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Camera Traps

Unread post by Kgalagadi Guru » Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:24 am

During the last week we have been putting out camera traps as a trail run for research in the park (thanks to a very generous forumite). During the trail run we have discovered that these cameras can be used for so many other things such as security, research and to monitor animal movements for new potential activities.

Trap cams were put up next to roads, waterholes and other places of interest and the footage and pictures we got was just amazing. I post some pictures for all top see some of the results.

Brown Hayena - Samevloeiing
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Springbok - Samevloeiing
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On a calcrete ridge.
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At a suricate den.
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Samevloeiing sunrise.
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Re: Research Camera Traps

Unread post by DuQues » Wed Sep 07, 2011 1:18 pm

From the Bushnell logo underneath I suppose they are the GoPro cameras. Which are easily stolen by the intended 'prey':

Not posting much here anymore, but the photo's you can follow here There is plenty there.

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Re: Research Camera Traps

Unread post by A & C » Fri Sep 16, 2011 7:29 pm

Hi all

Here is a picture of the Samevloeiing camera trap :cam: taken just after it was put up.

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Camera trap at a waterhole by Angela & Craig's Photos, on Flickr
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Re: Research Camera Traps

Unread post by Kgalagadi Guru » Mon Oct 03, 2011 12:19 pm

Well at last I have finished the home made termite mount (i believe some forumites have seen it at the waterhole and they have taken some pictures of it which they have said they will post.

The camera is at Kij Kij waterhole and will be there for the next 4 days before we will move it again to the next waterhole (all depends on the animal movement). We have downloaded some pictures it took two night ago and here are some of the pics.


We had plenty jackal action and gemsbok.

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Re: Research Camera Traps

Unread post by Kgalagadi Guru » Thu Oct 06, 2011 2:48 pm

A guest just emailed me the following picture; the quality is not that good as the picture was taken through a closed window. You can clearly see the makeshift termite mount and the lion walking right in front of it.

Now it is just to go and get the SD card and download the pictures :big_eyes:

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Unread post by Kgalagadi Guru » Sat Oct 08, 2011 9:01 am

Yesterday I went to get the camera from Kij Kij, there was 1185 pictures taken (remember that any movement trigger the camera to take a picture) plenty of jackal and doves but then some nice surprises as well.

Lion visiting.
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Caracal
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Brown Hayena

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AWC
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Unread post by WeskusKlong » Mon Oct 10, 2011 9:18 am

Here's a picture of the camera while still at Kij Kij (Monday 3 Oct). I wonder if KG needs someone to regularly go and collect the pictures taken... imagine doing that on a Monday morning :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Unread post by WeskusKlong » Wed Oct 12, 2011 9:25 pm

This is what KG has to endure to get to the camera:

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Re: Research Camera Traps

Unread post by Kgalagadi Guru » Thu Oct 13, 2011 8:07 am

Interesting.........

I was hoping to catch the cheetah mom and her cubs, but it was not to be. Although there was some other interesting animals which made for very nice pictures.

Gemsbok.
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Springbok
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Male Lion
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Re: Research Camera Traps

Unread post by Kgalagadi Guru » Fri Oct 14, 2011 12:39 pm

Morning,

Here are some more pics taken at Leeuwdrill two days ago:

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AWC:
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Lion:
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Secretary Birds:
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Re: Research Camera Traps

Unread post by Kgalagadi Guru » Sun Oct 16, 2011 9:11 am

Morning all,

It is just a pleasure, as long as you enjoy the pics. The data collected on who and what was seen where will also be used for the activities so that we can recognize the patters of game as to how and where to do the game drives and walks.

Here are some more pics from Leeuwdrill, the cam is now at Houmoed.
Some nice secretary bird pictures.
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Well I didn't get the Cheetah cubs but we did get a visit by the three brothers which was realy interested in the cam and even used the ' migrating termite mount' as a rubbing post.
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VERY CLOSE ENCOUNTER

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Re: Research Camera Traps

Unread post by Kgalagadi Guru » Sun Oct 16, 2011 9:22 am

Here are some more pictures from Leeuwdril:

Brown Hayena:
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Lets see who can ID this bird..........
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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:
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Re: Research Camera Traps

Unread post by o-dog » Mon Oct 17, 2011 12:54 pm

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I think its nice to have a final verdict on this pic. Although others may still think leopard, I still think its an owl.
Whatever it is, its not drinking and its away from the waterhole in my opinion. The markings are not that of a leopard and more like that of feathers.
Note the ears of the eagle owl and the back of this bird which is close to the camera.
If it were a leopard drinking, you wouldn't see the back like this.

Ive been privileged to spend a couple of years following leopards at night and my 5c worth is that this is not a leopard drinking. I could be wrong though but I think not.

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Re: Research Camera Traps

Unread post by Kgalagadi Guru » Mon Oct 17, 2011 1:15 pm

Ok....here is a picture of two owls taken at the same waterhole. Now lets start to compare and discuss what it could have been...

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Unread post by Kgalagadi Guru » Mon Oct 17, 2011 2:07 pm

I have tried to compare all the previous pictures taken at the waterhole and come to the conclusion it was something large, i looked at every rock to see if it was in place. Maybe we should say this is the one that got away? :wink:

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