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2014 - Week 43
- (Added 26. Oct. 2014 - 11:00)

Behind you!

This Cape Turtle Dove is about to get the fright of its life. That’s a Verraux’s Eagle right behind it. Luckily Verraux’s Eagles (formerly black eagles) do not generally take small birds, preferring rock hyrax. Let’s hope there’s one of those just out of shot…



2014 - Week 42
- (Added 19. Oct. 2014 - 11:00)

Occupational hazard! This picture was taken a few days ago at the research centre. The wall is 2m high, so that is some reach for that elephant! He rather likes the grasses and bamboos that we have planted there. He also seems to like drinking from our paddling pool… Let’s hope he stays on that side of the wall…



2014 - Week 41
- (Added 12. Oct. 2014 - 11:00)

It seems baboons also get thorns in their feet! Not sure we’re all quite as flexible though…



2014 - Week 40
- (Added 5. Oct. 2014 - 11:00)

We all know that zebras have stripes, and that different species of zebra have quite different stripe patterns and distributions. However they also have a large amount of variation within one species. Here we see a group of Plains Zebra drinking at a waterhole (as it happens the same waterhole as the pictures from three of the last four weeks!) – note the differences in the stripes on their faces. Now we just need some really sophisticated ID software (anybody reading from the CIA?) so that we can identify individuals from their face stripe patterns… This has been done for a number of species, but is very difficult in the wild since images need to be standardized (think of your passport picture), and animals on the move are rarely so obliging.



2014 - Week 39
- (Added 1. Oct. 2014 - 11:00)

A little late this week due to yet more travelling – but worth the wait. A first for our 5-year camera trapping study on Ongava, an African Civet captured at one of our waterholes. Civets do occur across Africa, but a quite rare in semi-arid environments, so we are very pleased to be able to add that to our checklist!




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