Garden Visitors - when we are not looking!
To get an idea of who or what is visiting our garden when we are not watching, we purchased a Stealthcam. This is a weatherproof camera with a built-in flash and motion detector. When movement is detected, the camera shoots off three photos. Although the quality of the photos cannot compare with a Digital SLR, they provide a good insight to activity in the garden.
We have deliberately left the time and date on the photos because it is interesting to see the amount of activity during the night. The camera has been positioned hanging from the branches of one of two apple trees. The windfall apples have proven to be irresistible to the roe deer, muntjacs, badgers and foxes.
The summer of 2007 was very good for the deer around here. We identified nine deer in total from three families - male, female and baby muntjac, a roe deer doe and two fawns, and a roe deer stag, doe and fawn.
The harvest of apples was excellent providing a good incentive to visit us!
Three Roe Deer - Buck, Doe and Fawn
The doe is rather wary. She has heard the noise from the camera and is reluctant to venture closer with her fawn. However, the stag either has no worries or is more greedy for the apples!
Roe Deer Doe
Roe Deer Buck
Two Roe Deer Fawns
Badger and Muntjac
Doe and Fawn Roe Deer
Muntjac and Roe Deer
Roe Deer Doe and Two Fawns
Muntjac and Rabbit
Badger and Roe Deer