What the camera trap caught #3

After the phenomenal success that the camera traps have been providing, I decided to change the location and try and cover some other areas on the same rock. Check out some of the new images…

Here you can see a large male caught by camera just after midday.
Here you can see a large male caught by camera just after midday.
Three days later and again the camera caught the same male at a similar time in the middle of the day. It appears my theory about enjoying the trees shade may have worked. One problem however was that unknowingly I had chosen a deciduous tree and as you can see in this picture it was loosing its leaves quickly. Needless to say this camera took no more pictures of leopards in the following two weeks. I have since removed the camera. Lesson learnt.
Three days later and again the camera caught the same male at a similar time in the middle of the day. It appears my theory about enjoying the trees shade may have worked. One problem however was that unknowingly I had chosen a deciduous tree and as you can see in this picture it was loosing its leaves quickly. Needless to say this camera
took no more pictures of leopards in the following two weeks. I have since removed the camera. Lesson learnt.
The camera did, however, photograph the top parts of a large Indian porcupine. Coming from South Africa, I never imagined that porcupines would enjoy rocky areas, but here it is high up on the granite kopjes that they enjoy life the most. Tracks, scat, quills and partially eaten Neem Tree trunks all support this hill dwelling being's lifestyle.
The camera did, however, photograph the top parts of a large Indian porcupine. Coming from South Africa, I never imagined that
porcupines would enjoy rocky areas, but here it is high up on the granite
kopjes that they enjoy life the most. Tracks, scat, quills and partially eaten Neem Tree trunks all support this hill dwelling being’s lifestyle.

Now for a wonderful sequence captured at my favourite camera trap site. Over a period of just under two hours the most wonderful interaction between mother and sub-adult cub is caught. In the first sequence you can see the mother arriving on the rock. Note the big gash/cut on her back.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTztKLCCaQw[/youtube]

In this video which the camera trap took on another day, she is actually calling for her sons. Two minutes later and one of her sons is up on the rock. In this image her son can be seen helping his mother by licking and cleaning her wound on her rear. A place otherwise quite difficult to reach. That is what family is for!

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJHmg8cHNY4[/youtube]

Isn’t it wonderful what these hidden camera traps can reveal to us? Stay tuned for more!

Written by Adam Bannister

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