Caught on Camera

Wednesday, July 11th 2018

Walking round the reserve often gives chance sightings of species which indicate how well they are doing.  A quick walk across the Wetland to see how the weather has affected the flow of water through the area included the first sighting of a new Mallard brood carefuly navigating their way through one of the ponds.

But as we can't be in all parts of Foxglove all of the time, it's also useful to set up camera traps to see what's going on.  The one that we have been using in Risedale Beck has been moved to the other side of the water as the vegetation had grown too high to allow good sightings.  This has revealed just how much the side of the beck is used as a deer highway.

The cameras do take good quality pictures but have a fixed focal length, so cropping the image can help but may result in loss of resolution.  The original picture above includes the time and date stamp for when this Roe doe and kid were first caught on camera and the one below has been cropped to focus on the two of them.

They were obviously very relaxed here as the camera trap, which is triggered by both movement and temperature change across the field of vision, continued to take pictures for over 5 minutes.  By this stage the kid had lagged behind its mother and was clearly interested in exploring smells and sounds.  Further images from this camera show the Roe Deer going back the other way along the beck this morning, although these are not very clear with the animals movements being blurred.

Given how often the Roe Deer have been now been caught on camera in Risedale Beck, it's not really a surprise to come across them for real with a kid grazing contentedly before realising that I was within 10 metres this morning.  This resulted in a very rapid departure!


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