“There can be no better feeling then actually watching a leopard trigger a camera trap that you personally put in position”
After the wonderful success, in capturing two leopards, in one of our camera traps last week I decided to put it back in the same place. After ensuring the batteries were charged and the memory card was empty I scaled up the mountain to the rocky shelf. A nearby tree is the perfect height, allowing me to secure the camera without intruding any potential animal movements. As soon as an animal moves onto the shelf the camera would be triggered. The camera was set to take a still photograph and then revert to 20 seconds of film/video. My reason for choosing this was that I wanted to get an identification shot and then try capture some behaviour. Looking back I now realise that in this position I must either set it purely for stills, or alternatively I must allow the camera to record for a greater period of time. I believe that this will allow us more of a view into the behaviour and dynamics of the leopards utilising the area.
Needless to say we captured some phenomenal pictures in the last 10 days or so.