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Sightings on Cams Recorded in February 2006

Discuss the Orpen (KNP), Satara (KNP), Addo and Nossob (KTP) webcams
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Unread postby cybeR@NGER » Sun Feb 26, 2006 12:02 pm

yvonne wrote:Did you all miss the ellies

I missed them :cry: Nice ellies yvonne !
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Unread postby Katja » Sun Feb 26, 2006 2:49 pm

More elephant pics. Credits go to Elaine.

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Unread postby la lionne » Sun Feb 26, 2006 9:04 pm

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Unread postby la lionne » Mon Feb 27, 2006 8:56 am

A lot of Fog this morning.

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Unread postby sable2006 » Mon Feb 27, 2006 2:16 pm

zebras there now and lots of them

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Unread postby la lionne » Mon Feb 27, 2006 2:19 pm

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Unread postby la lionne » Mon Feb 27, 2006 6:32 pm

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Unread postby Bothali » Tue Feb 28, 2006 12:40 pm

ronphx wrote:Could this be showing eyes on the horizon with reflection in the water??? I am new to the cam and I have seen these type of "lights" before, but not reflected like this. What would cause this if it were NOT eyes of animals in the distance ??
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I'm no expert on the reflection of light etc., but I know that there is sometimes eyeshine above and around the water. Eyeshine is not only caused by animals, but also by insects as my son and I have noticed on our nightdrives in KNP. It certainly looks as if this particular one is a reflection of the eyeshine. But you'll often see other little lights, which I think are probably insects.

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Sightings on Cam 28/2/06

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Tue Feb 28, 2006 1:29 pm

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Unread postby bothahe » Tue Feb 28, 2006 4:06 pm

ronphx wrote:Could this be showing eyes on the horizon with reflection in the water??? I am new to the cam and I have seen these type of "lights" before, but not reflected like this. What would cause this if it were NOT eyes of animals in the distance ??



Eyeshine is a complex subject.

Eyeshine is caused by the light bouncing off the back/retina of the eye. The extra pass of the light through the eye improves vision and we see it as eyeshine.

you can see the same thing with humans with the red eye problem when photographing with a flash.

you can however make a guess at what type of animal it is through the eyeshine.

a predator would have forward facing eyes. When you see two eyes close together facing forward it would be a predator.

A herbivore will typically have only one eye shining, because the eye's are on opisite sides of the head.

insects, especially months and spiders, will also show significant eyeshine and the small light spots that frequent the webcam are likely to be insects.

Birds like nightjars also have significant eyeshine.

It is however a myth that the colour of the eyeshine varies between predators and prey.

The eye shine in your photo is a predator. But I can not say for certain which type. It could even be a crocodile in the water that found it's way into the waterhole. But if it is a reflection the size and spacing of the eyeshine suggests that it is something large like a lion or hyena.

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Unread postby DuQues » Tue Feb 28, 2006 5:47 pm

Personally I have the idea that you are looking at the reflection of the moon, divided by the tree on the far side...
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Unread postby arks » Wed Mar 01, 2006 1:27 am

DuQues wrote:Personally I have the idea that you are looking at the reflection of the moon, divided by the tree on the far side...


I agree. It's the right time of the month for a small moon that size.
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Unread postby ronphx » Wed Mar 01, 2006 4:50 am

Thank you Bothali, Bothahe, Duques, Luislang, and Arks.
I appreciated your responses, very informative! Looking forward to my own personal first sighting of larger animals on the webcam...have only seen cam Cat, our Owl and eye shine so far.
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Unread postby luislang » Wed Mar 01, 2006 11:33 pm

arks wrote:
DuQues wrote:Personally I have the idea that you are looking at the reflection of the moon, divided by the tree on the far side...


I agree. It's the right time of the month for a small moon that size.


The reason I thought it could not be the moon was because the 28th of February 2006 it was New Moon in South Africa. :!: :?: :whistle:

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Unread postby arks » Wed Mar 01, 2006 11:39 pm

:lol: :redface: New moon in Cambridge, MA, as well luislang. My mistake as I'd thought it was a day or two after. This way we can all keep on guessing :lol: :whistle:
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