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We kept on getting dead toads in the middle of the concrete parking lot out the front of work. The whole premises is surrounded by high security fences but lying in the centre of the yard would be these toads on their backs with all their guts hanging out. We thought vandals/kids/hoons/whatever had been throwing them over the fence so we checked the security camera footage. The crows had been swooping down and flipping the cane toads onto their backs and then pecking their bellies until they exposed the guts, have a quick feed and then fly off again. They were smart enough to know to stay away from the poison on the toads backs and only eat the soft parts underneath.
Hairy, have you had any problems with yours turning off in the middle of the night due to cold?
I recently set up a brand new Swann outback cam for a friend and it caught us setting the unit up and then putting grain in various locations in it's field of view, and then it picked us up collecting it the next morning. There was definitely some animal action at the grain, yet we got no photos. The only thought I had was that it switched off in the cold (probably got down to about 0C) and that's when the animals came.
The unit did not specify an operating temp range in the manual... and it ran on AA's which I thought could go below 0.
The battery in my own camera stopped working each morning and reported empty and I had to sit it in the sun until it heated up then it worked again.
I wish I had a dollar for every time I had pics of me setting it up then me checking it the next day with nothing
in between, I'd be able to afford a new trail cam. Lucky my cam doesn't pick up audio or there would be the odd muttered 4 letter word too.
I only have an elcheapo Tasco, but havn't really noticed a problem with cold except that moisture might condense on the
lens and give a blurry image in the early hours of morning. I now don't put the camera out in rainy weather as the seals don't seem to be completely
waterproof and I suspect moisture gets into the electronics as I can no longer see the lcd to change the settings.
I put a strip of duct tape across the top of the door seal to help keep moisture out too.
I only use eneloop rechargables as they last for ages, rather than alkalines as you know digital cams tend to be hard on batts.
Perhaps the angle of your camera picks you up but not shorter animals? I put a small twig or rock behind mine to give a slightly
downward facing angle. Height of the camera off the ground may be an issue too.
We did place a stick behind it to get a better angle but I suspect some testing is needed on this unit to see where the sensor picks up best. The manual says it has a blind spot right in the middle which we accounted for... the pictures we got only showed the lower half of our bodies which included just in front of the feed and then behind the feed, but it did show the bottoms of some trees around 30 meters away so not all the shot was just ground. Here is a rough approximation...