Two weeks ago I set a camera trap at the inlet of a large pond in hopes of getting photographs of wood ducks.
Well, it didn’t catch wood ducks – but it got a pretty nice variety of wildlife. A great blue heron visited the inlet –
It (or another great blue) was back at dawn the next morning –
A Canada goose and its goslings also visited the inlet –
And, one evening, a white-tailed deer came for a drink –
and then waded across the inlet –
The pond isn’t in the Big Woods, so it was somewhat surprising when there were pictures of a bobcat during daylight and the next night getting a drink from the inlet –
The next surprise was a porcupine also stopping by for a drink –
And there was the tail end of a passing black bear –
Unfortunately, that was the only image of the bear. Apparently it passed by too rapidly for the camera to wake up and get the whole bear in the picture.
Yes indeed, checking a camera trap is like opening a surprise Christmas present – you never know what you’ll find.