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18 Apr 2017 13:44 - 18 Apr 2017 15:56 #4359 by bootly66
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I have been so impressed with your pics from your camera traps, I was thinking I would like to give it a try for civets/ porcupines etc when camping at KK.. Can anyone give me any advise on what is good to buy?? I really am on a tight budget with this but i have seen some on ebay around 1 -2000bt.. would they be any good???

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18 Apr 2017 15:51 - 19 Apr 2017 06:28 #4360 by WT admin
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There is a very good site at www.trailcampro.com for assessing the small pre-built cams. Its very hard to get a good quality picture from them without a LOT of sunlight, which is very difficult in the forest. Of the small units I, personally, have used Bushnell models and Moultrie models (we very kindly got a special discount from Moultrie and thats why you see can see a Moultrie sticker on my truck, because they were so nice to us) - I did use a scotsguard once but an elephant "ate" it the first time it was out.

I still use them (Moultries) to scout locations with the DNP. We always use them in video mode (you can see the quality of the files in the video gallery in the menu at the top of the page). Heres a sample of the photo quality (day with light and night) ...........

PS The images taken on www.thailandwildlife.com are not taken with these cameras, they are taken with DSLRS

PPS as always make sure you discuss with the rangers first - filing police reports to get your cams back from the pound is a painful process, I can tell you.
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18 Apr 2017 20:34 #4361 by bootly66
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I was just thinking of something cheap to start with and put it near the tent with a bit of rice to see what appears..Dont want any tigers or elephants that close....

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18 Apr 2017 20:37 #4362 by bootly66
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Just for a bit of fun at first to see what turns up.. certainly dont want to be sticking my DSLRs out there yet

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28 Apr 2017 16:56 #4382 by Robby L
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While iwas in NZ recently I was given an old Bushnell trail Camera by someone who works for a forestry company so when I was in Nam Nao NP I strapped it to a tree by a waterhole where there was fresh elephant and deer tracks to give it a try.

Got a photo of me after I had set it :



And after 2 nights when I picked it up another of a bird (raptor) :



Also got 2 series of black photos which could mean the flash is not working or possibly what triggered it was to far away, will have to test it at home one night

RIP 2018 - Robby will always be remembered for his sharing of his trips and knowledge. Missed by all.
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16 May 2017 07:45 #4413 by Robby L
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After tests I found that flash is definitely not working on this thing so I decided to operate and opened it up to find there is a loose wire in there.

There are 2 wires connected to the flash unit a black wire which is connected to the board and a red wire with a blue sleeve with the blue sleeve end loose.

What I need to know is where the red wire connects to the board so I can reconnect it.

Would anyone out there have a Bushnell Trophy cam model 119455 that they could open up and have a look so I can get this thing working properly.

Tried Bushnell customer support and was told they dont 'coach' people on repairs so I should send it in or buy a new one, no help at all.




Robby

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16 May 2017 16:18 #4414 by Paul T
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Here you go Robby ......
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21 May 2017 19:52 #4417 by Robby L
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Great thank you very much i will solder it back on and see what happens.

Operation complete and the patient has survived, gave it a try last night and it works.

Now all I need is a place to put it.

Robby

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16 Jun 2017 14:16 #4430 by Robby L
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Was at Khao Yai this week and decided on Wednesday to set the trail cam overnight on the unmarked trail that goes from a car park 1.2km up the road from Lum Ta Khong camp site was hoping I might get a deer as there are a lot of tracks.

This is what i got, beyond all expectations.



A cat of some description.






And a pack of dogs Dhole.

Why didnt I put it there first thing when I arrived on Monday.

Another lesson for the future.

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16 Jun 2017 21:09 - 16 Jun 2017 22:03 #4431 by onflipflops
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Wow, now that is very lucky in such a short time. The cat, I am pretty sure it is a Clouded Leopard. As low as the image quality may be, to me it seems the head shape, dark stripe behind the eye, the spots on the front legs, as well as the size of the animal (compared to the branch in the image that is more clearly seen in the daytime shots of the Dholes) all seem to point in the direction of Clouded Leopard. Several years ago I saw a family of Clouded Leopards very close to Lam Ta Kong. Who knows this is one of the cubs I saw that night.

You can see one of the Dholes has a radio collar because there is a lady doing research on the pack that hunts in the main visitor area of the park. They are quite often seen in de vicinity of this camp, though also quite a bit further away.

I suppose this is the only shot you got from the cat? Maybe you should try video mode next time. More chance you get a bit closer view. E.g. 20 seconds clips seems to work well, is my experience.

And you probably already know, but officially you will need permission for setting up camera traps. Maybe you had permission, but if you did not, make sure you do not get in trouble with the authorities.

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