Monday 7 November 2011

Night games

You may be thinking "Early 80s rock track that made it into the UK Top Ten?" or even "Dubious reporting of salacious goings on at Tense Towers?" It's a tough call.

If I said that there's a camera involved, does that help?

Or that names have been changed to protect identities?

OK, last clue, the words "winkle", "bush" and "pussy" will appear in the following text.

You have been warned.

Last month, Our Lass bought me a trail camera, one of those Bushnell models that often appear on tv wildlife programmes. Now, although Tense Towers isn't big enough to possess a trail, I thought it would be interesting to see what was about in the environs after dark. To be honest, in a land where all large predators have systematically been obliterated, the answers are going to be pretty few. Still, hope springs eternal.

My first foray with the device was on a particular wild and windy night (no smirking at the back!) when the movement of the garden vegetation managed to trigger the camera to fill a 1GB card in the 3 hours before the watershed (US = safe harbor). Doh!

The next attempt was a calmer night, in a more sheltered spot and with the sensitivity reduced, resulting in only about 10 frames... mostly empty. Double Doh!

Picking suitable weather and returning to the first location produced some blurry shots of next door's cat, but little else.

Next door's pussy (not full frontal)
The more observant amongst you will have realised that it took me a while to figure out how to set the date/time stamp.

Finally, persistence eventually paid off and I managed to capture a few shots of...

Mrs Tiggywinkle (not her real name)
It's a good job that you lot don't have filthy minds.


holdingmoments said...

What a great toy to poke around in the bush; you never know what might pop up.

Imperfect and Tense said...

The spirit of Carry On films is alive and well and lurking in the blogosphere, Keith!

Martin said...

Maybe you could try from a bedroom window in the hope of an night-owl..? or just to record the traffic movements and what time your daughter gets home!

Oh and does it need mains power or could it be left somewhere overnight?

Imperfect and Tense said...

Could be mains power, but doesn't have to be. Supposedly, if you choose all the low settings, the batteries will last a year. They must think I'm the patient sort!

Spadger said...

Oh I say, ding dong!

Imperfect and Tense said...

In case anyone is wondering, here's a link to explain the Carry On thread:

Spadger said...

Pretty tame to what I hear the foxes have been up to at Minsmere