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    Default You never know what's out there

    Living just a short drive from the Koppies west of Krugersdorp my dogs and I spend most weekends early morning walking a good couple of kilometers through some beautiful open veld.

    Having been intrigued by the number of porcupine quills I've found, a brief glimpse of a duiker, a warthog of all things! Monkeys and the odd snake and various scats I decided to invest in a trail camera to see what else shared “my” koppies.

    For the first couple of weeks all that triggered it was a Hadeda and two Vervet monkeys. OK not the most exciting shots but it proves it works.

    Then this morning a red letter day. Picked up three more quills, found a tree still burning from over a week ago and on the camera trap two honey badgers and a water mongoose (i think), oh and another Hadeda.

    The badgers were a real surprise hadn’t expected to see those guys but the tree was also of interest.

    The previous weekend a large part of the veld had burnt, it was still smoking in places Saturday morning with small flames consuming isolated tufts of grass so must have happened on the Friday night.

    I thought OK, some idiot dropping a cigarette butt maybe as the cause.

    The tree though makes me think maybe lightening. Interesting to see it still burning a week later. That is some slow burning wood, just what I need for a braai

    Now would anyone like to hazard a guess as to what dropped the scats? The brass clip on the lead is 7 cms long
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    Keith, the dung looks like warthog to me. What did it taste like?

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    Its black backed jackal scat, almost certain of that. They love to deposit them on rock. Maybe its a way of getting away from the grass sticking up their bum :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Francoisve View Post
    Its black backed jackal scat, almost certain of that. They love to deposit them on rock. Maybe its a way of getting away from the grass sticking up their bum :-)
    You can tell all of that from the taste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobH View Post
    Keith, the dung looks like warthog to me. What did it taste like?
    RobH,A bit like chicken which I thought strange since I haven't seen any on my walks

    It's not the first time I've seen this scat and usually on rocks so maybe you're onto something francoisve
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    Sorry francoisve mammals of Southern Africa just ruled you offside, hope there's no Scottish blood in your family tree where's Doctor Owen when you need him ?
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    How come offside Keith. I was also convinced by the rock theory.
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    Let me guess - It is carnivore poop.
    rooikat? or large snake / leguan?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stranger View Post
    How come offside Keith. I was also convinced by the rock theory.
    Because jackal turds are more sausage like in appearance, and have hair in them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobH View Post
    Because jackal turds are more sausage like in appearance, and have hair in them.
    Should that not be little brass bells, smelling like pepper ? Oh, no sorry, my bad, that's lion poop !

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    Which hills are these exactly?

    In the hills above Silverstar Casino, I've seen Jackal, Duiker and Mountain Reedbuck on my walks/mtb rides. I've also seen, via camera trap footage, Serval and Genets. So, the smaller wildlife is still their and clinging onto the last bits of greenbelt.

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    My farm manager thinks it could be small-spotted genet. He says they also have a habit of crapping on prominent places, like rocks.

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    Hi IMG81 close enough.Given the huge build up of housing over the past few years as you say good to see wildlife still roaming the area.

    Thanks for that RobH.

    No triggers this week but did collect 6 quills in this mornings walk and some more dropping. My guess would be Jackal given the whiteness (Calcium?)
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    I love camera traps, checking them is like opening christmas presents you never know what you are going to get. I just got one of mine back from some baboons that tried to make off with it in the Karoo. Looks like Jackalkak to me too.
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    Just back from an evening at Maropeng. Prof Lee Burger and Dr Brian Kuhn (Urban hyena research project) opened a short exhibition entitled Beasts of the Cradle, combining fossil records from the cradle with Brians camera trap images and explaining the links between the fauna of today and that of yesteryear

    Some such as the giant hyena long since extinct, others like the Brown Hyena almost unchanged in 3 million years

    If you are in the area, a trip to Maropeng over the next 5 weeks will reveal some interesting insights into the natural history of this world heritage site.
    http://www.maropeng.co.za/news/entry...es-at-maropeng

    Unfortunately its been a barren couple of weeks for my solo camera trap.

