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Three Foxes (A Camera Trap Post)

So here is a post based on what the blog is named after, a camera trap in Cornwall. I had a lot of chicken pieces left over from dinner and...

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Ulovane Field Guide Video

In a previous post I mentioned I was going to train to become a field guide in South Africa with Ulovane. Below is a video of the course that I will be studying with. It looks great.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

New Look

Well I am till trying to sort my camera trap out. The company who supplied me said the could do nothing so passed me onto the manufacturer. These have emailed asking what the problem is and are very slow with responding. Hopefully something will be sorted soon.

In the meantime I have decided to update the look of the site. It appears, hopefully, easier to use and navigate.

Hope you like it, any comments on the look would be appreciated.


Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Feed the Birds

With the camera not in operation I thought I would show you the feeding station we have for our daytime visitors. You have seen a lot of the night time regulars but little of the day ones. In the garden is a feeding station with multiple feeders and a water bowl.

Feeding station

We usually feed them peanuts but recently also purchased a seed feeder which has become a hit. Yesterday to attract even more a niger seed feeder and food was bought. Each seed attracts its own species. The peanuts are the most popular attracting blue and great tits, long tailed tits coal and marsh tits, house sparrows, greater spotted woodpecker, nuthatch and sometime magpies, starlings and squirrels. The seed feeder attracts chaffinches and bullfinches, robins, hedge sparrows starlings and the tits.

Left to right: peanut feeders and peanuts, niger feeder and niger seed, seed feeder and seed.

 The new niger seed is a favourite of goldfinches. Non have been yet but hopefully they will come. The ground feeders such as blackbirds hedge sparrow and robin feed off any food that falls to the floor and fruit we put out. This activity at times also attracts a sparrowhawk who appears so unexpected that I have yet to get a photo of him. By far the most unusual bird has got to be a water rail who is such a secretive water bird that it was a bit of a surprise for one to turn up here in the open.

As soon as the feeders are up the birds appear. Here 3 blue tits.

Of course we also have the barn owl at times and all our night visitors.

*(Picture quality is not too good on this post as all images where shot by my phone)


Saturday, 18 February 2012

Problems With the Camera

There hasn't really been any camera trap posts here for a while and with good reason. My camera is playing up. The camera keeps false triggering and eats up the memory or batteries in a single night. I tried the camera indoors to check an area I knew there was no movement but still it false triggered. I have contacted the suppliers and hopefully they will be able to sort the problem out.

If the problem cannot be resolved I am going to sell my canon eos 450d on ebay to raise some money for a new trap.

So don't worry there will be more camera trap posts soon. It may just be a while.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Poole Foxes

As promised in my last post this one is about the Poole foxes. A quick note first off about my camera trap. I may have a fault with it as last night it captured over 800 videos. It did this in South Africa last month and I put this down to the heat. Here it may be the wind. I am charging the batteries and am going to test the camera inside where there is no wind. I will filter through the 800 and post anything I find here. Now onto the foxes.

1 fox, 2 camera flashes

We had a lot of food saved up for the foxes (or rabbits as my aunty calls them even though she knows full well what they are). We took the food down to a spot where we know they congregate. The foxes where everywhere. 

Long exposure of a running fox

It was a cold night and the foxes seemed glad of the extra meal. They came at first shyly and in small numbers. After a while many came and they got used to our presence in the car. They even became used to the flash.

A friendly healthy fox

A fox so relaxed it even took a lie down

Its breeding season for the foxes here now. We could hear them running after each other in the trees and barking. It was nice to see so many and in good condition especially compared to all our unhealthy cornish foxes.


Since there where so many I experimented with the camera settings. I got some nice shots I think. In the end my fingers where like ice and I couldn't feel them. I could have stayed all night with the amount of foxes but everyone in the car was cold too so we called it a night.

Experimenting with the settings.

Anyway I will see what I can do to the camera trap and let you know what happens.


Sunday, 12 February 2012

Videos From the Cape

My Aunty and Uncle have just got back from a visit to South Africa. They took with them my camera trap and set it up in the garden to see if they have any nocturnal visitors like we do here in Cornwall. Well they captured some thing.

Last week we went to Poole to see them. They gave me my camera trap (as well as 12 cans of fanta grape and some biltong!) and i sat down to check the videos. Surprisingly the memory card was full. But there was a problem. The cameras sensitivity was too high and as mine works on heat as well as movement the hot concrete set the camera off until the card was full. Nether the less I checked through nearly 900 videos. Below is the first video captured by my camera trap in South Africa.

It is unfortunately a moth and nothing more but a start. 

Other than the moth we did have 2 more visitors. A swarm of flies and a cat. 

The cat looks like the cat who we sometimes see here in Cornwall named Barney. This one then we have christened Langebaarney. The camera was set up in the west coast town of Langebaan incase you wondered where the name came from. 

This next film shows an odd swarm of flies. It is not a dust storm or rain as I first thought. You can see at times the individuals and also the swarm at times stays still, rises and also changes direction. The ground also showed no signs of sand or rain.  Its an odd one.

That is all that was captured unfortuanelty. However in a few months I am off to South Africa for 6 months and will take the camera with me. Stay tuned for that. While in Poole I also got some nice photos of the foxes. More of that in the next post.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Ulovane Field Guide Course

I have just had my confirmation from Ulovane environmental training to say that I have been accepted on their field guide course. This means I can now train to become a field guide in South Africa.

I go on 8th October this year which is a long wait especially as i'm so excited. Good news is I don't have to wait to go to South Africa. Around the start of July I will be going to Blue Hill Escape to do some volunteering. Check out the website here (Link)

Also check out the Ulovane site here (Link).

In other news I am going to get my camera trap back next week so if anything has been snapped on its visit to South Africa it will be here next week.