Camera Traps

To: "'Peter Shute'" <>, "'Mark Carter'" <>, <>
Subject: Camera Traps
From: "Roger Giller" <>
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2012 10:44:00 +1000
This week's Aldi catalogue has a Tevion Wildlife camera, 5 mp, IR flash for
night, 3 zone motion sensor with "up to" 20 metre trigger range. It says
"Ideal for photos" but the web site includes video clips. This could be
creative advertising!
Only $129, probably not the best quality but may be worth checking out.


-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Shute  
Sent: Sunday, 10 June 2012 7:18 PM
To: Mark Carter; 
Subject: Camera Traps

Can you tell us more about camera traps, Mark? Do you buy them or make them?
More importantly, how do you stop people knocking them off? And if you're
recording video, why not record sound too?

Peter Shute

 On Behalf Of Mark Carter

Sent: Friday, 8 June 2012 5:14 PM
Subject: Camera Traps

Hi Birders,

There was a comment recently about whether camera traps would be of use to
identify Night Parrots. I've used camera traps a fair bit for fauna survey
work purposes and can confirm that they are more than up to the job if used
correctly. Phil Lewis has some awesome footage on YouTube of a variety of
arid-zone species at a small waterhole all shot with a basic camera trap.
Judge the results for yourself:

There is already a lot camera trapping going in in parts of the outback with
consultants, Land Councils and various Parks Services busy deploying them
all over the shop. For various reasons these organisations are often not
open to sharing results so if a Night Parrot eventually gets into a photo
taken this way ordinary Australian birders may well be the last to find out.

I for one would love to see birders making more use of camera trap
technology. If done correctly it is a terrific non-invasive way to
experience the wild in a new way. It is gaining popularity overseas. BBC
Wildlife is currently running a competition just for camera trappers-
wouldn't it be great to see an Australian entrant win. See:

Mark Carter

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