Remote camera trapping is a fantastic way to discover what happens in the bush when the lights go out. Camera trapping helps us to learn more about the movements of our nocturnal natives as they go about their business completely undisturbed. The remote camera’s we use are only cheapies but they certainly do the trick.
The remote camera is generally fixed to a tree trunk by a draw string so as not to damage the host tree. You may notice in the above picture that we have also used some bark behind the camera to angle it down towards the ground as this is the area where we want to photograph/film.
Once the camera is set up on the tree and turned on all we have to do is sit and wait. The infra-red sensors will do the rest.
Any animal which walks, hops, runs or jumps past the camera will be detected and a picture snapped.
Here is a Swamp Wallaby (Wallabia bicolor) going about his nightly business in western Sydney.
The date, time and temperature are stamped onto the photograph when the picture is taken which provides us with great insight into the movements of this animal.
Movie clips can also be obtained through changing the cameras settings and although the quality is not the best you may be lucky enough to capture some crazy antics or unusual behaviour.
Cute interaction such as this mother and baby Brush-tail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecular) was captured on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
Camera traps are very powerful tools for researchers working in the field and are also great for everyone interested in learning more about what goes on when the lights go out. Happy Snapping! =]