Flight of the Bumblebee

The hedgehogs are long gone, now able to feed on other than the cat food we left out, but I spotted a bumblebee coming in and out of one of our stone walls: time to deploy hogcam.  I swapped the camera for the IR-filtered one, and set it up facing the hole and left it running for a while:

Incoming

Incoming

Landing gear down

Landing gear down

Landed safely

Landed safely

Into the hangar

Into the hangar

I’ve had to crop them and highlight the bees.  These photos were taken minutes apart; hundreds of blank wall shots were produced.  I’ve also edited these to increase the contrast in general, along with cropping off some junk at the bottom.

Conclusion: I’ll stick with Hedgehogs!

Close encounters of the garden kind.

It’s that time again to start feeding the hedgehogs ready for their winter sleep, and to put out my IR Raspicam with IR LEDs and passive IR motion detector.

Slugs

Slugs

Rat

Rat

Bovril, one of our cats

Bovril, one of our cats

Sadly, no hedgehogs yet.

This is pretty much the same as I used last year with two minor changes:

  • I’m using brighter LEDs in a better range of the IR spectrum (840nm)
  • The LEDs are now only turned on for 10s for each photo – previously they were lit all night.