Our first attempt at subterranean video this year was disappointing.
Had the camera been placed differently the footage could have been better, but there was also the problem of the curious bear cub that dismantled the set.
The subterranean action however was more than enough to call us back.
Our second attempt in August was in a different segment of the same mountain beaver (=showtl) tunnel.
This time I came prepared with a customized mount that could be spiked into the hardpan on the floor of the tunnel and nailed into the log embedded in the silt bench above the tunnel.
|Set 519.3 after being disguised
with a large flake of red fir.
|The camera post was spiked and wired
to the embedded log.
We covered the vertical hole with a large flitch of wood.
As you have seen in Part 2, the bear didn't show, and if any subterranean critters bumped into the camera they didn't move it.
But I still didn't get the angle of the camera quite right. It should have been aimed up into the tunnel. The focus was also off, and the microphone made hideous sounds (which I'll try to remove -- sorry about that).
|The camera in situ as we uncovered it
33 days later.
I just replaced the lens of the DXG 567v with a 4mm wide-angle CCTV lens, which will take in a much wider view.
We'll try again next spring.