-proposed-to-my-future-bride-during-a-picnic-while-on-holliday-from-my-job-at-the-waggon-making-shop-in-Munic-on-the-river-where-I-went-fishing-with-my-father-one-autum-when-the-carp-were-unusually-plentiful-for-that-time-of-year.

(And I'm sure Andy COULD make one word to cover all that, if he uses the 'old' German grammar rules.) ;)

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06/22/2015 11:55 AM

Trochenbierenauslaase! (SP)

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06/22/2015 12:42 PM

LOL!!!

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06/22/2015 1:29 PM

Thanks, I pased it off the children's game I heard about, where they start with a simple word, such as 'hat,' and they take turns adding something to it until someone messes up, then they're 'out' for the round and the remaining children start again, until there's only one child left.

I was working on a name for a German Metal band (I know, German bands are more into Techno, it's the Sweedes who are more into Metal, but personally, I like metal more than Techno) but I lost my notes. The lead singer would introduce the band with "Good Evening! We are Unashamed-of-making-too-much-noise-and-keeping-awake-the-couple-next-door-who-have-to-get-up-early-to-drive-into-the-city-for-their-jobs-at-the- etc., etc." The joke was that after introducing themselves when the club opens for the night, they only have time to play one song before the club closes.

(While I'm technically Half Polish, a quarter German, an Eigth Sweede and an Eigth English, I don't make jokes about my Polish side too much (It's all been done to death anyway), English jokes are all about bad weather and bad food, and jabs at the non-British groups in the British Isles, And as for the Sweedes, well, you can always tell a Sweede, you just can't tell them much. So I mostly poke fun at my Germain side, while avoiding any jokes about Those-Fanatics-Who-Followed-That-Second-Rate-Paper-Hanger-and-Led-The-Country-And-World-Into-A-Big-Bloody-Mess. And before you ask: no, I will never use the proper name for that bunch of nutzies.)

(And I do take pride in that two of the best kings, were from lands I trace my roots to: Gustavus Adolfus, who helped modernize Sweden, And Ludwig II of Bavaria, 'Unser Kini,' Our Darling King, who, while seeing the writing on the wall for the end of Bavaria as an independant state, sought to being joy and happiness to his people by being a 'fairy take' king, roaming the streets disguised as a peasant, and lavishly rewarding those tho showed mercy to beggars, and who can forget the castles he built, using only his family's money, not taxpayer funds. Every little girl who puts a paper cone on her head and plays princes wants to be the princess of Newschwanstein Castle. So you see, I don't just remember the bad or the silly, I also remember and cherish the good.)

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06/22/2015 1:04 PM

Here are a couple photos that shows one of his eyes. He seems to get along with the other bucks. I was surprised that he survived to adulthood. He doesn't blend in to the background and I'm sure there are a lot of hunters who would like his head in their dens. Alas, I only saw him once in August 2013. I don't know if he is still alive.

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06/22/2015 9:21 AM

Wow, great photo! That one is probably lucky to have lived that long with a lack of camouflage.

The deer eat a lot of our plants. Over the winter they nibbled on a lot of the decorative shrubs because the snow was so deep. They also mowed down a small apple tree. This summer they ate all the strawberry plants and berries. They have been eyeing the raspberries, so I bought some lavender plants to put in. They are supposed to deter deer.

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06/22/2015 9:24 AM

Nope! This round of photos were taken before the breakout. I just checked the camera yesterday. The only new photos were of a deer's ear and the top of its head, so I moved the camera back about 6 feet.

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06/22/2015 8:20 AM

Upstate NY is the only place i have seen herds of deer. We have a house N of Fishkill and the mountains are something else as far as beauty and wildlife.

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We have way too many deer here in the Pennsylvania Poconos. I've never seen an albino or leucistic deer, although we do have piebalds. I'd also love to have a camera setup like this, especially to catch the nocturnals -- skunks, foxes, the occasional escaped convict or fugitive...

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Give it a try, Sue! There are lots of cameras out there. This one was less than $70; I already had batteries and an SD card for it.

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I am definitely gonna attempt this. Thanks for the idea and encouragement, Savvy! <Now, if I can only keep those pesky squirrels away from the camera.....>

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Maybe the convicts are wearing deer suits?

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Here in Lubbock, we are sort of plagued by both Red foxes, grey desert foxes, and two-legged foxes. They all may be seen anywhere in town, and especially at Jones AT&T Stadium during NCAA ( I almost sleepily put NAACP) broadcasts of the Red Raiders football games.

Two separate families of foxes seems to have taken up residence one house over and across the street (lady moved out about a year ago for a major clean-out and remodel of the hoarded place). One family is gray fox other is red. They are definitely predators to cats, small dogs, etc. And...they have a high percentage of carrying rabies, but animal control seems hopeless, feckless, and impotent to either catch, kill, or transport them out.

Our home plan is to install a game camera (or maybe one of those motion sensor ones that emits a shrill alarm when animals trip it) in the front yard. I plan a replica of a 0.303 gattling gun ( as used on light helicopters) to scare away other predators. Have not figured how to make the tracers work on it without it actually firing rounds, though, so this is one is still on the drawing boards (K-Mart ads from the local paper).

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There are lots of herds in my area. Earlier this spring I saw a group of 13 or so grazing in a field. I think this is an ideal area for them because of the varied habitats... hay fields, corn fields, woods, and streams.

If you feed them you can get even larger groups. We don't feed them, at least not intentionally!

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I've found the ideal place for deer is a grassy area next to the woods (I think it's called a glade), where they can graze in the open and dash into the woods if danger shows up. A good place is the right-of-way for oil or gas pipelines or power lines.

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06/22/2015 4:35 PM

Around here that grassy area is beside the road or someones front yard. The county census 2009 on deer was 95 per square mile. I see small herds of 13 on the way to work almost everyday. Had one come across the road in front of me the other evening. It stopped and looked back. So I stopped. Out comes a fawn. They don't do asphalt very well slipping and sliding. The fawn had to stop to get its footing. Wish I had the camera ready it was a pretty comical site.

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06/22/2015 9:07 PM

For a while, we had twin fawns. The parents would bring them to our yard and then leave them to fend on their own for a few hours. Mom and Dad were just over the hill.

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06/22/2015 11:51 AM

I see four photos. Two with deer, and two with nothing I can make out except foliage. The guy must have really good camo.

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06/22/2015 12:23 PM

There's a roundish black blob in the third photo - that's a turtle.

There's a squirrel standing on a branch beneath the leaf in the fourth photo.

The guy isn't shown. Although he was trespassing, it feels weird to post his photo online.

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So the camera sensed the turtle and squirrel? Amazing sensitivity and depth of field.

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No, I think it sensed the leaf that's also shown in the photos. I had more than 2,500 photos of that leaf! I think the smaller animals happened to be in the background in those instances.

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So thats the leaf automatic to capture smaller animals that otherwise would not trigger the movement sensor.

I guess a turtle is too slow after all. . . .

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