Friday, September 17, 2010

Backyard Trail Camera

If you've ever wondered what goes on in your backyard while you're asleep, you really should think about getting a trail camera! They've really come down in price -- you can generally find some pretty good ones for less than $100 (watch for sales at your local sporting goods store). Most all of them are digital now and most even capture video. We know the deer are in our backyard, but they usually show up after we've gone to bed. Mr. Johnson decided to put one of his trail cameras out in the backyard where the deer feeders are and here are some "action shots" from this past Wednesday night. We had some bad storms and heavy rain that night, so I didn't even fill the corn tray, figuring the weather would deter the deer from showing up. Obviously it didn't. In this first shot, you can see the raindrops reflected in the flash. I think these two are our neighborhood twins. The closer blue tray contains acorns and the far tray contains just a few remaining kernels of corn from the previous nite. Time stamps are on the bottom of each photo.

Twins have left and now another small doe stops by for a snack.

This last one is my favorite! Baby gets a kiss from mom! Unfortunately, they were so close to the camera and its super-bright flash, but it's still cute and you can see baby's whiskers even.

Trail camera......never too early to start hinting for Christmas gifts!


Anonymous said...

There are still plenty of acorns (coconuts) at my place. Feel free to pick up more!!
Your Sissy

RuthieJ said...

Thanks Sissy. I'll send Mr. Johnson down with his rake and buckets!

eileeninmd said...

Very cool photos, I would love to have one of these cameras set up to catch the birds at my feeders. Great idea for a present to myself, right?

Gaelyn said...

Such a fun toy. I really like that last shot.

Jayne said...

That's just so cool Ruthie! I love seeing the nighttime goings on in your yard.

Judy DeBoer said...

Ruthie -
Have been emailing a bit with David. Thinking of you all!

Taos Sunflower said...

What a great it infrared???

KGMom said...

Well, yes, I could start hinting--but the hint would also have to include a trail to have the camera set up in...

Meggie said...

Sweet photos, Ruthie!

RuthieJ said...

Hi Eileen,
It would be a great present to yourself! I've got another post planned for one day this week showing what the camera captured in the daytime (lots of birds!), so you'll want to check back here in a couple days.

Thanks Gaelyn, that's my favorite too!

Thanks Jayne, it's always fun to bring that memory card in each morning to see what's shown up overnight.

Thank you Judy. We had a nice weekend with all of the family together. I think Mom and Dad really enjoyed it too.

Hi Martie,
They do have infrared trail cameras, but this one isn't. Infrared cameras have gotten much more affordable too.

No trail needed Donna -- you might be surprised to see what shows up at your backyard bird feeders during the night!

Thanks Meggie. I bet you would have similar sightings in your night-time backyard too!