Birds, Leps, Observations & Generalities - the images and ramblings of Mark Skevington. Sometimes.

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Charnwood Lodge - Traptastic

After a fair bit of effort last night, me and Adrian had managed to deploy no less than 16 traps between us running of 5 gennies, plus a light over a sheet on the small Honda. This morning we made a start at 5ish, which was a good 45 minutes or so after dawn but there you go. This heralded four and a half hours of collating traps, reeling in cables, collecting gennies and emptrying traps. Lots of filled pots with stuff to check and photograph, lots of bytes of digital dictation of trap contents, and of course the obligatory coffe and bacon sarnies to smooth the process. It's going to take a while to get the list sorted, IDs checked and photography finished.

In the meantime, here's some trap-porn! Phwoar - look at the filaments on that .....

16 traps x c10mins emptying = c2 hours and 40 minutes of anticipation

The MAD trap - 160W blended, 20W CFL actinic, 11W standard CFL

The CFL actinic delux - 5 x 20W (except 1 didn't work)

A 125W clear MV - more UV, less eye protection ...

The 11W Synergetic (new dual-peak green actinic) on a debut outing

The 250W metal halide, with the 80W/100W actinic/tungsten combo in the background

A 22W actinic ring with tungsten filling

This is en entirely natural occurrence, and in no way contrived. The two elephants often meet up on Rhododendron ...

1 comment:

Trent Duval said...

Great set-up Mark, look forward to the contents list, and since reading the blog, a nice bacon sandwich sounds appealing.