Basically in a nut shell…………I didn’t check the battery strength of the Trail Cameras battery’s before I put it out!
I assumed that they would be good? There are 6 D size batteries in that thing and I underestimated the power draw.
I had used it a week before on a another Dead Sea Lion. I checked those shots it took with the same battery’s and more than half of them were shot at night . That would mean the flash would of been firing, and thus draining the power more!
I had the camera out over top of this Sea Lion for almost 2 weeks! After reviewing the shots. I have come to the embarrassing fact that the Trail camera only took pictures on the day I dropped it off!
When it got dark and the flash had to be used,it failed and didn’t have enough power to do anything at all! It just sat there doing nothing!
I missed alot of great shots!
I also noticed another problem!
The motion detector is too sensitive and it cannot be adjusted! After I deployed the camera,it took 169 shots before it failed later that evening.
The vast majority of these shots were of ” water lapping onto the shore”! The water looked calm enough to me but the sensor is way too sensitive and they should of built into the unit a dial to adjust the sensitivity!
Every house has a outside motion detector on their lights. They have a small dial on those so that the sensitivity can be controlled.
I see no reason why they can’t have them on trail cameras?
At any rate……..I’ll be more careful in the future!
I’m looking into making my own unit. Something with better resolution too! These units have a very small sensor and produce “grainy” images! Poor quality but they were not designed for that.
They were designed for recon only! Hunters use them to see whats prowling around?
I did get some wolf shots and a few of those two Turkey Vultures.
It wasn’t a total loss,but more importantly I learned something very important!