Sunday, March 11, 2012


Two weeks ago I set a trail camera out at Shanahan's Mountain for a test. My plan was to leave it there a few days on what looked to be well worn animal trails. Unfortunately as Canberra residents know we have been inundated with rain the past few weeks causing the closure of the Territory's mountain roads.

This was no real problem as the Camera is weatherproof and can run for up to six months off 8 AA batteries. The camera was set to take two photos in quick succession followed by 10 seconds of video and then the camera resets after 1 minute. This really was a test as I've never operated one before.

Someone asked me the other day if I was concerned about somebody finding and stealing the camera. I had a bit of a chuckle because I didn't know really after two weeks if I could find it again myself. The unit is small, it fits in my hand so it would be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Also I'm confident that there are not many walkers who will stray off the walking track to find it by chance anyway.

The results... all up there were over 40 activations but the results showed a few birds and a red necked wallaby who hung around a while during one daytime. There was only one activation at night but I can't see what did it in the video. The clip is included in the video below and you may see something I can't.

I can only assume the weather played a big part in the exercise. With hundreds of millimetres of rain I imagine most self respecting marsupials would be hunkered down for the duration...