It’s been four days since we finished setting up the camera traps, and we’ve collected the first round of photos.
The good news? We got a ton of data–almost 20,000 images from the twenty cameras. That’s one photo every 18 seconds, a lot more than I anticipated.
The bad news? I was up way past my bedtime last night in order to sort through all those photos before I collect more tomorrow (though to be fair, that’s not really saying much since I’m usually in bed by 9:00 and asleep by 9:30). More importantly, more than half the photos are useless because they captured nothing but small birds, shifting shadows, or swaying vegetation.
Two cameras are responsible for most of the extraneous photos, so I’ll adjust them and trim some of the offending vegetation, and see if we can get that number down to a more reasonable 12,000 photos or so. If that still doesn’t work, I could try extending the delay between bursts of photos. But I’m hesitant to do that because I’m absolutely petrified of missing something important. Besides, what’s a little lost sleep when you’re chasing leopards?
We haven’t photographed any leopards or hyenas yet, but we’ve still collected some great data on the large mammals of Neuras:
And some not-so-great data:
And some data that’s really no data at all:
I hope that soon we’ll see the first pictures of leopards and hyenas. Perhaps the amount of data we got on other species bodes well for the carnivore data, too.