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2016- Week 38
- (Added 4. Sep. 2016 - 11:00)

We use our camera traps a lot for ID work. Using mark-recapture statistics we can then get estimates of populations size / density / use of habitat / etc. However, in order to do that, the species in question must have identifying features, such as stripes or spots. For some felids it is possible to use whisker spot patterns, but for smaller felids with no coat pattern, like the caracal shown below, our nocturnal images are just not detailed enough. Here we have to hope that at least some of them will have marks on their coats (note the faint white stripe on the back of the caracal in the picture) so that we can assign an ID.



2016- Week 37
- (Added 28. Aug. 2016 - 11:00)

Just…one…more…step…

Or perhaps looks as if the rhino is trying to shield its eyes from the camera flash…

Actually these shots are taken using covert infra-red so the animal is completely unaware that the image has been recorded by the camera trap.



2016- Week 36
- (Added 21. Aug. 2016 - 11:00)

Going, going… Sadly not just the trap array, but the whole tree uprooted. ‘Landscape architects’ they may be, but these elephants do seem to make a habit of flattening our favourite camera trapping trees!



2016- Week 35
- (Added 14. Aug. 2016 - 11:00)

So THAT’S how rhinos don’t fall over when they sleep…



2016- Week 34
- (Added 7. Aug. 2016 - 11:00)

I’ll take this tree with me then…




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