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Re: Research Camera Traps

Unread post by Son godin » Mon Oct 17, 2011 6:43 pm

Kgalagadi Guru wrote:African Wild Cat
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Now the following picture is what I hoped to see but cannot confirm 100%, but the way it is drinking I guess it is the elusive LEOPARD, what do you guys think (left corner of the picture)
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Now we will have to wait and see what the cam at Houmoed will show us :whistle:


I must also agree with the possibility of an owl. In the above to pics are an AWC and "unknown spotted creature" Compare both cat and "unknown" to the large rock above the date and you will note the AWC is slightly large than "spotty". A leopard would have been much large so close to the camera. Also look at the pics of the cheetahs and you will note their huge size compare to "spotty"
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Unread post by Kgalagadi Guru » Sat Oct 22, 2011 8:19 am

Morning All,

So we went to fetch the camera yesterday, full of excitement in what we would find on the card....and boy were we surprised so much has happened and to the camera as well....clearly the cameras are NOT hyena resistant and they just can’t leave it alone.....
It seems that a spotted hyena were so interested that it tried to get its head through the gap in front...thank goodness that it couldn’t BUT in a way it did get hold of the camera and now I have a cam with a bite mark through it :evil:
Jeremy...if the hyena did this with my cam I don’t want to know what the one looks like which we have lost

The cam is now at Samevloeiing for the next week...hopefully it is still in working order and that the hyena didn’t cause serious damage. I will post a picture of the cam when I go and retrieve it soon.

Other than that here are some pictures taken at Houmoed which clearly is the most successful of the waterholes....Up to date.
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Unread post by Kgalagadi Guru » Sat Oct 22, 2011 8:38 am

Some more General game pictures.

Red Hartebeest
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Gemsbok and Springbok
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Jackal:
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Unread post by Kgalagadi Guru » Sat Oct 22, 2011 8:42 am

Here are some more.

Field Rangers cleaning out the waterholes.
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Unread post by Kgalagadi Guru » Sat Oct 22, 2011 8:57 am

Here are some PREDATOR pictures.

Either a suricate or something investigating the cam.
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Wildebeest
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Spotties- very interested and having a bath.
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Here is the culprit which got hold of my cam.
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Unread post by Kgalagadi Guru » Sat Oct 22, 2011 9:17 am

More pics

Brown Hayena:
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Cape Fox:
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Bat Eared Fox:
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AWC.
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Cheetah:
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Unread post by Kgalagadi Guru » Sat Oct 22, 2011 9:25 am

DRUMROLL PLEASE..........

:bcool:

This is the guy I was waiting to get on the cam......this time I’m 100% sure and it is not an owl.

THE ELUSIVE ONE......
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Well thats all for today, we now have to wait and see what happens at Samevloeiing.

Cheers

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Unread post by Kgalagadi Guru » Fri Oct 28, 2011 3:13 pm

Ok here we go..............

The date and time is wrong due to the batteries which is no more SORRY

I will start with some general pictures which in their own right is quite nice.

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Very Inquisitive one.
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Unread post by Kgalagadi Guru » Fri Oct 28, 2011 3:20 pm

And then came the Field Rangers filling up the waterhole. Strange how they know where the cam will be ...........

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Then making sure that their tracks are NOT visible.
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Night Pics

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Unread post by Kgalagadi Guru » Fri Oct 28, 2011 3:37 pm

African Wild Cat
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Jumpy Gemsbok
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And along came the CARACAL
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Unread post by Kgalagadi Guru » Fri Oct 28, 2011 3:47 pm

Ok....Now for some amazing pics.

Visit from a lion.
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Then visits from Cheetah
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Unread post by Kgalagadi Guru » Fri Oct 28, 2011 3:55 pm

Now I understand what it means when people say they will keep a close eye on you......

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Ok and that was it, hope you enjoy and have a GREAT weekend
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Re: Research Camera Traps

Unread post by Kgalagadi Guru » Sat Oct 29, 2011 11:37 am

Morning BB,
Actually the animals do not see the termite mount as an intruder but more than a new strange object which wasn’t there before and therefore worth investigating.....and before you say something about the hyena going for the cam...the reason is that there is so much human scent on the mount and cam that they don’t know if they can eat it or not so they just 'Taste'.

To prove my point it actually happened this morning when I went to put out the cam at Kij Gamies.

There were talks about lions in the area, so when we got to the waterhole I drove up to the lookout point just to make sure there were no lions around...couldn’t see anything. So we went down (driving) to the waterhole and as we came around the reservoir guess who is lying there waiting...huge black mane lion. Ok...what now...I had to drive back to the look-out point to advise the guests that we are just putting up a camera trap, they were very excited.

So I drove down again, at the T junction I got out of the car to get the camera ready and all the other things which I’m going to need to set up the camera, while doing so I hear my SO saying that there are lions on the road walking towards me, I looked up and there were these three large females heading my way about 50m. I knew they were on their way to the waterhole and I needed to get the camera trap set up as I would like to get some pictures of them.

I drove to the waterhole knowing the females are on their way and that the male is still lying about 15m from the waterhole BUT I needed to get the camera up. I placed the vehicle between me and the male lion, which was about 10m from me. While the SO tried to keep an eye out on what the male was doing and where the females were I got out set the cam trap (In record time I must add). The next moment my SO said that the male was getting up and watching me, now that was my cue of get out of there. So I placed the mount over the cam got into the vehicle and drove off, as we passed the tank the females were there....Eish...and guess what there were 7 tiny cubs with them. I rushed to the lookout point where the guests had a laugh at my expense and they said that was close.

We watched the female’s drinking water and the cubs joined. That was when i remembered that I didn’t tie the cam with cable ties. Well now it was too late and we watched the lions drinking and after a while one of the females went to investigate the mount, she had a sniff and they walked over to the male and lied down not even bothered about the mount. So I do hope that we will get some stunning pics of the lions for next week Friday's show.

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Re: Research Camera Traps

Unread post by Kgalagadi Guru » Fri Nov 04, 2011 1:28 pm

Afternoon All,

As I expected Kij Gamies wasn’t as excited as any of the other waterholes with regards to the variety of species seen during the last week (But then again you have to be there at the right time and right place), although the pictures which we did downloaded was great and I hope you enjoy.

Now the question is where to from here.......maybe Melkvlei

Here are the lions I almost had a close encounter with.
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Re: Research Camera Traps

Unread post by Kgalagadi Guru » Fri Nov 04, 2011 2:23 pm

Here are some night shots.

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General Pics.
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Last days Lions.
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