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Bodger



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 16 1:59 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

For ages.

buzzy



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 16 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

wellington womble wrote:
I'm reasonably certain I also had some two legged visitors on Saturday night. Nothing taken, I don't think, but I'm sure I didn't leave the garage open, and I heard a lot of dragging noises in the night (at least partly due to wind, but not entirely I don't think)

Roughly how long do the batteries last?


The battery life depends on the type of battery and the number of pictures/videos taken, and on the machine as well. Probably on the individual machine as well as the model/manufacture. There may be other factors as well.

I use Duracell ultra power in my Ltl Acorns, and they last months, though at the end of battery life they seem to stop taking pictures at night, though they do continue to take during the day. If continuity is important, you need to check regularly. Some say you get better life with rechargeable batteries, but I have not tried those. You can put eight AAs in my Ltl Acorns, but I'm not doing that at the moment.That gives you longer picture taking sessions.

Henry

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 16 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sorry should have been more specific. I meant hours/days/weeks. Months is entirely practical.

I'm really not sure if there was someone in the garage or not. I'd swear I heard metallic dragging sounds, but the house has an archway that echoes and makes it hard to identify directions. There were recycling bins all over the place by the morning, so it could have been that. But the door was ajar, which I'd swear it wasn't before and there was water so far into the garage it must have been open, although I never heard it open or close. It screeches terribly, so I'd expect to have heard it. My tractor, mower and brush cutter were still there and neither of the gates were broken. Couldn't see a thing, and couldn't go out to check anyway.

So it would appear someone got in, moved noisy, heavy stuff around, put it back again, closed the noisy door, ignored expensive, nickable stuff, some portable, and left. Why would they do that? Unless they were planning on coming back with a vehicle and hoped to be unoticed in all the wind noise. I've left mums car parked in front of the doors so you can't open them. I've ordered solar security lights and those hinged bollard thingies. I don't suppose the lights will deter anyone very much, but the bollards ought to help.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 16 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We have a trail camera in the woods and it lasts several months on one set of batteries, but as Buzzy says, depends on the battery and how much the camera turns on.

If you can lock your garage, with a padlock and chain if necessary, and otherwise with a sensible key that everyone else doesn't have, it is an advantage WW. It isn't usual for people to take everything out and then put it back, so perhaps you heard the bins moving but someone did take a look in your garage. It isn't unknown for a 'scouting party' to go out and come back a little later to take things away. If you have a lot of things in there the police have a scheme for registering equipment so if it is stolen identification numbers can be accessed if odd things are found. The local police often know who to go to see if there are any thefts.

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 16 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Most of it isn't mine and I wish somebody would take it away! However, the tractor, mower and brushcutter are and I'm sure would be more desirable than all the junk I don't own.

I don't think the doors can be locked with a padlock (they're up and over garage doors). I've ordered some hinged bollards to go in front of them, although I suspect I'll need to get someone in to fit them. I'm tempted to hang a very large bell on the inside so it rings if you open it (like a shop door) at least I wouldn't be laying awake wondering about it!

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 16 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That's not a bad idea. Not only would it alert you, but it might scare off any would be intruders. We have a locking post on the track into the wood and that had to be installed with concrete under it.

buzzy



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 16 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Here is a night time picture of a Muntjac buck. Often the night pictures are blurred if the subject is moving too fast. And there are always lots of blanks - I assume small creatures moving quicker through the field of view than the camera can react.




Henry

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 16 1:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

nice snap,i always think muntjacs are really odd looking beasts when i get a glimpse of one. a bit as though geiger designed deer

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 16 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Good for a night time picture Henry. We have some quite good pictures of deer and hares and 1 fox I think. There was also one picture of eyes in the distance, but no idea whether it was fox or badger.

buzzy



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 17 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Here's what the camera trap can do all by itself:




Jaki and me taking the dogs for a walk. Mr D'Arcy needs to be on a lead, or else he goes hurtling off on his own. Hollie and Snowbelle tend to follow steadily behind.

I doubt we could have posed it better!

Henry

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 17 12:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Frustrating visit to Aldi today, spotted in their cabinet a card saying: "Wildlife Camera reduced to 13.99" sat there all alone...

buzzy



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 17 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hairyloon wrote:
Frustrating visit to Aldi today, spotted in their cabinet a card saying: "Wildlife Camera reduced to 13.99" sat there all alone...


It's a b*mm*r when those really good offers disappear off the shelves before you get there, isn't it? And I've heard good reports of Aldi Wildlife cameras.

Henry

yummersetter



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 17 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Even more so when there are no Aldi stores in the area.

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 17 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

buzzy wrote:
Hairyloon wrote:
Frustrating visit to Aldi today, spotted in their cabinet a card saying: "Wildlife Camera reduced to 13.99" sat there all alone...


It's a b*mm*r when those really good offers disappear off the shelves before you get there, isn't it? And I've heard good reports of Aldi Wildlife cameras.


It's worse when they knock something down to a really good offer, tempt you to buy it and a week or two after you've bought it knock it down to half price to clear the last few, like they did with the air-compressors.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 17 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

yummersetter wrote:
Even more so when there are no Aldi stores in the area.


You can now buy Aldi's special buys online, with free delivery.

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