With the help of wild-cameras, hunters, foresters and nature enthusiats can observe animals in their habitant.

Thanks to infrared technology, a wild camera detects a moving, living object in the field of view and even – like a thermal imaging camera – can take pictures of animals at night.

In the following, you will learn exactly what to look out for when setting up the device, and see the results of successful shots in the gallery.

Positioning and setting up the camera trap

With camera traps is the right place where the camera is attached and what is in the field of view of the device is paramount. Good places to attach are smaller trees as well as feeding places. Less suitable are shrubs and very small trees.

It is always important to ensure that the wild camera is protected from theft. The manufacturers usually integrate eyelets through which a bicycle lock or the like can be threaded through.

In the middle of the field of vision should be some food for attracting the animals. However, people should not stay too long in this area, as they provide a scent that often frightens many animals.

But one can run a couple of times in front of the camera to see if the settings are correct and the trigger works. This should, of course, be done in the dark, since only in this way can the contrasts be checked.

Feed lining as bait

An arbitrarily positioned wildlife camera trap will rarely get beautiful objects in front of the lens. However, hunters and foresters can position the camera at feeding points.

Animals such as roe deer are lured in the colder season by the artificial food offer and go into the field of view of the camera.

 

 
 

Camera traps at daytime

With integrated motion sensors and a digital camera for the visual spectrum, wonderful lighting can be achieved with sufficient illumination.

Unfortunately, many wild animals are nocturnal and rather shy during the day. Good times are in the morning and in the evening at dusk.

Pay attention to the orientation of the camera with respect to the course of the sun. Excessive sunshine can cause over-exposure. It is best to place it in the direction of propagation of the sun’s rays.

Sensitivity and object size

The sensitivity of good camera traps is usually high enough. Even small animals, such as birds, can be correctly identified with good adjustment.

Many devices allow a fine calibration of the detector. The sensitivity can then be increased so far that the smallest movements trigger a photograph. On the other hand, it must be avoided that the trigger is triggered incorrectly, otherwise the memory quickly fills with “empty” images.

Maintenance and transfer of the images

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Depending on the design and the activity, of course, the batteries of the camera trap must be changed. A lifetime of a battery pack of a few months with a good adjustment of the camera are nothing unusual.

Expensive and modern cameras can send the images directly via MMS via GSM module. This requires a dedicated SIM card. Also, a slight reduced runtime due to the power consumption during transmission is to be expected. Most of the wildlife camera traps have a SD-slot. A transfer of the recordings can then be done either at home on the PC or even on the spot with a laptop. This must be done at regular intervals, as the SD card can fill quickly and it would be a shame if no new recordings are made due to lack of memory space.

Misuse for object monitoring

Wildlife camera traps can also be misused for monitoring buildings and land. They produce photos of human invaders at night as well as of animal creatures.

An advantage over conventional monitoring and thermal imaging cameras is that a recording is triggered in a targeted manner if a living being moves in front of the lens. Therefore, it is not necessary to scan video material of a video surveillance camera or a thermal imaging camera in case of suspicion. If the wild camera takes serial shots, several images are taken in a short period of time.

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