On that subject we discussed before…

Overnight I got six frames of the least spooky coyote I’ve seen so far at the watering station…

At the third frame, the coyote seems to notice the camera. Between 3:32 and 3:34 the coyote comes around to investigate, and between the penultimate and last frames the camera does something he doesn’t like at all. He goes into what looks to me like an all-body crouch just prior to launching, and is seen no more.

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10 Responses to On that subject we discussed before…

  1. Ben says:

    Little does that critter know that it (at least momentarily) lost all privacy and that it’s information is now forever part-and-parcel of the Internet. Sort of like the same thing that will happen to us in our new IP-enabled homes.

  2. Joel says:

    😀 If it doesn’t have anything to hide, it shouldn’t fear surveillance.

  3. MamaLiberty says:

    That’s getting really interesting! I wonder how much those cameras cost. I can almost never get the batteries into my regular camera fast enough to get a picture of things I see in the daytime, and I’ll bet (given the tracks in the snow early this morning) there should be all kinds of neat pictures from critters going through early and late. Have to look into that!

  4. Joel says:

    I did quite a lot of asking around, hoping to get a good game camera the first time. So far it looks like I scored. It’s far from the cheapest on the market but I haven’t suffered any of the big complaints people go on about.

  5. Norm says:

    Still wondering what (or how) the camera’s doing that attracts the critters’ attention so efficiently. The deer obviously know it’s there but don’t seem to care much, the coyote does as well, but as a predator dependent upon stealth for meals, seems more concerned.

  6. Ruth says:

    Many cameras click, just a little bit, when they go off. Some are louder than others, decent ones are pretty damn quiet. But they all seem to do it.

  7. Yep they all click and that seems to really intrigue raccoons as they always put their little grubby hands all over my cameras.

  8. MamaLiberty says:

    I was afraid they’d be too expensive. sigh Just had to replace two of my heaters, so my budget is rather devastated right now. But I know lots of hunters! Maybe one of them has upgraded recently and would give me a bargain. Definitely going to look into this.

  9. UH1H CE says:

    Most nocturnal animals see in light spectrum different from humans. I wonder if they can see the IR flash?

  10. Kentucky says:

    From an earlier thread post by Bear . . .

    “Did some reading on the subject. Deer eyes are sensitive to blue/near UV and yellow, but are virtually blind to red. IR is right out. Their vision is apparently pretty blurry too, being optimized for motion detection rather than detail. I suspect they hear the thing clicking.”

To the stake with the heretic!