Earlier in the week when I was photographing a group of Jackdaws on the lawn I also set up the camcorder. To start with there was a single Rook amongst them which was having a hard time keeping the Jackdaws away from the seed it was trying to gather in its throat pouch. In the end it gave up and moved to a different part of the garden.
Once the Jackdaws had the area to themselves they set about the tricky task of stripping the husks from the grain. At first I thought they were burying the seed but closer examination showed they were jamming each seed under their claws and stripping the husk off with their beaks. Not an easy task on a soft grassy surface.
Just before my bedtime last night one of the Hedgehog visitors arrived. As there are three LED lights shining down on the feeding area to give illumination for the video camera I thought I would see how well the camcorder would cope. On the normal settings it could just make out what was there so I switched it over to its night setting. Now the picture was much brighter but to achieve this the shutter speed is very slow and few frames are taken each second. The result is a very jerky video. To overcome this I speeded the motion up 2.5 times when the video was being put together in the computer.
It may look as though the Hedgehog is just sniffing at the food. In fact it was eating at its usual fast and furious rate which was too fast for the night setting on the camcorder but rest assured it was tucking in to dried mealworms as though that was the only food it had eaten this year.
Have a great holiday weekend observing the wildlife around you.
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