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    And here's the star crossed lovers or maybe they are self quarantining

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    East wind blowing out on the Wes Kus which means soaring temperatures and blue skies.

    Just the sort of day to hide in the garage and carry out an oil change on Jaeger Defender.

    Holding thumbs that all goes well. If not I can always blame it on CV19 I guess

    Caught this carnivorous critter at one of the sites. Any thoughts as to what he might be? A full update later once I clean the oil out from beneath my finger nails
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Newnham View Post
    Caught this carnivorous critter at one of the sites. Any thoughts as to what he might be?
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    Riverine rabbit or a scrub hare?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian.McM View Post
    Riverine rabbit or a scrub hare?
    My first thought was also a riverine rabbit, got quiet excited about possibly finding a new clan of the little critters. Made contact with the RR specialists and they very helpfully pointed out the differences between a RR and a red rock rabbit. Thinking is that this is possibly Smith's red rock rabbit.

    What ever it is, it likes lamb shanks.

    ID season started early so I bait the traps for the next 4 or 5 weeks. SWAMBO kindly donated the shank after another turned out to be well and truly frot, she wasn't prepared to risk opening up the other one. Lucky rabbit

    In the middle of load shedding, but when Eskom decide to give us back power I've got a nice picture to share. First shot of a Brownie using white flash and a leg stripe pattern I can actually say is usable.

    Also running some tests on a couple of cameras. Initial results are showing a high failure rate which is disappointing but, it might explain the low incident of triggers at some of the sites.

    Keep safe.
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    I did not want to ask about the municipality and Eskom. Eish!

    Is that why the lamb shank went vrot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian.McM View Post
    I did not want to ask about the municipality and Eskom. Eish!

    Is that why the lamb shank went vrot?
    Up until a year or so ago we were pretty much exempt from load shedding. The line that supplies Port Nolloth was also supplying Namibia I'm told. Eskom changed that and now we suffer with the rest of South Africa. It doesn't help when our illustrious municipality get mentioned in dispatches by Eskom in terms of agreements breached.

    Anyway seems the two parties have kissed and made up so, for now, we only have a lights out situation when load shedding rears its ugly head or when substations blow up. The latter becoming a more frequent event.

    But no, I cannot blame Eskom or a lack of power on the vrot shank. Seems it was vrot when bought from the shop. Given that these were a treat I bought for SWAMBO when I was away on one of my trips last year I couldn't really take them back hence Brownie bait that turned into Rabbit bait

    And on the subject of blame, I have to take some. Last night we had load shedding from 20:00 to 22:30. SWAMBO normally drops all the circuit breakers except for the lights during load shedding.

    Last night being the good husband I did this but, also dropped the mains breaker as well, so at 23:00 after cursing Eskom and anybody remotely connect with it SWAMBO decided to go to bed. In doing so she noticed that the rest of the Port was lit up. I guess I'm not going to get the job of dropping circuit breakers again for a while

    Access to Kleinzee seal colony remains "locked down" to coin a phrase and probably will be for the foreseeable future.

    Rather than have 3 cameras sitting idle at home I started ID season early and took advantage of the extra cameras to open up a couple of sites in Holgat.

    Having used strobe for previous ID seasons without much success, I decided to run some tests before deploying. I planted two cameras outside the side gate, one on top of the other. One with a white flash or strobe, the other with a black flash.

    Results were pretty disappointing with a percentage of failed triggers, i.e. either one or the other cameras failing to trigger or, specifically with the strobe camera, failing to record an image even though the strobe fired during testing.

    Testing continues in Holgat.

    The first week variances were just too bad to be true so they were scrubbed. 2nd week are looking very much like initial testing results. One more week then I'll swap flash units in the cameras to see if the problem moves or stays with the one camera. After that it a friendly email to suppliers to see if they will swap the failing unit. Something they have done readily in the past so not expecting any different outcome this time around.

    Having the extra cameras, allowing for two at one site, and time on my hands I'm just overly curious about how the units actually perform in the field.

    A helpful Brownie came along to act as a test subject early one morning. The black flash took 12 series of 5 images. The strobe 3 series of single images. Not a problem because the black flash recycles much quicker than the strobe, the strobe is also limited to one image per trigger. However, according to camera counters the strobe triggered 4 times but only recorded 3 images on the SD card. From my "IT days" we would call that a known error.

