May 2012 Archives

Porcupine Invasion!

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Well, this week brought about a new visitor to three of my camera locations. He waddled in to each location inspecting a mineral stump and two drumming logs. He had a special interest in the ruffed grouse turds deposited on the logs. (Taken with an S600.)

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A first ever for me, in over six years of monitoring drumming logs! I actually had more than one ruffed grouse in a frame on a couple of different occasions! In this image, you can see a red-phase (likely a female) and a gray-phase (the male) on the same log. In another series of images another gray-phase visited the same log. I also included a rare picture of this drummer vocalizing. (Taken with an S600.)

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Another drumming log, manned with a W200, produced some hi-res., 12mp images of a drummer in a unique pose.

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The assigned, water-duty to my FS7s has continued, and has been producing amazing results. The goslings continue to visit the beaver landing and a great blue heron posed very nicely at the pond location.

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And finally, after a year or more, I decided to place a camera at the swamp crossing. In years past, this location has produced with scores of calendar-quality images and it didn't disappoint this past week., turning out a fisher, pine marten and a young black bear. (Taken with an S600.)

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An Unexpected Visitor

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The drumming logs are still going strong. I was set up on 5 different logs, but one didn't produce. I moved that camera to a more suitable location up on a high ridge along a trail. The drummer on log 2 attracted an unwelcome guest and my camera caught the brief meeting in one single still-shot.

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Log 5 is manned by a W200 (12mp) along with a Viv. 2000 slave flash. A gray-phase drummer stood on the stage at this location and produced some very high-resolution results. A passing flying squirrel also stopped for a photo-op.

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Log 4 was also active, I moved the camera last week from perpendicular to the log to at about a 30 degree angle to the log using one of my homemade stands. It produced some stunning profile shots. This one caught my eye with the colorful western sky in the background.

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I've been monitoring my father's land with 4 cameras for turkeys. So far, just a hen or two has shown up and the late season hunt is looking grim. It looks even more grim when I keep getting these on camera. This shot is with a W7 IR.

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One of my two commercial cameras (won one in a contest, other was given to me) caught this image of a buck with his progress in producing a rack.

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Finally, the beaver landing manned with a FS7 is still a busy place. The beaver, of course, is a common subject, but the latest addition to the roster is the freshly hatched goslings.

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Another Busy Week!

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My brother and I paid a visit to our adjoining properties. I toted along my Garmin Etrex Vista C (great little GPS unit) and marked all four of his corners. One of them was a nasty hike into a deep, thick swamp. Got a good workout and all four corners of his section are now marked within 3 feet of accuracy. As a return favor, he assisted me in raking my two woodland food plots. I then killed them off with Round Up, prepping them for planting with some Frigid Forage in the coming week or two.

Anyway, checked my cams and here are some of the latest images. The first is a perfect, crystal clear image of a Beaver out at the beaver landing. The second is a picture of the Otter family surfacing, both taken with a Panasonic FS7.

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The drumming logs have been very busy as the males frantically try to attract the females for mating. I now am set up on 5 different drumming logs. I've set the cameras at various angles and the images have been incredible as you can see. Taken with Sony S600s.

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In addition to the still images of the drumming Ruffed Grouse, I set a Sony W200 with an external P32 Microphone on Movie Mode with the Yeti board set to 20 sec. clips aimed at a fallen birch atop a high glacial ridge. I captured 53 video clips of the grouse doing his thing. Here is a 1 minute 14 second movie of some of the action.

Finally, I have another Sony W200 accompanied by a Vivitar 2600 slave flash monitoring one of the other drumming logs. I captured a few images of the Ruffy, but also caught this High Resolution image of the bird known for signaling when spring arrives, a Robin.

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