Wildlife Camera by the Bamboo Fence

There is a bamboo fence at the edge the field in front of the house that is very popular with the birds. Tonji thought it would be a good idea to set up the wildlife camera by the fence. He left it in place for more than a week. By the time he got it back, the camera had taken thousands of photos, mostly of grass swaying in the wind!

Note to self on wildlife cameras: Do not position your wildlife camera towards a field of swaying grass. If you do, you will have 17,000 photos of swaying grass.

Tonji very gallantly offered himself up to do the tedious work of sifting through the thousands of photos for the ones that have birds in them. Then I got the bird photos from him so I could post the interesting ones here!

Another note to self on wildlife cameras: If you are positive and optimistic, you will find some interesting shots among the 17,000 photos of swaying grass! Think positive!

Long Tailed Shrike with a frog! That’s a big catch!


Grass Owl. Why is it so overexposed though?


Not so sure what this is, but it looks interesting! Could it be a Philippine Scops Owl?PICT8241

And the regulars. Striated Grassbird.PICT1985

Paddyfield PipitPICT1520

Spotted Dove in flight.


Male and female Pied Bushchat.


The Spotted Dove didn’t want to make eye contact with the wildlife camera.


Unlike the Long Tailed Shrike!


What is the allure of that strip of bamboo? I assume that the birds like the elevated vantage point.  We probably also just see the birds more easily when they are on the fence because they in plain sight and not covered by leaves. Could there be more to it than that? Why are all those different birds perched on the same spot? This experiment with the wildlife camera has made that bamboo fence look more interesting than ever!

Duck Island!

We usually keep away from the ponds to encourage the ducks and other wildlife to stay there. When there’s a real need to visit the pond, all of us including Momo and Barkley hop into the golf cart to check out the pond together.

We were going to set up the trail camera at Pond No. 4 for the first time. We drove up to the pond slowly and quietly, staying on the path so we wouldn’t startle the birds. When we reached the pond, we saw two Philippine Ducks standing on an island in the middle of the pond! Continue reading “Duck Island!”

Trail Camera Test

How do you observe wildlife without disturbing them? With a trail camera! A trail camera is motion-activated camera that takes videos or stills. It’s also known as a camera trap. It runs on rechargeable batteries, has a waterproof housing, and can be left outdoors. A crittercam is something else, it’s a camera that you attach to an animal so you can see things like what it looks like to swim underwater like a whale.  A trail camera is positioned in one spot, usually an area where animals are known to congregate. Then the camera takes photos or videos of whatever wildlife is in the field of view of the camera. Continue reading “Trail Camera Test”