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|This is my son Chuck Jr. He is putting the final touches on the camera installation deep inside the Florida Everglades.||This is what the camera looks like inside.||These are "The Three Little Pigs" that happened to stroll
by the camera at around noon.
(Actually, these pigs are somewhere between 50 and 100 lbs.)
|At first, I had no idea what this was! It looked like the South end of a Northbound rhinoceros! Unfortunately, a branch had fallen down in front of the lens and the flash. (That is what all the white stuff is!) The next picture will tell the tale. :-)|
|It is a bear! This bear was wandering by at around 11:45 PM and discovered an apple!||Humm? We were wondering who was stealing those apples!||What a troublemaker!||
Who are these guys?
|This picture is to give you some perspective! It shows me at 5' 9" and some of these hogs. There are some really big ones here!||Look at this sow! She obviously has a litter somewhere.||This is a nice average boar.||Here are some piglets.|
|Maybe the same or another sow?||
|This is a nice size boar!||Look at this monster!|
|Here is another monster!||
Here piggy, piggy!
|Another beast!||More pigs!|
|A doe strolling by one day||And back the next||A Deer At Sunrise|
|Exactly what is that?||Doe(?) and a Button Buck|
|Humm?||A lone unknown hunter?||A nice size pig!||Another Doe!|
|This doe sees the camera!||And tries to rush back by later!||Maybe behind these trees!||Again behind the trees.|
|Yep! It's still there!||Maybe at night? Nope! It's still there!|
|Who said deer weren't curious?||Just passing through.||Eyes in the night.||More eyes.|
|Darn raccoons!||Were did those apples go? Oh! The Raccoons got them!||Something is making the hair on the back of my neck stand up?||Oh! It is that thing with the bright flashing eye again!|
|Is this thing working?||Darn! It is hard to trigger!||One of those hot, steamy mornings.||Ha! The steam dried up.|
|Chickens!||Doe and fawn.||A nocturnal hippo!||Deer|
|Deer||And More Deer...|
These Trailcam images were taken on our new property located on the Tamiami Trail side of the Everglades National Preserve (Loop Unit). All of these images were taken in 2004.
You must keep in mind that Everglades deer are very small compared to any other place. A monster would weigh 150 lbs, but the average deer is around 75 to 100 lbs. These tiny deer are yearlings. Hopefully after a year or two of eating at my feeder, they will fatten up.
Another constant threat to the deer and hogs are the panthers. A couple of years ago, there were deer and wild hogs everywhere. Now, they are almost non-existent. One of the State or Federal agencies just released some Texas Cougars out in my area to bolster the genetic is the endangered Panthers. So far, they have seemed to decimate all the wild game. It will be a miracle if these two yearling deer survive the year.
Also, please excuse the mess. When we bought this property, it was previously owned by generations of junk collectors. So far, we have filled over five 20 yard dumpsters with junk and removed it from our property. We probably have another five more to go. It all takes time and money.
|This is the first picture taken on our property. A buck.||A Panther or Cougar?||Tiny Doe.||Tiny Buck.|
|More of the same...|
|I was wondering what
was flattening out that
|Look who is back!||And I didn't even see tracks!||And my latest addition.|
The Nuisance Bear!
This bear started making himself home on our Everglades property one evening. He came back three nights in a row that I am sure of because we have an Audio/Video surveillance system that I had just installed. It is a very nice system that has three cameras and microphones. (It is capable of four.) I watched him take a bite out of our pool, a cedar chest and numerous other things before he grabbed a 12 pack of Diet Coke before he ran off for the night. As you can see, he has been tagged twice as a nuisance bear. Hopefully, I can get the Game and Freshwater Fish Commission out to capture him again. He is a real pest!
These photographs are placed in chronological order. The time and date is stamped in the lower right corner of the image. As an example, "22 23:13" is telling you that the picture was taken on the 22 day of the month at 23:13 hours military time. (11:13 PM)