Those of you who read this blog know that I like using a trail camera to evaluate hunting areas, to watch wildlife, and to catch cat-food thieves. This may be time to review a trail cam that I used last year, in case anyone is considering buying one, and to look at photos I've taken on the little camera.
Last year, Milady gave me a Moultrie D55 IR camera as a gift. I sat it aside for a while, then moved it to the family property to see what type of traffic I might see. With the loss of my deer lease this month, I've been going through the pictures on the camera and I have some observations that might be valuable.
First, there is a disturbing tendency for the older cameras to "white out" some photos. I've found that this happens most often during twilight, where the camera can't decide if it wants to shoot a photograph during those times when it can't decide if it's daylight or darkness. The Moultire doesn't have that problem. Of over 200 photos on that memory card, each of them was viewable. For example, this photo:
This picture really gets my interest, because it shows me the caliber of the deer that are using that meadow.
One other thing that surprised me about the Moultrie, is that it took pictures for seven months on the same set of batteries. My particular camera uses six C-cell batteries, and I only use Duracell in my cameras. It took this photo of me in early June, as I was taking the batteries out of it.