Friday, 3 October 2014

The return of the fox

After the success of the fox photo from a few nights ago I have been trying to take more, using a Waitrose dog's dinner as bait - we have pretty posh foxes round here.  The first night the fox took the bait but didn't trigger the camera.  The second night I set two cameras but the fox didn't turn up.  Last night the fox returned and both cameras fired.  The colour photos are taken with a Wingscapes BirdCam 2.0 which has worked pretty well in the past and is OK here. Despite the fox digging around in the leaves for a while, the new Bushnell NatureView Cam HD Max managed only one infra red picture of the fox, although it did later taken 20 or so of the hedgehog.  The Bushnell has been pretty disappointing so far, with underexposed fairly low quality colour photos in the daytime (which is why I haven't posted any) and this is the best it can manage at night.  It does seem better at video, as on previous posts, although I still have the problem that the iMac can't recognise any of my video formats - this should be resolved by new software in the near future.  I'll keep trying with both trail cams and post any good daytime or night time photos or videos.

The eyeshine in both types of photo results from reflection from the tapetum lucidum, an iridescent reflective tissue immediately behind the retina which enhances night vision.

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