|Six hours after we left, Showtl made its first appearance.|
What a difference a month can make during the growing season.
We bumbled about looking for the underground cams.
Alders in full leaf and knee-high grass covered the landmarks we expected, and we fell back on the GPS and Audrey's cognitive map to find the underground cameras.
But showtl didn't let us down.
Our rodent made almost daily appearances, which means the site was probably located near its nest.
Only 21% of 281 exposures however contained animals. The rest were blank images.
Normally we'd blame this on moving vegetation and phantom puffs of hot air which the infra-red sensor can't distinguish from animals, but this doesn't explain false exposures in the showtl's cool burrow.
It is more likely the rodent was zipping back and forth, and the camera was often too slow to get pictures of it.
Despite false exposures, we still got 57 images of our quarry, and what you see here are the best.
What you don't see are the two predators lurking in the tunnel.
They're coming soon.