Wildlife camera trap footage

by Paul White

For the kind of wildlife monitoring work that I do, camera traps are adequate and far less invasive than other research methods. At this time I have two cameras. A Browning Recon Force Advantage and an Allesio HC-4. The Browning is more expensive but a far superior camera in every way.

Below is an example of my field work using camera traps. If you can see a silhouette of a stag's head in the bottom left hand corner then you know that footage was captured on my Browning. To see a more extensive selection of my camera trap videos please visit my YouTube playlist.

I would like to say that all the animal behaviour on my trail camera footage is 100% natural, but this is not always the case. You will see that some individuals do pick up the infrared sensor and sometimes walk around my cameras. This gives rise to cautious behaviour rather than outright fear. The only time the camera has caused a more dramatic 'spook' response, was the time two Carpathian red deer activated the Browning when standing right next to it. When it turned on the the camera trap generated a 'click' type sound causing both deer to jump, but not run away.

I hope you enjoy my video footage. If you have any questions or comments please send me a message using the 'contact form' on the right side of this page or via my YouTube channel.

European brown bear (Ursus arctos).

Wolf (Canis lupus).

Central European or common red deer (C. e. hippelaphus).

Wild boar (Sus scrofa), but please be aware there are also two subpecies found locally, the Central European boar (S. s. scrofa) and Carpathian boar (S. s. attila). Without molecular taxonomy (DNA) it would be hard to be certain which is which from sightings, photos and camera trap footage.

European wildcat (Felis silvestris).

Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber).

European pine marten (Martes martes).

European badger (Meles meles).

European roe deer (Capreolus capreolus).

Yellow-necked mouse (Apodemus flavicollis).

Dark morph Eurasian red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris).

Please note that I never bait my cameras (i.e. I never leave food out to attract wildlife). I strongly disagree with baiting as this 'can' habituate individuals and promote dependence on unnatural food.