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Night spotting

Unread postby moobox » Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:30 pm

Hello everyone

So, there's a lot of talk about people driving around looking for sightings and jossling for position to see what there is to see and to be quite honest with y'all, I spend enough of my life doing that on the Gauteng freeways and roads to be bothered doing it when in a game park. But when I do go to a game park, some of the most pleasant time is spent in the evening. Sitting around and speaking quietly and listening to what's going on. And I think there is a heck of a lot going on because when I listen I hear a heck of a lot of different sounds and rustles and stuff out in the dark.

I'm thinking that I would like to see if I can see some of the things I'm listening to. Does anyone else have this thought? And if you do this, what do you do to get sight? Do you have night optics? Do you have a big spotlamp? Seems a bit sacriligeous to me to shine a big light up in the trees or down into the bushes. But I'm a town boy and if the folks that know these things say it's all good then that's what it will be I guess.

Sorry, I'm just asking questions mostly.

Cheers - Ed

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Re: Night spotting

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Sep 06, 2013 6:23 am

Hi Ed, I like your post :wink: and couldn't agree with you more.

Closing my eyes and just listening has for me always been a great pleasure.

I do have a mag-lite that I sometimes use, but I am always very careful about animal eyes. Owls in particular have very sensitive retinas.

Using smell and sound senses brings a completely different aspect into the bush experience.
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