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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...

Friday, 30 May 2014

Converting a Camera to Infrared Nightvison

I have had an old kodak compact digital camera siting around for a while now. It didn't work very well as it would eat batteries which meant it would last about 3 minutes at best. I had seen online that you could remove the infra-red filter from a camera and it would work as a night vision camera if used with an infra-red light source. I was skeptical about this but since the camera was useless in the cupboard my father and I decided to give it a go. The process was rather straightforward considering we just did what we though we should and didn't follow a guide. The infra-red filter was a small plastic square. This out we reassembled the camera, cleaning some of the insides as we went. We got some batteries and tried it out. Everything was different colour since it was picking up the infra-red spectrum. Also amazingly it was no longer eating batteries but the screen would flicker at times and the focus wasn't working well. 

We waited until night fell and headed outside. I have a night vision scope with a small infrared light on it. We used this as our test light source. Incredibly it worked as you can see below. Its not great, yet. We need to get a better light source to make it better. I have ordered some infrared LED bulbs to make a light for this. As you can see it works but needs some improvements. Also for some reason it wont take photos at night.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Fox Cub

Last night I had my camera trap up at the end of the garden and left some chicken scraps out. We have been having 3 regular foxes coming lately. Socks, has black socks, a white patch on his back and a scar on his face. Limpy has a limp and Ear has a broken ear. Last night a new fox came. This one was definitely a new one since it was a cub! It was alone so I wonder if the den is nearby. Hopefully I will see more of him soon.

Walking up

Having a snack

Off he trots

Saturday, 10 May 2014

The Island of Improbable Doom

Ok so this post is not about wildlife or nature but it is about books which are another of my passions. My uncle has published his first book on kindle. I have read it and enjoyed it. Its a comedy fantasy book, think lord of the rings meets monty python. I thought I would let people know about this so if you are interested and have a kindle check it out (The Island of Improbable Doom Link)