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An audio/video surveillance system for wildlife


Gula, R and Theuerkauf, Jr and Rouys, S and Legault, A., An audio/video surveillance system for wildlife, European Journal of Wildlife Research, 56, (5) pp. 803-807. ISSN 1612-4642 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1007/s10344-010-0392-y


We report 7 years of experience with an inexpensive and reliable continuous audio/video recording system. The main components of the system are commercial, infrared illuminator surveillance cameras, mini microphones and portable digital video recorders, powered by deep cycle lead-acid batteries. We used the system for monitoring 41 broods of four endemic bird species in tropical rainforests of New Caledonia. We recorded for over 22,000 h in total. We kept the system at nests for a maximum period of 7 months, and the longest time we continuously recorded for was 58 days. We watched the recordings at 24-36 times speed and were able to recognise individuals, quantify their behaviour and document visits of predators. The system proved its applicability in behavioural studies of nesting birds, but we believe it is appropriate for continuous monitoring of any site frequently visited by wildlife. © 2010 Springer-Verlag.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Zoology
Research Field:Animal behaviour
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Legault, A. (Mr Andrew Legault)
ID Code:67228
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:30
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2011-03-01
Last Modified:2011-04-06

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