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A secret world of wildlife revealed through the lens

PUBLISHED: 07:38 03 January 2018

Chinese water deer: One of the species Pam Taylor has spotted via her remote wildlife camera.

Chinese water deer: One of the species Pam Taylor has spotted via her remote wildlife camera.

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Nature: Pam Taylor tries her hand at remote camera recording of local birds and animals.

I didn’t realise attending a simple evening talk could be so expensive! To be honest the talk itself was free; it was the purchase it inspired me to make that cost money. The talk was about hidden wildlife as revealed by remote cameras. It was fascinating to see the images captured at sites across north Norfolk by this simple device and I could hardly wait to get some images of my own.

The very next morning I sent off my order and the camera duly arrived just days later. It did take me a further day or two to pluck up the courage to set it up, but it was actually quite easy. I placed the camera out on the edge of some woodland a mile or two from home and eagerly awaited the following morning to retrieve it.

The first results were a little disappointing. Two triggers for no obvious reason, then two more triggers where the initial photo held an image, but the subsequent video was blank. Each of the red deer I’d snapped with the triggering photo had passed so close to the camera they had disappeared from view by the time the video started recording. The final photo was however followed by a video full of animal activity. Initial excitement soon dulled though; it was only my dog who had reached the camera site well ahead of me.

On my second attempt to record the wildlife on the edge of this wood, I repositioned my camera a little further from the path and left it out for two nights. This was a little more successful and I had video of two of the three creatures that triggered the camera. These two were Chinese water deer that were easily identified by their large fluffy ears. Just as well I could see the ears in one case, because I still hadn’t positioned the camera low enough to video the whole beast!

The third video was visually blank, but it was fairly obvious a bird had been the trigger because I could hear it calling from a nearby perch throughout the short film. I’m learning, so maybe when I find the time my future attempts will be more successful.

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