I love those scenes in nature documentaries where they deploy a remote camera, and the local wildlife takes an interest in it so you get wonderful close-up shots of inquisitive animals. A while ago my wife persuaded me that we should get one to use in the small copse of trees next to our house.
There’s certainly plenty of evidence of night-time activity because the local wildlife population has succeeded in producing several clearly defined pathways through the trees. No doubt, in part, it's down to the selection of foxes that come to visit every evening, helping to dispose of leftovers from the kitchen and the food that some days our two fine-mouth-hungry cats decline to even sniff.
However, we’ve also heard interesting night-time rumblings and cries from what we assumed were badgers, plus occasional visits from a bad-tempered squirrel that chases the cats and steals the birds’ sunflower hearts from the feeder. There’s even been several reports locally of a large black cat-like creature that may have escaped from captivity, though this is probably an urban myth that you hear in every area of the country. But you never know!
So, after a few months, did we catch any views of the passing wildlife? Here’s a selection of the results:
OK, so it’s not as dramatic as those people who put pictures on their blog of bears scavenging from their dustbin, or roe deer eating their geraniums, but it’s nice to know that we do get a regular procession of wildlife passing through. Even if most of it is ours and all the neighbors’ cats.
The camera is a ScoutGuard 550, which captures images at 5 Megapixels and can also do video. The only downside is that, at night, it takes a couple of seconds to switch on the infrared LEDs and take a picture when it detects motion, so you do get a lot of pictures of tails...