Saturday, December 6, 2014

American Woodcock stroll-video

The video setup was designed to capture large mammals, however I was most amused by the American Woodcock that strolled across the bottom of the screen. There is a certain flamboyance to it's walk as it picked its way through the short grasses on one particularly dark October night. Video is best viewed full screen and by selecting HD 1080 in the bottom right under the settings wheel.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Moose Selfie

 A curious moose photographed in April in northern N.H. While the moose is one of the largest animals in the woods, it's fate often is determined by one of the smallest, the winter tick. Yearling moose in particular face extreme pressure and mortality from winter ticks. Moose are not as effective at grooming as deer and often rub the hair off the chest and shoulder areas where they cannot reach. Excessive rubbing and grooming exposes white broken hair shafts which why many also call them "ghost moose". This particular moose was looking pretty good after a long winter.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

N.H. Winter Coyote

        A winter coyote looking for food during the 2014 winter in Success N.H. Despite the bad press some people give them, in my mind the eastern coyote (coywolf) is one of the most amazing and respectable animals-and one of the hardest to photograph. When it comes to being successful and filling a void in the eastern U.S.-they certainly take the cake.
      This set of pictures is only a few of many, but the coyote has that look in his eye-a wild look I would expect to see if I curled up on the open ground in nothing but a sleeping bag but had that nagging sensation like I was being watched. Poking my head out I can imagine seeing this face staring to me that is questioning the difference between a threat and a potential meal. Lucky for me, the camera I built was designed for a long deployment. Set on September 22nd 2013, it was still taking pictures on June 4th 2014 when I checked it.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Suprise in the muskrat hole

The last couple months I've been building wildlife camera systems like it's going out of style. This has left little time for filming but I finally managed to get a video set out last week. This is a combination of five clips from an HD system I built. The plan was to film muskrats coming out of the ice(based on tracks). As usual...there's always a surprise when dealing with wildlife and I'll have to adjust my video set accordingly. It's worth changing the settings to view in HD (1080p) and volume on high: