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    Had a male going around and around a female for over an hour and a half.
    then the camera seems to had stopped (cheap one off ebay)
    Usually have 1 seen on camera visiting the feeding house, always seem to be only 1 at a time so never sure if its the same 1?
    But such a treat to see there is more.

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    Hi Gary101a

    Nice to hear you have a male and female there. A good start in the hope for some hoglets! Yes, the circling sometimes goes on for hours, although the circle often ‘drifts’ out of view of the camera and sometimes one or other of the hogs gets fed up and wanders off!

    Re. the camera, you might want to check the batteries. It’s often problems with them that makes the cameras do strange things, i.e. stop recording and have flashing images when on video. Night time video does eat up a lot of battery power. Most people seem to find that ordinary batteries just don’t work for long. I got through dozens of them in a fairly short time, when I got my first camera. Lithium ones last longer, but I have been using rechargeable ones for years now. (even though most cameras say they aren’t recommended). It’s best, though, if you use rechargeable ones, to use the maximum number that fit in the camera. You’ll probably need to use at least 6, preferably 8 (or more if the camera will take more). Also to use ones with as high an mAh as possible. The ones I use are 2300 and 2500, but you can get ones with higher amounts. With ones with low mAh the power just doesn’t last long enough. Make sure that the power level on the camera shows at least 2 bars at the start of a night. I tend to charge the batteries daily for the camera which has the most activity, but can somtimes get away with 2 or sometimes 3 days on quieter ones.

    Good luck and happy hog watching. Fingers crossed for some hoglets later on!


    very cheap camera, which is the main issue. i use rechargeable 2300 AA. only takes 4, replaced most days. keep thinking of investing in a real one.

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    Hi gary101a

    That’s the problem then. Most cameras need 6v and rechargeable ones are only 1.2v (as opposed to 1.5v for normal ones). So 4 rechargeable batteries only make 4.8v. Not enough for the camera to work properly.

    If you’re getting another one and hoping to use rechargeable batteries, I would try to get one with the facility for at least 8 batteries. Even some of the cheaper ones have room for 8.

    Good luck.

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