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January 2024 - wildlife: from the Somerset Levels

January 31st 2024. An over-night check, with flash set at 'economy' (close-up), showed a deer on the card. I shall leave it on that setting, rather than 'blur' (to overcome movement), for the time being. Both seem to over-expose; not sure what to do about that though. I suspect part of the prolem is to work out how to re-touch the bright spots but there is no doubt that a large number of corrections are needed to bring it towards normality.

Roe deer, Capreolus capreolus

Roe deer, Capreolus capreolus

Roe deer, Capreolus capreolus

January 30th 2024. The new trail camera is really starting to come into its own. I am now using a conversion rate of 98% to avoid the very largest of files but, hopefully, not affecting visible results online. There are improvements to come, but also more to learn about the conversion process.

Badger, Meles meles 

Badger, Meles meles

Badger, Meles meles

Badger, Meles meles

Badger, Meles meles

Badger, Meles meles

Roe deer, Capreolus capreolus

Roe deer, Capreolus capreolus

January 19th 2024. Another wodge of further improved files from the new trail camera.

Roe deer, Capreolus capreolus

Roe deer, Capreolus capreolus

Roe deer, Capreolus capreolus

 

Fox, Vulpes vulpes

Fox, Vulpes vulpes

Fox, Vulpes vulpes

Fox, Vulpes vulpes

Fox, Vulpes vulpes 

 January 15th 2024. New ideas for conversion from TIF to JPG. I have been unhappy with the resolution of JPGs converted from TIFs by way of RIOT. For instance, looking at the portrayal of pictures with very fine detail, such as these teal. On checking, it appears that most such programs produce very similar results, so not much point in searching again. After a bit of brain-storming, I looked again at existing NX Studio, used for most of the original conversion from the camera or card, to see what was on offer. In fact, instead of using RIOT, I am able to convert to JPG directly into Microsoft Edge. I am able to convert at 100% and lesser rates as choice. The first conversion below is 90%, the remainder at 100%. The difference is not obvious; though I feel that a touch more contrast might help further, but must now experiment.

ommon teal, Anas crecca m 

Common teal, Anas crecca m

Common teal, Anas crecca m

Common teal, Anas crecca m

Great white egret, Egretta alba

Great white egret, Egretta alba

 Great white egret, Egretta alba

 Shoveler, Anas clypeata

 

Wigeon, Anas penelope

 Wigeon, Anas penelope

Wigeon, Anas penelope - in the middle of the excitement

 Wigeon, Anas penelope m

Marsh harrier, Circus aeruginosus m

Marsh harrier, Circus aeruginosus m

Marsh harrier, Circus aeruginosus m

Marsh harrier, Circus aeruginosus m

Marsh harrier, Circus aeruginosus m

Marsh harrier, Circus aeruginosus m

Marsh harrier, Circus aeruginosus m

Marsh harrier, Circus aeruginosus m

Marsh harrier, Circus aeruginosus m

Marsh harrier, Circus aeruginosus m

Marsh harrier, Circus aeruginosus m

Marsh harrier, Circus aeruginosus m

Marsh harrier, Circus aeruginosus m

Marsh harrier, Circus aeruginosus m

 

Marsh harrier, Circus aeruginosus m

Marsh harrier, Circus aeruginosus m

 Marsh harrier, Circus aeruginosus m

 January 14th 2024. I spent a most delightful time down at Catcott Lows photographing duck in perfect light; nothing rare, just everyday duck behaving as they do. 

  

Wigeon, Anas penelope f

 

Wigeon, Anas penelope m

 

Wigeon, Anas penelope m

Wigeon, Anas penelope m

Wigeon, Anas penelope m

Wigeon, Anas penelope m

Wigeon, Anas penelope m

Wigeon, Anas penelope m

 

Wigeon, Anas penelope m

Wigeon, Anas penelope m

Wigeon, Anas penelope m

Wigeon, Anas penelope m

Wigeon, Anas penelope m

 

Common buzzard, Buteo buteo

January 12th 2024. Only one useable picture overnight, but what a success. Something caught the ear of this Roe and it dashed away but the camera did its stuff.

Roe deer, Capreolus capreolus, KM, early morning 

January 10th 2024

January 4th 2024. My new trail camera is working, indeed working extremely well. Advice given by an expert on the Bowning site has proved worthwhile, My previous camera had 'no-glow' flash. His advice, amongst others, was to use the alternative 'low-glow' IR flash. It seems it is more effective, even though some animals may be spooked by being able to see the dull red lights as they flash. The camera I settled on eventually is the 'Recon Force HP5 Elite'. The difference in pictures taken by this and the previous 'Spec Ops' version (with fully dark flash) is amazing. This cannot be entirely due to the flash, as the colour pictures, taken without flash, are also considerably improved. Dark flash ensures that all animals are recorded, important for many people, as the flash does not interact with the animals' vision. Lo-glo provide superior technical performance, although they may spook the occasional prey. I am anxious to obtain the best technical pictures of mammals I know already visit the trail.


 Badger, Meles meles

 Roe doe, Meles meles

 Roe doe, Meles meles

Roebuck, Capreolus capreolus

Roebuck, Capreolus capreolus

Roebuck, Capreolus capreolus

Roebuck, Capreolus capreolus

Roe doe, Capreolus capreolus

Roe doe, Capreolus capreolus

January 1st 2024. A wild and woolly start to the year, high winds, rain, and occasional flickers of sunshine, did not encourage anything than more than sitting by the fireside. Nevertheless, we woke to see a deer feeding on the remains of our roses on the slope above. Another appeared, then a third. It is so good to think of a family appearing on such a day.

Roebuck, Capreolus capreolus

The doe is particularly interesting. She has these prominent white patches on throat and front. These tie in with earlier observations with this family. It may be recalled that the baby we spotted at the time, was almost white. I suspect these are the remnants of that stage of life, making for a most attractive vision. 

Roe doe, Capreolus capreolus