Sunday, September 28, 2014

Upper End, Section #14

I'm including this first photo so that you can see what this section looks like in the daytime. Around the bend there is one more rise and we will have reached the highest point on the path.

Remember how I explained that this camera is set to take 2 rapid-fire photos when it's triggered by motion?  Here are a couple of sets of pics that illustrate how much can change in just a second or two.

If you look closely at the first one, you might think that this deer has some extra back feet. The second photo, snapped just a second later, explains why.

You should also know that trail cams are awakened from an energy-conserving state by motion, but that there is a delay between the time a cam detects motion and the time it snaps the first photo. The length of that delay is one of the features that separates cheaper cameras from better ones. If, for example, a deer runs by a trail cam, it may be out of range by the time the camera awakens and snaps the photo. In the first photo below, the camera snapped a photo but there are no animals to be seen.

That's not always a bad thing, though. While you may miss what was running by, the camera snaps another pic a second later. Sometimes you get lucky and see why the missed critter was running!

Is this another coyote?

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