Finding nocturnal wildlife is always a challenge. One of our more high-tech devices used in the garden at night is a Thermal Imaging Scope. This device picks-up infrared light waves that are emitting from every object in our environment. These energy waves are scanned by a phased array of infrared-detector elements and create a very detailed temperature pattern called a thermogram. Once a heat signature is detected, a conventional light is used to identify the animal. Many roosting birds are also found during these surveys, demonstrating how important habitat is for animals even to get a good night’s sleep!
Below are some stills and a video from our thermal imaging scope: