Using a motion sensor camera is a great way to get an intimate look at wildlife in your local area. With a trail camera you can observe animals in their natural environment, including shy or nocturnal species that you might rarely catch sight of with your own eyes.
Most trail cameras have an infrared flash to take images at night without disturbing animals and can be set to take single or multiple images or record video whenever the motion sensor is triggered. I have been using a mid-range camera for the last year and have found the following points will help improve the quality and quantity of the images you take.
Choosing a location
This is the most important decision you will make when setting up your camera. Water sources are always a good place to start and it is easy to have a quick look along the muddy edges for tracks that will give you a clue as to what species are in the area and how often the water source is used. Try to avoid areas where livestock congregate as a mob of cattle milling about can fill up your memory card pretty quickly!
In this issue we dive into the ocean depths. Every year those most enigmatic of animals, whales, traverse our oceans, often coming close enough to shore for us to view. Described as the ‘greatest wildlife show on earth’, the inevitable network of boats that races out to meet them is no longer doing so with harpoons, thankfully, but with cameras and binoculars! In this special we look at the top spots to see whales around the country.
Further afield, Tony Holland takes us on a classic African safari – to an exotic location where you will find a dramatic world of animals only seen in Australia in the zoo. In the wilds of Africa, in particular at the Maasai Mara reserve, the savagery and wonders of life are played out in our Secret Places special.
And back home Maggie Harriman tells us about the plight of a female Wedge-tailed Eagle that needed to be separated from her nest and brood due to a serious injury.
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Our cover this month: Humpback whale breaches near Merimbula, NSW. Image: Wayne Reynolds
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In the spring season of 2012 we were at the Little Desert National Park. While walking along a track, we came across a nest at just above waist height in a native shrub. A small finch like bird flew off as we walked past. We took this picture but were not able to view the bird later and did not want to disturb the nest again.
Any birdos out there that can ID this nest?
Hi I was flicking through the magazine last night while feeding my baby wombat when I came across your article on the Scarlet Honeyeater.
During the hot weather we had a couple of weeks ago I had the sprinkler running all day so the little birds could try to cool down, one little bird that I had never seen stayed under the water most of the day, I had no idea that a lot of the birds were as there were at least 100 different species most I had never seen on my property. I took a photo of this little guy and could not identify him until I saw him in the Wildlife Secrets magazine, I live south of Nowra on the South Coast
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The Gulf Snapping Turtle
Isolated and under threat, researchers in Queensland are working hard to give these charming turtles, which can be traced back to prehistory, a chance at survival. The extraordinary efforts being done are inspirational and this is a truly uplifting story.
Secrets of the Mallee
When you drive by scrubby bushland in semi-arid areas of Australia, do you ever stop to explore further? You’d be surprised by what is contained within the mallee. Simon Watharow and Steve Cook dive in among the bushes and discover a whole host of intriguing wildlife and surprising habitats.
Smash and Grab, bam, Splat and bluey
‘Hoot, hoot’ . . . or should we say ‘who, who’? Frank Harrison set up his hide to watch and photograph a couple of Barking owls make their nest to rear some chicks. He got an amazing surprise as one by one little heads popped up out of the hollow, and his images are just stunning.
Hidden tropical wonders
Parts of the Atherton Tablelands in far north Queensland are well known, but look a little further and you’ll find incredible and diverse wildlife scattered in stunning landscapes all over the plateau.