Today was a successful day for me, even with a good thunderstorm that seemed to come out of nowhere.
I had to take a college exam in the morning, so I got that out of the way first. I did a few errands as well, but eventually the time came for me to head out into one of Northern Virginia’s wilder areas to see what results a few of my cameras had gotten.
|A good sized snapping turtle.|
A good amount of turtles were out wandering the paths with me, so I decided to snap a few pictures of them.
|Eastern box turtle taking a soak.|
|Another box turtle.|
Nothing good came out the first camera-trap I checked. It took 6 pictures of the woods (false triggers) and 4 pictures of white-tailed deer before the batteries ran out. It only ran for a few hours. I loaded it with new batteries and made sure it was working.
On to the next!
The second camera is in a fantastic, picturesque setting that features a background of silver-green autumn olive trees.
It only took 19 pictures of white-tailed deer, a few of raccoons, and a few of groundhogs though.
By the time I left this camera, storm clouds were billowing up to a great height in the sky. Time was running short.
I sped up to go to the next camera but as soon as I got there, the clouds opened up with an amazing array of lightning and thunder. I quickly downloaded the pictures from the SD card in the camera, to my laptop.
I got back to a building before the hail came down and sat down to view the pictures that I had just downloaded, but not seen yet.
Here is what I saw:
|Pileated Woodpecker! A new cam-trapped species for me.|
|White-tailed deer. Notice the buttons growing from its head that are soon to be full antlers.|