Wildlife Photography with a DIY Motion-Triggered Camera

Even if you live in a big city, chances are you have some wild raccoons or foxes that cannot abide a vertical trash barrel. While apparently omnipresent, these phantasmic critters usually vanish in the night leaving only a shameless trail of refuse you never wanted to see ever again. While I haven’t found a way to stop them, I can help you snap some photos of the dastardly creatures.

Let us get to know our enemy better by building a motion-triggered wildlife camera.


  • Arduino
  • Servo
  • Ping ultrasonic sensor
  • Wire
  • Camera
  • Project enclosure
  • 9 volt battery
  • Barrel jack connector
  • Hot glue

Step 1 Modify Enclosure

Cut holes for the ping sensor, camera lens, and camera flash. I used a disposable camera, but an old digital one would work better. You can remove the infrared filterif you want to hook up a night vision flash.

Wildlife Photography with a DIY Motion-Triggered Camera

My disposable camera had a flash-charge button.

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