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This blog is predominately about camera trapping in California. We camera trap to save our souls and to teach primary school students about biology and conservation. We will also touch on other camera trapping news and musings, sets from afar, mediocre herpetology, sucky birding, and other natural history discussions.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Winter Solstice

This is the final part of the three part series from a Winter Solstice set near Bon Tempe Lake in the Mt. Tam watershed.

The closers shall be the spirit animal of this half of CTC, the gray fox.
Very common to the Northern California camera trapper, these guys are usually the first to the scene, eager to sniff and rub any foul scent concoction laid down by naturalist/fauna.

This set had foxes coming in for a drink

Foxes screaming

Foxes leaping, running and knocking the camera 'round

One thing that would be neat to capture is their true leaping and climbing ability. Gray foxes have been observed to jump 4 feet high from a standing position, and have been seen denning 30 feet high high in trees. 
Perhaps a goal for this season of trapping !


  1. Hearing those noises out there, I would never have guessed they were coming from foxes. I hope I can remember your video if I ever do hear it.

  2. Nice. What's the clattering noise? A lock? Or a mounting strap dangling?

    1. My guess would be a secondary lock that I put on the door... I am having trouble visualizing this set atm...