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Marko Botsaris
(millonas) - F - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
Re: The cat is back. More pictures. on 12/16/2013 17:26:05 MST Print View

OK, last few times I was very suspicious, seeing the cat looking into the camera all the time, that he/she was hamming it up. Now I am sure! LOL

I suppose it may be able to see some of the IR, and may be curious. Or maybe I am imagining it.

Edited by millonas on 12/16/2013 17:30:32 MST.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re: Re: The cat is back. More pictures. on 12/16/2013 17:31:28 MST Print View

@Bob,
I think there are two cats here. One seems older and could be the mom, since mothers and daughters can somewhat share the edges of their territories. Not sure though.

The Reconyx I can set with the infrared going further out, which makes the closer shots less clear, or with less range, which makes the shots better. I just switched yesterday to lower quality but longer infrared reach because I had many dark shots where something came by but not close enough. Now I wish I had left the higher quality setting since it came so close...

I agree the daytime ones are "it" and there may be some up top; I will be checking in the next few days.

@Mark,
Yes, if it looks straight at it it sees a faint red glow. That's why some people have them higher up because the animal won't look right into them.
My other camera is completely covert but the pictures are not as good. I might switch location, we'll see.

Edited by Kat_P on 12/16/2013 17:33:45 MST.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Re: The cat is back. More pictures. on 12/16/2013 17:37:05 MST Print View

It's too bad that trail cameras like this store only JPEG images. If they could store RAW images like an expensive camera, then slightly better images can be coaxed out of it.

And then... if you worked in the design shop for Reconyx or Bushnell, and you could make improvements to the design, what would you try to get them to do?

I have a Bushnell.

--B.G.--

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re: Re: Re: Re: The cat is back. More pictures. on 12/16/2013 17:42:03 MST Print View

I'll have to think about that Bob....but having RAW images would be good.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The cat is back. More pictures. on 12/16/2013 17:49:23 MST Print View

At some point in time eight or ten years ago, Dr. Rodney Jackson was doing trail camera work in Tibet, attempting to photograph the elusive snow leopards there. They didn't have quite the same kind of camera hardware then as we have today, and they had to mount the expensive cameras inside steel boxes with heavy rocks over them. I attended one of his presentations in SF, and he was trying to recruit volunteers to go over to Tibet and help him. I think they had regular walking patrols to change the batteries and look for photos saved.

Kat, we could sign you up for this.

--B.G.--

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The cat is back. More pictures. on 12/16/2013 17:54:30 MST Print View

I am in!

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: The cat is back. More pictures. on 12/16/2013 18:30:07 MST Print View

I think I understand what he's trying to say.....

.kat's kat

Edited by idester on 12/16/2013 18:33:21 MST.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re: Re: The cat is back. More pictures. on 12/16/2013 19:13:22 MST Print View

Too funny Doug!

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: west coast best coast
Re: Re: The cat is back. More pictures. on 12/16/2013 19:16:08 MST Print View

The big kitty has a hairball.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
This cat is smart! on 01/03/2014 18:31:26 MST Print View

This afternoon I hiked up and found that this Mountain lion walked behind two of my cameras and then changed course all together avoiding my third one.
The ground is dry, but I have gotten better at seeing the tracks; he ( I think) walked right behind and must have smelled them from the unfortunate angle. The spot where I got the most pictures has been avoided and I saw a new trail/ scramble a few yards from it.

And so it goes, trying to get some more shots of this beautiful creature. While have to admit that I am a little disappointed right now, I also see how much I have learned from this experience and my continued search. I hike with new awareness, not only prompted by a bit of fear, but by my observing paths, tracks, broken branches, scat and smells. I have been reading about these cats as well .


In the meantime, here are a few smaller cat ( bobcat) pictures. This old guy is all over every night.
He always climbs on the rock that I had placed to strap my camera on.

Bob

Bob


Bob


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Bob


And this odd kat shows up all the time too :)

Kat

Marko Botsaris
(millonas) - F - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
Re: This cat is smart! on 01/03/2014 22:13:50 MST Print View

I'm rooting for a Grey Fox next :-)

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
For Mark on 01/03/2014 22:26:55 MST Print View

Fox

Fox

Fox

Fox


Fox

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: game cameras on 01/03/2014 23:07:05 MST Print View

This is really cool.

I need to set one of these up in my back yard. We have raccoons and opossums all over the place-- six miles from downtown Seattle. But then there are beavers, bald eagles, gray herons, coyotes, and there have been a couple bears and cougars over the years.

Marko Botsaris
(millonas) - F - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
Re: For Mark on 01/04/2014 00:15:27 MST Print View

Sweet! I really like seeing them in the SC mountains!

Desert Dweller
(Drusilla) - M

Locale: Wild Wild West
Pictures on 01/04/2014 00:45:32 MST Print View

Awesome work Kat. Your photos are a treasure.
I've been hiking the southern end of the Arizona Trail for years, have seen four lions, and recently there has been a lot of jaguar activity here. I'm not exactly terrified but I have stayed away from the Santa Rita section of the trail, as there has been over ten separate groups of photos taken by game and fish with their game cams there in the first six months of 2013. There is also jaguar activity in the mountains east of us on the New Mexico/Arizona border, as documented by a local rancher here named Glen Warner in his book "Eyes of Fire". The jaguar is a completely different type of cat, they do not fear man and are legendary in Mexico for their boldness. I hike alone a lot so I'm extremely vigilant (for this reason and others), and it pays to be constantly analyzing track and watching the wind direction. The birds will go silent if there is a predator around also. I used to ride horses all the time and they always told me when a big cat was around and I felt safer with them, but they have passed away and I'm afoot now.
We have finally replaced our old game camera with a new one, and have a functioning horse trough in our pasture where we set the camera up and are hoping to some day get a photo of a jaguar or mountain lion. We have already gotten photos of bobcat, javelina, coyotes, deer and an occasional kit fox, and of course lots of jackrabbits.
Your pics are really cool. Such a variety of wildlife near your home is wonderful and shows a very healthy ecosystem.

Edited by Drusilla on 01/04/2014 08:26:04 MST.

Leigh Baker
(leighb) - F

Locale: Northeast Texas Pineywoods
re: wildlife pics on 01/04/2014 05:42:01 MST Print View

Kat, I've really enjoyed this thread! Thanks so much for sharing, and keep em' coming!

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: This cat is smart! on 01/04/2014 07:39:44 MST Print View

Really enjoying your pics Kat. Keep 'em coming!

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Thanks, and a few more on 01/04/2014 08:08:21 MST Print View

Thanks everyone!

These are still from my very lucky day a while back.
I love how many different expressions this guy has in such a short period of time.




Deleted for the time being. Sorry but People stealing my pics got to me. Will try to watermark.

Edited by Kat_P on 02/04/2014 14:13:02 MST.

William Chilton
(WilliamC3) - MLife

Locale: Antakya
Re: Thanks, and a few more on 01/04/2014 08:10:34 MST Print View

I'm really liking these photos too, Katharina, but I'm glad we don't get mountain lions where we hike!

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Re: Thanks, and a few more on 01/04/2014 10:36:14 MST Print View

Nice pictures, Kat

That Bobcat sitting on a rock reminds me of domestic housecat behavior

William, I think there are Mountain Lions everywhere. They just don't let you see them.