Trail Camera update 2017/03/31

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted any material from the trail cam. The main reason is that, apart from the occasional technical glitch, battery failure or human error, it’s mostly been more of the same. Not that we should get complacent about the wildlife in Oakley Wood – be reassured that in the four months or so since the last posting there’s still lots about, but perhaps not as much during the winter.

There are a few things I’ve noticed during this period:
(a) deer and fox are never seen during daylight hours, unlike in the lighter months
(b) roe deer seem scarcer during the winter but now they’ve more often sighted
(c) muntjac are ubiquitous – they are always around and there are identifiably different bucks. Apparently they don’t have a particular breeding season unlike other deer, so young can be seen at any time

Anyway, here is a composition of some of the captured clips, including muntjac sparring (not seriously I think), a squirrel collecting for its drey, close-ups of roe deer, some muntjac families, and the odd bird or three. In the last clip I wondered if the muntjac looked as if it was about to give birth.

If I didn’t mention if before, the timestamps on the images are not always accurate – there’s obviously some sort of bug in the camera’s clock.

When I went to create this update on the website I discovered that I’d never created a post for the previous video I created back in November. It’s a short one – perhaps I decided it wasn’t interesting enough. Anyway, it’s here:

4 thoughts on “Trail Camera update 2017/03/31”

  1. Thanks Chris .it doesn’t matter to me if the animals are the ones we see regularly I still love to see their hidden world.

  2. Chris, Thank you. The videos are just great. It is fantastic to see the animals in the wood . We share it with them but never see them so it is so good to witness the other users. Great work!

  3. Wow, a fabulous selection of wildlife. Many of the muntjac seem to look directly at the camera as if they know we’re watching! Thank you Chris for the many hours it must take you to go through the footage and edit for our enjoyment.

  4. Hi Susan – the night time illumination is provided by infra-red LEDs that glow red slightly. The animals can obviously see this and makes some of them a bit edgy.

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