Well, not exactly what we wanted to see, but not unexpected.
Still, we had great fun setting it up (strapped to the drainpipe) not so much running out at 11:00 at night to take it down before the rain started! There is nothing in the specs mentioning it being waterproof, so I guess this is something we'll have to do. Snowlynx plans on building a little boxed sort of shelter for it as a New Year's carpentry project.
The forecast is saying rain for the next week, so doesn't look as though we'll be getting any night photos of foxes for awhile yet!
He's made a housing for it, by drilling a small hole in a large plastic tupperware box. So far it appears to be leak-proof, and it sits on a tripod straddling our fire basket so it doesn't get knocked over by the wind.
It's extremely odd looking, but effective. I'll have to take a photo of it and upload it. He likes tinkering with diy gadget projects.
I think you will find that most trail cameras are weather proof, so I would not worry about leaving it out. Mine are left out in all weathers after all they are designed to catch wildlife.
Happy New Year Helen & Rowanberry.
The trail camera should have an IP rating as part of its specification.
IP stands for Ingress Protection followed by two digits. The first digit indicates the level of protection against dust and other types of solids. The second digit relates to the level of water proofing. If the IP rating on your trail camera is IP44 or higher then your camera will be protected. Each rating is in the range 0 to 8. Therefore the higher the rating the greater the protection.
Thanks for that info Harold. It is this camera: AUCEE Hunting Camera, 12MP 1080P Full HD Trail Camera Infrared Wildlife Camera with Night Vision up to 65FT, 2.4 inch LCD Screen, IP56. So that sounds a bit promising according to the IP rating.
Rowanberry is down with the flu. She hopes to be back on her feet tomorrow.
One of my IP's is 66 which is -40C - 70C, my other two which are quite old are IP44 and are -22 -+158F both are waterproof. This might give you a range of temperatures - as you are in between these IPs your cam will be fine out in all weathers. What I do find is that when it is very frosty the picture or video is very foggy and when the frost has melted the lens needs a wipe.