    Thankfully one of those triggers produced a really nice image of a leg stripe pattern that I can safely say is 100% usable for ID confirmation. Now I need the same guy to pitch up again in the next couple of weeks and show me his left, right and centre profiles

    Weather wise we've had a few days with good rains. Last week a 30mm deluge unloaded on The Port. This has resulted in, as you can image, a transformation across the veld. even teh salt pan looked like a small lake. Holgat river, didn't run but, the flowers starting to show their heads make the walk a very pleasant experience.

    We are too far up to say what the Namaqualand flower routes are looking like but if this rain continues it could well be a spectacular year. Hopefully some folk will be able to enjoy it. If not I'll post some pics if I get down that way.

    Oh, and if anyone is wondering, Jaeger Defenders oil change went well. Only had to call for a power bar from a friend, otherwise completed all by myself. Feeling pleased

    Keep safe
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    Murphy's law that we have one of the best flower seasons in years, and very few can get to visit it.

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    Keith,

    I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed your updates.

    So much so that I borrowed a trail cam from a friend and put it up in the garden for a week and captured a duiker coming in to eat the carrot ends I accidentally left lying around.


    Keep them coming!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LandyAndy View Post
    Keith,

    I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed your updates.

    So much so that I borrowed a trail cam from a friend and put it up in the garden for a week and captured a duiker coming in to eat the carrot ends I accidentally left lying around.


    Keep them coming!
    Thanks Landyandy. Just be careful though. Like alcohol and cigarettes they can become addictive but, I suspect even Madam Zol would be hard pressed to find a reason to ban them

    What brand / model of camera were you using ? I might be needing to change if my tests keep on coming up with negatives
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Newnham View Post
    Thanks Landyandy. Just be careful though. Like alcohol and cigarettes they can become addictive but, I suspect even Madam Zol would be hard pressed to find a reason to ban them

    What brand / model of camera were you using ? I might be needing to change if my tests keep on coming up with negatives

    Keith, I'll have to check for you this weekend.

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    How about more news from the Port, Keith. How are the flowers doing?

    Only fertilizer bombs, witnesses ducking Zondo, and apparent Covid tender fraud out here in the big world. All very depressing.

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    Agree with you Ian, the world is not a happy place at the moment, even tensions on The Forum are rising at a faster pace than a feeding frenzy at the PPE trough. Happily those found guilty by the corruption committee will be severely punished. Hmm, first we had the NCCC, which is the root cause of much of our stress, and now we have a subset of it which I'm sure will be abbreviated to CCC. I think its a plan to make us all C sick

    But there is hope. I discovered endorphins mid way through ID season.

    Never mind social distancing, masks and washing hands I need more endorphin charged moments.

    After a successful walk through the river bed servicing cameras , tracking a couple of Ostriches on the climb out while carry 15kgs of barb wire that had been lying there for 4 years I finally reach Jaeger Defender. Just sitting there, Tracy Chapman in the earphones, Annie Lennox up next, not a soul within 50 kms of me. Only my tracks showing the way out, Richtersveld mountains a distant massif on the horizon. Blue skies and a gentle breeze. Instant stress relief.

    I would suggest you try it but, for some that might be difficult thanks to our rational regulations. Soon folks, hang in there.

    As far as the Wes Kus is concerned we have had an uptick in cases and Port Nolloth is now an official contributor to the numbers.

    Seems a local health worker visited friends in EC and came back with more than she expected. Carried on working after testing positive until police had a quiet word with her.

    On top of that little episode, we've also experienced a mini invasion from both EC and WC when a large number of folk pitched up and decided that if Alexkor was going belly up they might as well just walk into the diamond fields and help themselves.

    4 years I've been trying to get onto that property. Clearly I've been doing it wrong by asking for permission, should have just walked through the fences such that they are.

    On to happier news. One of my lockdown projects is bearing fruit, or rather vegetables.

    Built a couple of raised beds when we first moved in because the sandpit garden isn't capable of supporting life. Unfortunately, I built them where the sun doesn't shine and so they became as productive as the rest of the sandpit.

