TRAIL CAM TECHNOLOGY
When you use these cameras you must
understand placement very well, and this means that
the better you understand placement the better your
results will be.
I recently gave a predator calling course outside
Bethlehem, and TRAIL CAMS was one item discussed and
USED. We made a set at a suspected jackal den, (we
know if he thinks humans visited the hole they will
move the pups, BUT he either is in the hole or outside
and if not will return once, and if he then suspects
something he will be on camera, so either way we get a
We set the camera
( this was a course
and all students needed to see how the camera was set,
so many people at a jackal hole, a bakkie and touching
all over the place isn’t a good idea)
But we set the camera to demonstrate how it is done.
At this set we got 3 photos, see
the times. This means we made a good set with
a good angle for pictures and selected a busy place
So, this told us the area is unused by
predators at this time with pups.
3 Porcupines- mommy and two little
ones, note time, date & temp.
Mr Rabbit came to say hullo at 7-00 in
the morning and we have about 9 photos of him - he
stayed at this hole till 7-02 eating etc before he
moved on. This tells you also that the hole is totally
FREE of any predator.
At 12-45 these fowl showed up and
decided that PILCHARDS taste real good, I used a tin
of smelly pilchards at this hole to keep any animal
around longer to get photos, these fowl stayed here
for 3 minutes.
By studying a trail cam’s photos will
tell you many things, and if a rabbit or bird is
around a suspected den for so long that tells you the
hole is dead and predator free. By placing a bait
station down in the correct spot will get you photos
dead centre most times.
I am sorry that I place my website
address across some pictures; the reason is some
people steal photos on the internet to use for own
gain, so this prevents it.
ANOTHER SPOT // CROSS ROADS
This photo below is of a young black
backed jackal, it came from the right at about 18m
away, and the camera gave us 3 photos, one from the
front, another from the side at also about 15m and
this one 8 m away. It is standing at an acute angle
looking straight at the camera, we enhanced the
quality of this photo and you can see the head, Giles
and big ears easily. NOTE the time, just at dusk.
I have not edited this picture here
What happened here was the horizon was
light still, but the ground was dark, so although it
was darkish the camera was confused and never fired,
if it had 5 minutes difference the infra red flash
would have fired.
If you look carefully before this photo is worked on
and edited you can see his ears, head and legs.
I will put the edited
photo in PHOTOS for viewing. It is best viewed
on computer in this state in total darkness in a room
as seen below.
REMEMBER this ;
If you set a camera with a bait station ( a food smell
so a passer by will stop and smell, this will give a
camera more time to fire). BUT if the animal is 150m
away it will pass the camera and you won’t know he was
around so you need to lure him in…..
By this I mean place an attractant, an appealing
sound, of a birdie that is tweeting and tweeting at a
low pitch, a sound that can travel about 100m at
These are 2cm thick, 10 cm long and 6cm
wide. They run on 4 AAA battery’s and a set of
battery’s will last 6 months – as it draws hardly any
current at all.
Here is a very cool unit, an
Expedite electronic caller, it has a standard
tweety bird sound and chirps on and off once switched
on. See them on my site under PROMOTIONAL.
PLACEMENT OF ALLURING BIRD CHIRPER
I put this electronic bird chirper
smack dead centre at an angle of the camera
under a few small twigs and small bush or reeds etc,
so the animal must move around near that station and
it will cause the camera to flash.
See this photo just right of the
is the chirper under a few reeds and leaves. See how
the two birds got attracted to the sound; they are
standing next to the caller.
time they are walking around! Distance to
camera from bait spot is 4m. These poor birds must
wonder what the heck is going on! Thinking that their
cousin is chirping away but they can’t see him!
BIRD CHIRPER UNDER REEDS AND GRASS JUST
RIGHT OF THE
After you get used to Trail Cams they
are amazing to use, it will give you tons of
information about your farm, I love to set the
cameras, on a course also – the guys in the morning
jump off the bakkie and run to the camera and look at
the screen as they want to see how many pictures we
have. The two days we set up here we had 12 pictures
the first morning and 17 the next, you can view them
in the field or take out the memory card and view it
at another place.
A link to that chirper bird sound;