Talking of photography...

It was great to see Kyle's portfolio. Here is a quick sample of my pine marten footage - enjoy!

Possibly my favourite photo in Kyle's portfolio is 'Protecting Darkness' - not just an amazing image, but also an important ambition. I can relate to this... after successful deployments of my new (infrared) trail cam 24/7, I was so excited by how much wildlife activity can be evidenced under cover of darkness / while we're asleep / in spite of us humans. A notoriously shy mammal, this pine marten was attracted to some peanut butter I'd put in the tree. You can see that it's snowing, so it was cold at the time.

This clip and some additional footage showed some great behaviour: bounding, climbing, wiping its face on a branch, marking territory at the base with its characteristic hip-wiggle, and coming up to the camera to investigate more closely (I could hear it :D) Such a treat!

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Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
over 2 years ago

Oh wow! What a treat :) Made my morning. 

Go to the profile of Hannah
over 2 years ago

Rachel this is awesome! I'm camera trapping wildlife at Alladale Wilderness Reserve and we struggle to get pine martens. Any time I try to bait them with jam or peanut butter the deer just get to it first! But without bait they'll not often pass through the same camera much - I had a camera placed in the field for four months and the pine marten showed up once....we get lots of foxes and badgers though :) 

Go to the profile of Rachel Stewart
over 2 years ago

Hi Hannah
Thank you! The full suite of clips is even more exciting, but it was difficult enough posting this short one LOL
I love that you're doing camera trapping too.
Would be great to get together to discuss different experiences!