It has been almost 3 weeks since I posted anything, so I guess I need to do an update.
Last October I had florida panthers outside my window at night growling and yowling for three nights. I didn't know what they were doing, but the FWC biologist said that they were mating. So FWC put up a couple wildlife cams to try and get some photos to see what lurks outside my house at night. They took back the cameras around Thanksgiving and sent me a disk of the photos.
I enjoyed the photos so much, that I decided to get my own camera. So I got myself a Christmas present yesterday and put a Stealth Cam Rogue IR infrared camera. I didn't get anything last night, but I guess I should be patient. FWC's two cams didn't pick up critters every night.
Here are some of the FWC photos for your enjoyment.
On October 19th, I got one of two visits recorded of a coyote. (One we didn't know was in the area.)
There was a feral cat that made several appearances over the next few weeks. The panther tracker folks are very concerned with this, because the fatal feline lukemia disease can be transmitted to panthers, and killed several a couple years ago.
I have a photos from October 26th that looks like a bobcat. It's hard to tell, and only have a faint view of the hind quarters.
I think I will skip the photos of armadillos, raccoons, and squirrels. But on Halloween, the camera caught a photo of the elusive Florida Skunk Panther!
I have my first panther photo the next night, on November 1st. Female panther showed up around 8:46 at night, and only 10 minutes after the feral cat passed by. She has a tracking collar on her, and she gave birth to four kittens two years ago.
Then she show up back again around 6:00 a.m. the next morning. Both these times at night or in the morning are times that I could be coming and going outside my house.
On November 4th an uncollared male panther showed up around midnight. (Probably the mate of the female.) I had walked by the same spot about 3 hours earlier, at 9:00 p.m.
Then again on November 8th, the male panther returns, and walked by around 1:50 a.m. I also walked by earlier about 9 p.m. I wonder if he is following me?
That is all the good ones that I have. So hopefully I will get some good photos to share from my new stealth cam.
Seems like there is a delay between when the critters come into range and when the camera sets off. I had several photos where I drove by, and by the time the camera went off, I was out of sight. I am not racing out of the driveway either.