This week saw the first delivery of the Hawke PC5000 & Hawk PC2000 trail cameras. They are smaller than other offerings on the market making them easier to place covertly. Interested to see how they performed, I set the higher resolution Hawke PC5000 to run over the last couple of days.
I baited the area with peanuts hoping that the muntjac deer would make an appearance and giving me something a little more exciting than the rabbits that have previously made appearances on my tests with similar cameras.
This morning with some excitement, I connected the camera to a PC and success! 180 images on the SD card, admittedly some of me setting up but also rabbits, pheasants, partridge, munjtac deer and a fox. Admittedly I may need to hone my set-up skills a little more especially when it comes to baiting the area.
The day shots are as expected better than the night shots, as the one frustrating parts of this technology is that the exposure using the IR leds is fixed so as you can see from the images, if the object is too close you loose some of the definition of the features. That’s said for a first attempt I was pleased with the results and it certainly did what was requested of it.
I hope to be able to set up shortly at a badger set close to home so watch this space, I will post my images here if I get anything decent.