    Now, in new positions, I'm looking forward to a harvest of spinach, beetroot, carrots, tomatoes, potatoes, butternut and gem squash. The last two just sprouted themselves when I spread out the compost heap onto the sand pit. I guess I had better not count my proverbial chickens just yet, east wind days, of which we are having too many, are not a vegetables best friend.

    Getting quiet carried away with this gardening thing. Takes me back to my days as a lad in the UK and weekends at the family allotments. Ah, those were the days. If we knew then what we know now.

    ID season has come and gone and with it confirmation that one of my cameras is FUBAR and is now on its way back for a swap out. I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Chris at Camera traps SA is a great guy, he's a better salesman as well

    Looks like I'll be getting two new cameras. If SWAMBO asks, I'm building up the courage to tell her they're my birthday present to myself.

    New camera brand,at least for me, Spypoint Dark Force models. Chris sent me a short video of a fox scent marking at night. Blows away anything I've ever gotten with the Cuddebacks. Will have to see if it performs as well for me. Specs look impressive especially trigger speed which is faster than my Reconyx.

    Had an interesting chat with a gent who appears to be working on part of an EIA. An application has been put in to mine heavy minerals from the shoreline south of Holgat river.

    It's on Alexkor property which is heavily mined already. I'm worried though that the additional human presence is going to upset the few Brown hyena we have in this area. While the area desperately needs jobs I'm not so sure this is the way forward. Will be interesting to find out who is planning on mining and how far the application has progressed.

    Rainfall hasn't delivered on its early promise but plant life, especially in the river bed continues to bloom. Some pics attached showing more of the variety to be found.

    Out on the SANP property, camera traps have continued to reflect the reduction in general wild life numbers although pleasing to see towards the end of July Caracal on two cameras over consecutive nights. These cameras are 5 or so kms apart so I suspect it's different animals.

    My new security boxes have proven themselves. Until now placement of camera traps has always been limited due to the absence of something solid to fix them to. Now I can plant them almost anywhere and while not totally immune to theft it will take a more determined effort to get to the camera. If they dig the whole thing out I can confirm its hard work carrying them any distance

    This video shows a Brownie over pasting on a paste mark I had found the previous week. For me a first, and a big thanks goes out to my mate Cobus who wields a better welding torch than I ever will.



    Camera can stay there until I get access to Kleinzee seal colony, which is still suffering from regulation rationality. Maybe if we get to level 2 or, maybe I should just join up with the next band of diamond entrepreneurs that march their way through The Port.

    Keep safe, stay strong and take whatever positives you can from these challenging times.

    @LandyAndy, you owe me an answer and some pics would be nice
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Dold View Post
    Keith - Any idea when we will see early results of the recent hyena survey which you took part in last year?
    Hi Paul, Ingrid who is my "contact" into the world of hyena conservation is busy in Germany working on a wolf / human conflict challenge so I don't get to chat to her as often as I used to. I think between Covid 19 and wolves she is being kept very busy.

    This however popped up on the Hyena Specialist Group Facebook page. Initial results suggest that Brownies have become much more widespread within South Africa which is great news. Just need to understand densities and how they reclaimed some of their lost territory. Naturally or through translocation into game farms and protected areas.

    http://conservationnamibia.com/articles/cnam2020-spotted-hyaenas.php
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    Good news Keith!
    Thanks for the update.

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    When one gets to the ripe old age of 67 its not a good thing to wish away the days. This last month though has been one of those months that you wouldn't wish on your enemy.

    It started well enough, camera traps, ID season images to sort through and, surprisingly more blue sky sunshine days than mist and wind in the middle of winter.

    First off access to Kleinsee seal colony remains tantilisingly just out of reach. I'm hoping that with LD level 2 now settled in things might change.

    Waiting for my new cameras to be delivered and then I'll start knocking on that door again.

    Also got chatting to a local ex diamond diver, same age as me but this gent is way fitter than me. No longer diving but still working the field along the shoreline. Hectic life but if you find the big one very rewarding. He tells me that thereís a new sheriff in town or at least a new CEO at Alexkor. Maybe its time to go back to Alexander Bay.

