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BushCam Adventures attempts to share some of the amazing images, stories and insights that I've collected during my camera-trapping adventures.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

New Ticks and Old Friends

I've enjoyed watching birds for as long as I can remember but have never considered myself a real 'birder'. I guess one of the reasons for this is that I've never been good at keeping lists of birds that I've seen. So I've surprised myself by becoming a bit obsessed with getting camera-trap images of species that I've never captured before.

I've recently spent some time in great wildlife areas of South Africa and have picked up some new 'ticks' as well as recording images of old friends.

A Banded Mongoose (Mungos mungo). These little carnivores are pretty common in the northern parts of South Africa, but since I live in the southern parts, I don't see them often. I'd set up the camera here to attempt to photograph a large python that apparently lived in the hole behind the mongoose. I had no luck with the python but was happy to get some images of these little guys. Mongoose are not averse to attacking snakes but I guess a python is way out of the Banded Mongoose league.

A cropped image of another mongoose, but I'm embarrassed to say I'm not sure whether its a Large Grey Mongoose (Herpestes ichneumon) or a Slender Mongoose (Galerella sanguinea). They are both  slender with a black tipped tail and if I had a good sense of scale it should be easy - since the former is much larger. However I'd guess its a Slender even though my references suggest that this species has a 'bushy' tail.

A Mountain Reedbuck (Redunca fulvorufula). Also, not a rare buck but one that doesn't live near me.

Elephants are difficult to miss but I've never actually got a camera-trap photo of a youngster like this.

Ant then a few shots of mammals that I've often encountered:

A Black-backed Jackal (Canis mesomelas). I doubt there is anything wrong with his leg. I think I just caught him in mid-stride. I think these guys are pretty cool but then I'm not a stock farmer. They are responsible for massive stock losses and are the subject of some intense debate and research at the moment.

A Kudu cow (Tragelaphus strepsiceros). They always look so gentle - I'm amazed they survive against all Africa's large predators.

This Honey Badger (Mellivora capensis), also known locally as a Ratel, appears to have caught something. The preceeding five photos on the camera showed him dashing around in a cloud of dust.

1 comment:

  1. Great images as always!
    That is definately a Slender Mongoose (I got some good photographs of them in the Magaliesberg, for comparison see: http://remotecamera-sa.blogspot.com/search/label/slender%20mongoose )