A scientific study on wildlife detection with different thermal cameras

Here’s an interesting – open access – paper that one of Australia’s top mammalwatchers, Rohan Clarke, and his team in Australia just released.  They compared three different thermal cameras and their effectiveness in detecting Plains-wanderers (a bird, albeit a mammalish one in my opinion) in Australian grassland.

In a nutshell: you get what you pay for. Indeed you might be better not getting the cheapest of the cameras at all and sticking to a spotlight instead.

The full paper is here – I am very happy to see these sort of studies looking at how useful this still quite new piece of mammalwatching kit really is. Meanwhile am still waiting for someone to calculate the optimal speed for driving while spotlighting!



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Jon Hall


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