    Then early in August, out walking with Aesir. He disappears as usual into the Sandveld only to return 10 minutes later limping. Thinking he had picked up a thorn I wasnít too worried. Close inspection of all four paws show nothing so simple.
    A visit to Springbok vet confirms my worst fears. Torn cruciate ligaments right back leg.

    Not only must it have been sore for the poor guy but also not so clever for my bank balance. It resulted in a trip to Cape Town for some bone breaking, an implant a little bit of cartilage scraping and then stitching his knee back together. Sometime vets can give too much details. The thought of broken bones does nothing for me. Thankfully he was still flying high on morphine for the 8 hour drive back after the op

    Happily, he's had his stitches out and follow up xrays appear to show a successful operation. For the last couple of days, Iíve been sleeping on a mattress on the floor is a spare room. Our bed is quite high, and heís not supposed to be running or jumping for a while. Two chances of that happening with this guy. At least he doesnít get to jump on the bed. Rehabilitation process has started so itís back to lock down level 5 length walks. 5 minutes morning and evening into the dunes outside our back gate. As you can see his "don't lick it collar" lasted 2 days. SWAMBO made him a new one which lasted a while longer but he's been quite good about the licking business.

    The old saying is that bad news comes in threes and sure enough along comes the third bit of news. Our neighbour tells us she might have been exposed to a CV19 positive person. Since she told us this two hours after sitting outside enjoying coffee, at a socially acceptable distance, we all decide that discretion is the better part of valor and so enter into a period of self quarantine.

    You can image the happy atmosphere in the house. Dog confined to the garden and banished from the bed, husband confined to the house and sleeping on the floor sharing a mattress with a large dog and SWAMBO trying really hard to keep smiling. Actually, she does a great job, if I say Iím an optimist SWAMBO was my teacher.

    Thankfully all things CV19 turned out to be a non event although it certainly plays on your mind.

    To celebrate the end of my quarantine I accepted an offer to explore the western side of SANP property. This side of the property is much sandier with some large dunes that are not so slowly walking their way North East.

    Part of the perimeter fence line that was only completed 2 years back has been swallowed up or left high and dry hanging in the air.

    What was a surprise was the number of flowers on display. Not the wall to wall shows from further south but way more than Iíve seen since arriving here. Pictures donít do the displays credit but give an idea of the scenery.

    And now with August behind me and September looming large, I look forward to a new puppy, new cameras and with luck some interesting captures from those out in the field.

    A visit from a 4x4 forum community member towards the end of the month will provide an excuse to go exploring again.

    Yip, itís going to be a great start to Spring.

    Keep safe and stay positive
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    All is well that ends well, Keith.

    So glad that Aesir's surgery turned out well, and delighted to hear that he (and you) will be getting a new companion to share your outings soon. Looking forward to lots of detail and pictures on that front.

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    Keith: Thank you for the photo of that absolutely astonishing plant with the orange trumpet flowers. Any idea what it is? We were up there looking at flowers the previous week (Niewoudtville and Namaqua Park coastal section). Its a great season this year, but we still feel envious about your find.

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    Hi RodS

    according to http://pza.sanbi.org/harveya-squamosa

    The plant is a Harveya squamosa. A strange root parasite, commonly seen with the whole plant coloured a glorious red to orange or, rarely, all sulphur yellow, with no trace of green.

    This plant is a perennial, parasitic herb ranging between 200 and 400 mm high. It is a total or holoparasite, lacking all chlorophyll. Hence it cannot photosynthesise and is fully dependent on its host for all its nutrients. It attaches itself to the roots of the host by means of a prominent, tuberous, vascular organ called a haustorium. Through this, it absorbs all it needs from the host.

    Have to confess I spotted it but SANP ranger id'd it. In his defence he was trying to navigate a trackless stretch of sand at the time

    Very interesting in as much as I never knew such plants existed. This time of year I spend more time taking pics of individual flowers than I do walking. I'm told there are many still undescribed species waiting to be found. One day I might get lucky
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Newnham View Post
    Hi RodS

    according to http://pza.sanbi.org/harveya-squamosa

    The plant is a Harveya squamosa. A strange root parasite, commonly seen with the whole plant coloured a glorious red to orange or, rarely, all sulphur yellow, with no trace of green.

    Thanks Keith. Your description is just as fascinating as the pic.

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