Before we headed north, I was in a local supermarket (the one with all the useful tools down the central aisle, between the fruit juice and the toilet rolls) and saw a “camera trap” for not very much money. It had “Chris’s New Toy” written all over it.
I was thinking of using it in the garden, or out on the hill to catch some red deer.
However, one day I’m sitting on a rocky crag overlooking the sea, and I noticed a little path heading straight towards the water, via a near vertical muddy patch. Putting two and two together, I realised it was an otter run, and it was used very regularly.
I had no experience of how animals might react to new technology and the strange smell, but took a chance and put the camera right next to the top of the mud slide. If the otter (if indeed it was one) didn’t like it, there was plenty of choice to avoid it.
No need to worry; it had a sniff and totally ignored the little grey box.
It was a very close sniff……
Since this first outing, I’ve moved the camera around a bit. It’s been in several places near to the shore, in a woodland, in a chicken run and on top of a hill.
In case you’re noticing the recorded time is a bit odd….. I didn’t always remember to set the clock when I changed the batteries.
The experience wasn’t without challenges. Changing memory cards often causes an inconvenient rain shower. Moving it to a new site usually heralds gales and torrential rain. It’s been “flooded” a few times, despite being described as waterproof, and I don’t put it out these days without greasing all the joints. Hmmm; might try that myself.
A few months ago, a friend borrowed it for a few weeks, and I haven’t used it since then.
Until today. Imagine my surprise when I discovered photos still on it, and it turns out to be a very rare organism.
Not only that, but clearly inquisitive.
I might even send the pictures to experts.