This is a camera trap.
It’s a movement-activated camera that takes still pictures and movies; conventional images by day and infra-red images by night.
The infra-red flash/spotlight is invisible to animals, so they aren’t even aware they’re on camera.
It’s paparazzi for critters.
And here’s a short nighttime movie showing a large-spotted genet making an after hours visit to Birdsong recently. We’d placed a few nibbles in the tree that overhangs the swimming pool, and set up the camera for a trial run. And the genet obligingly pitched up and took a few unwitting selfies.
The large-spotted genet is a cat (obviously), about half a metre long. So rather bigger than a domestic cat. And very beautifully marked. Nocturnal, and a good tree climber, it generally eats rodents and small mammals. And it enjoys nibbles by the pool. It’s a cool cat.
Next on our cam-trap ‘trophy’ list; a leopard. All we need to do is tie a live baby goat to the tree. Just kidding. Maybe a pork chop or two.