    Like OwenD says each trip to collect the sd card is like opening Christmas presents.Sometimes it's a pair of socks, sometimes it's that really cool bolt on for the 4x4 of your life. Of late I've been collecting socks

    Collection day tomorow,hope springs eternal
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    Well after a couple of weeks of no images but plenty of small tracks I thought I'd "bait" the camera site to see what happened.

    Dropped some fairly ripe dog food on the large rock, set the camera and went back the next day. Dog food all gone but again no images.

    Now I know this camera triggers and it is set on its most sensitive setting, batteries are good so what’s happening?

    In addition to motion and heat detection it can also be set up in time lapse. This last week I had it set to take an image every hour, 24 hours a day. Once again left some “bait” and held thumbs.

    Looking at the images this morning, within 4 hours most of the bait had disappeared no triggers and no culprits.

    I was thinking small critters such as rats and mice, but then on the second evening around 19:00 when the time lapse trigger fired, this little guy was caught on camera.

    The motion detection and infra-red sensors still didn’t trigger. Compare the after image, whatever it was is defiantly not there an hour later.

    Not the best of images but if you look long and hard you can see a banded tail and spotted body which I think is probably a Genet.

    Reference books suggest the only other alternative is a Civet but images show that with a black tip on a banded tail.

    Another time lapse shot caught what might be a Black Sparrow Hawk.

    Not the best of images but better than opening up presents with socks inside

    Setting has now been changed to take an image every 15 minutes, some more dog food left on the rock we’ll see what happens in the next 24 hours.

    Tomorrow I will move the camera, currently strapped to a tree on the western side of the stream.

    I think the water is interfering with the sensors to some extent, distance from camera to rock is not that far, we’ll see after the move.
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    Took a walk out to the camera site today to see how things were after the recent storm. Camera had moved , was a bit skew but other than that all good.

    Relocation to the other side of the steam has paid dividends. Mongoose (Yellow?) on two occasions and Genets on three , what was reassuring was that the camera triggered on all of the occasions.

    To give you an idea of how sensitive it is have a look at the mongoose images. It's hardly in frame on the first trigger.

    The 3 Genet (Common Large-spotted?) visits show a much clearer picture of the little guy. Reference books say the Small Spotted has a white tip to its tail. I don't see that on these guys.

    I think it's safe to say that the camera is now in the right place and its working so no more bait, lets see how things pan out.

    SWAMBO just sighed when I mention I had ordered a second camera over the weekend.

    Hey! its a big piece of veld out there and there are so many potentially great sites and I'm convinced there's a Brownie passing through on occasions

    Second camera is a Moultrie 1100i. Friend at the office bought in some video footage from one. Looks pretty impressive , reviews seem good as well and its a 3rd of the price of the reconyx ... we'll have to see , for now tracking its journey via USPS, should arrive next week subject to SAPO
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    It is absolutely amazing how many of these brass clips you find around there.....


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    Subscribed. I also own a trail-cam but unfortunately don't have veld near me where I can put it up.

    Please keep the updates coming this is a great Thread.
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    Saturday, the start of the weekend and that means the dogs get to walk and I get to collect the camera trap card.

    Short week this week having checked it out on Tuesday however was interested to see how the stream might have changed with the recent thunderstorms.

    I think the distance from the large rock in the middle to the far bank is +/- 3 metres, so before the rain the steam was around 1.5 meters wide. You could wade it without getting your ankles wet.

    At its height after the second downpour it’s probably about 4.5 metres across and this morning I definitely got wet ankles.

    Two water mongoose dropped by before the rains started.

    The new camera has made is safely from America’s Deep South and as of 17th November is in the tender care of SAPO. Hopefully they’ll deliver to my PO Box this week

    Uys coincidentally where ever I see a brass clip its always by some ####, will have to give that some thought .

    Pietie thanks for the interest. What camera do you have?
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    Last edited by Keith Newnham; 2015/11/21 at 05:32 PM.
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