In the background of the camera image the deer flock can hazily be seen wandering around – roughly where our camera was located in the first half of autumn.
Screencap caught by Omar
Estonian text posted by the Animal of the Year Team 28.11.2017
Our viewers have surely noticed that there is no direct image from the deer camera since days back. ” he cloudy and dull autumn weather has not been good for keeping solar powered cameras working”, says Omar Neiland, responsible for the camera technology. ”The roe deer camera too struggles with a chronic power shortage. The location is only accessible with difficulties, far from roads and settlements and doesn’t allow getting there with vehicles to change the batteries because of the soft ground. So to get a look at the doings of the roe deer we have to hope for sunny days to arrive soon”
So, if there is no sun, there is no power. On a clearer morning the camera managed to show images for an hour and a half, and the deer were then also visible at once. In dull and cloudy weather however the panels only produce 5% of their nominal capacity which is not sufficient to keep the system going. But we will find something in the nearest future to solve the problem because now the roe deer have their period of herd living and it is interesting to observe when the antlers disappear and how large the flocks will be that arrive in camera view in the field.