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!
Wildlife accident awareness campaign for drivers in Australia.
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Tips on reducing animal collisions.
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Welcome to the May/June edition of Australian Wildlife Secrets. This issue is our twelfth to date and it marks the end of our second year! And we are excited that this is also our first direct-to-digital edition — our early birthday present to you.
The digital edition is available for computers, tablet devices such as the iPad, and smart phones, so you can read our fabulous wildlife articles anywhere, anytime! The digital version is fantastic value and can be downloaded either from the Apple iTunes store, if you are an iPhone/iPad user, or from ilovemagazines.com.au if you would like to enjoy the magazine across all devices, including PC and iPad.
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Our print edition is still, of course, conveniently delivered direct to your door if you are a subscriber and available at all good newsagents. And speaking of subscriptions, we have a brand new competition only for our print/digital subscribers. For your chance to join a fantastic seven-day expedition in Northern Queensland, working alongside the scientists from EarthWatch, all you need to be is a subscriber (new or existing) by 30 June 2013. See page 22 for details on how to enter.
In this issue we look at some of the amazing animals that survive in the harsh, white world of Antarctica. John Cooper takes us inside his incredibly built tower to peek at a family of kestrels. And we bet you haven’t had a chimpanzee climb unexpectedly into your arms — well Fiona Mikowski did and tells about all about her amazing experiences at Ape Action Africa. There’s also some fun Secret Sightings, like romantic Green Tree frogs, plus the O’Mahoneys snap some busy creatures in their Secret Shutterbugs feature. (continue reading…)
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.
Get ready to scroll, pinch and zoom in on your favourite animals! Wildlife Secrets now brings all the news and features across the wildlife globe right to your computers, tablets and smart phones. This issue will be released digitally and our readers will soon be able to subscribe to the digital edition as well as the print edition. Our digital apps will be ready sometime in May and will allow people to download the current edition and past editions, as well as select from multiple subscription offerings. Stay tuned by following us on Facebook or the Wildlife Secrets Blog.
Our cover this month: Humpback whale breaches near Merimbula, NSW. Image: Wayne Reynolds
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In Central Victoria our creekbeds are dry – and then after a day’s rain – perfect for tracks! Pictured here are the heavy, flat-footed tracks of the Common or Bare-nosed Wombat. They have a distinctive, pigeon-toed gait, and you can clearly see their digging claws. Sometimes the hind-foot track overlaps that of the front-foot track, creating a large composite footprint – is it bigfoot? A yowie!? No – a Wombat! (continue reading…)