Remote cameras

Much of my work in the swamp involves deploying and retrieving remote cameras and reviewing the images. Since 2004 I have used seven different models of remote cameras, aiming them at areas of bark scaling on trees or at interesting cavities.

Many of the pictures you see on this page and its links were taken by these remote cameras.

The cameras I am currently using are made by Reconyx. They will take images by time-lapse images in addition to by motion-detection, which makes them particularly handy for monitoring cavities that are often too far away for motion-detecting.

Thanks to Bill and Cindy Ward and The Nature Conservancy for supporting remote camera efforts.

Pictures and Videos

Flood images from 4/11/08, including a bird or two

Reconyx review tips for those who want some hints about how to quickly review thousands of images.

Reconyx images:

February 2008 Pileated flight images

February 21, 2007 Red-headed Woodpecker

April 9, 2006 Pileated Woodpecker

March 6, 2006 Pileated Woodpecker

November 1, 2005 Owl - can you identify it?

Here is a time lapse video (2.2MB wmv file) of a Pileated Woodpecker going to roost. It goes into the cavity and back out, disappears from the field of view for almost three minutes, then reappears and goes to roost.

Here is a time lapse video showing a Pileated Woodpecker foraging on the ground.

Here is a sequence of pictures showing a Pileated Woodpecker.

Here is a sequence of pictures showing a Barred Owl flying in.

Some color images from 2004 and 2005 from motion-detecting cameras

ACONE camera

The robotic camera developed by researchers at Cal-Berkeley and Texas A&M has been used in the search effort.

A couple of seasonal photo albums:

Winter 2007 pictures from the Big Woods

Fall 2006 pictures from the Big Woods


Otter video (850KB) - four otters swam very close to my canoe on 3/14/08. A Hairy Woodpecker calls in the background.

Male Wood Duck video (430KB) - also from 3/14/08.

Like Snakes? Here is a small collection of snake pictures that I took while searching. (Incredibly, the Snakes page is often one of the most visited pages on this IBWO website!)