Whether it is what a professional photographer, if you want to get the residents of the forest, wild animals, especially the rare animals is a very difficult thing. But the smithsonian institution recently released more than 20 photos of wild animals, these photos is all over the world with installation of forests, mountains and savannas across automatically captured by camera traps.
Called Smithsonian project, 5 years in seven countries by camera traps to a large number of valuable wildlife photographs taken. The cameras at the time of animals after automatically taking pictures, some are equipped with night vision equipment, flash and other machinery, and some can shoot video.
Every image has a specific time and space characteristics, is a record of life on earth. “As far as I know, this is the largest remaining similar database” of the Smithsonian institution, said Robert Costello, director of the Smithsonian project “to create such a research level of the treasure is the safest safe choice, it will be used by researchers for a long time.”
The smell of human in just a few miles away can scare away sensitive animals, camera traps will come in handy at this moment. This kind of equipment only thermal images of animals were detected will trigger when taking photos. Its sensors in airtight space to prevent wind or sunshine. Hunters use it to find the animals, the scientists used it to observe secretive animal activity; Assessment of endangered animal populations; You can even find thought extinct animals.
“Many animals leave virtually no sign of their existence, so camera traps for humans is a god-given gift.” Wildlife biologist William McShea said. “rather than looking at a big tuo excrement but don’t know what is the animal, the images are like museum specimens site, species and variety of metadata information collection.” The spent $29000 pilot project used only a small part of the smithsonian more than millions of photos, Costello, McShea and others hope to launch characteristics make it easier for scientists to use and upload the new photos. The team also wants to enlist the public to set the camera traps, a single cost no more than $200 to $600.
“The camera is not top science and technology, I can use 2 hours, ordinary people and even kids how to use” McShea said, “I would be happy to use school system to put these devices in Montana, indiana and other places, and then they take good photos uploaded to our database.” In addition to promote the research in the future, McShea said they can provide a compelling opportunity for people to understand the state of animals in their natural environments. Generally about wildlife photos are modified by human factors, but the infrared automatic trigger phase chance bring us good, bad or ugly photos, you are likely to see the animals in the scratching their privates; Vampire bats harassment mess sample; Even they have sex. May not be what you expect, but it is the most real photos.