For Christmas I got Dave a trail camera, or game camera as they're also called. I knew next to nothing about these until I started shopping for one. Turns out they're AWESOME!!!! All it is, is a digital camera with weatherproof casing that you can strap to a tree and leave out there in all weather, and it has some kind of motion detection so it will take pictures of any animals that come in front of its path--day or night! Hunters use them for scouting purposes but we of course just use them for the curiosity factor. Our backyard is loaded with wildlife and we only sometimes get to see it, if we get lucky. Usually the turkeys are the only thing we consistently see, but we know that there are also deer, fox, coyotes, raccoons, and who knows what else.
What we didn't expect is that there is a bit of an art to getting the camera to work properly. There are lots of nuances about where to position the camera, what kind of scene it overlooks, so it can be tricky to find a location with even lighting so that it doesn't overexpose. So Dave has had to try a few different locations in order to find the right light and also get it to overlook known animal paths in our yard. He was off to a slow start but in the past week he's had 2 hits! So he's optimistic that we'll get more soon.
It must have been exciting because it got him to update his blog after 8 months! You can see his shots of coyote and turkeys here: Dave's Blog. I told him I'd post about it when he got 3 animals, but I'm jumping the gun at only 2. :)