Posted on Saturday, June 11th, 2011
The Smithsonian Institution has launched a new website dedicated to showcasing footage and stills from camera traps around the world. View the website here.
What is a camera trap?
A camera trap is an automated camera used to capture photographs of wild animals. A camera trap is installed in a site that a rarely-seen animal is expected to visit. When a motion or infrared sensor detects the presence of an animal, a photo is taken. A researcher will typically return to the camera to collect the photographs and the camera.
Camera traps are an important tool used in researching rare, shy, or nocturnal animals. They generally do not disturb wildlife, although flashes may cause some animals to relocate.
Several species of Bustard feature on the site, but as yet no Great Bustards.
Bustards on the Smithsonian website:
We do however have footage from this years new pen camera on Salisbury Plain, take a look if you've not yet seen these most recent clips: