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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

A Hollow Log

I've been scoping out the woods for hollow logs, meaning potential den sites, and the "jonah log" was an irresistible camera trap location.

I wasn't optimistic, because even the light from an infrared LED could dissuade an napper.

On the other hand, Craig and I had a gray fox take a high noon siesta in a cave where the white flash pulsed continuously, and it wasn't bothered in the least.

As you will see (and yes, I expect you to read this BEFORE looking at the video) no one took a nap.

But even so, there was a interesting selection of visitors.


Owlman/riverswindnotes.blogspot.com said...

Congratulations to the Codger man!
wow great results and the Ringtail is like winning the lottery of camera trapping.

Woody Meristem said...

That's a great location, what a variety of critters. Just think of what you'd get if the camera was there for a year.

Camera Trap Codger said...

I'm on the second round with that set now, but the area nearby is scheduled for tree felling which means disappearing cameras if i leave it there. I just quit two other logs that didn't pan out, but I'm always looking for more.

Trailblazer said...

Nice Ringtail!

Chase said...

Great post and video. I linked to it and embedded the video at
(If that is a problem I will remove it)

Keep on doing what you're doing!

Camera Trap Codger said...

Cool blog, Chase -- no problem. (I give a lecture on hollow logs and snags at my camera trapping workshop.)

randomtruth said...

Another excellent set as always, Codge. Reading the recent news about Dormaalcyon latouri, the 1kg prehistoric ancestor to many modern day carnivores, had me thinking it was probably a lot like a ringtail. Such an amazing animal. Hope I see them on my cams in 2014.

Camera Trap Codger said...

Ken, may the great camera trapping spirit visit you this year as a sleek ringtail with a wry smile.

Sebastian Kennerknecht said...

Love both the quail and the ringtail Codg! Glad to see all the animals still loving your sets!

Camera Trap Codger said...

Seabass, my camera trap luck hasn't run out, yet.

christian said...

ahh ringtail..of course!

I enjoyed the back-to-back of the skunk plodding along making noise in the leaf litter, next to the ringtail nimbly and quietly using the edges of the hollow.