MY PHOTO PROJECT

I love the winter. This is the time when my wife Mona and I are walking through the woods searching for tracks of animals in our area. Searching for animal tracks is a good activity to discover the different wildlife in your surroundings and you can make a plan for your wildlife photography. We don’t need always walking into the woods to find tracks of the lynx. Sometimes we find them just outside the weekend house. In winter the lynx can get very close to your house at night looking for food.

Lynx tracks

Lynx tracks

Here the lynx was digging to get to the fox under the snow

My dream was to take a picture of this shy wild cat and I started my research to find out more about the lynx. At the same time we observed a golden eagle in our area and I started to search for a good spot for my camera project. In the beginning I just had a trail cam that covered the bait, but the first weeks nothing happened. After four weeks I went up again to check on the bait and already discovered on my way up tracks of the lynx. The dead red fox I laid out four weeks ago was gone and tracks of the lynx were all over the place. Excited I collected the trail cam and walked home to check the memory card. The memory card was filled with videos of the golden eagle and didn’t leave any space for the lynx. Even it was my first time to catch the golden eagle on video I was a bit disappointed not to caught the lynx on video. I needed a bigger memory card.

The first time a golden eagle was eating of my bait

After I lay out the second fox as bait the weather changed and we had several days with heavy snow. The lynx came back and took the second fox, but my camera was under snow and again, no images or videos of the lynx. A few weeks later I finally got lucky and the lynx showed up when the weather got better. This time I also had a bigger memory card in use.

My very first image of the lynx taken by my trail cam

Now I wanted to take photos of the lynx with my Canon cameras and my father-in-law, Ivar Heggelund, build me a motion sensor of parts he purchased in China. Today I also use motion sensors from Camtraptions, which give me more opportunities to take certain pictures.

My camera connected to a motion sensor from Camtraptions

My camera connected to a motion sensor build by my

father-in-law, Ivar Heggelund

In the beginning I started to put my cameras in water-sealed boxes, but after heavy snowfall they where completely covered by snow and didn’t always were able to take pictures when the lynx appeared. In 2019 I started to use tripods to get my cameras a bit higher up from the ground.

My camera in a water-sealed box placed close to my bait. To the right you can see my trail cam and on the top the sensor from Camtraptions.

Here are two of my cameras placed on tripod close to my bait. The camera on the left is equipped with a flash for night photography and both cameras charing one motion sensor.

In the back you can see my hide.

My highest wish for the 2019 season was to take a photo of the lynx under the northern light as a single shot. For this image I needed to use a flash and I got a bit worried about how the lynx will react on the flashlight. It turned out that the lynx didn’t mind the flashlight. Not a perfect image, but a good start.

My first image of a lynx with the northern light in the background.