|Burnt area at Tygerberg Nature Reserve|
They have been doing some controlled burns at the reserve during March. I'm looking forward to camera trap in that section once the winter rains come and the plants wake up from their summer siesta.
A student at the reserve asked me to put some camera traps in the burnt area, but I didn't manage to get the locations he had in mind from him, so I just picked my own spots. I wasn't expecting much action when I finally managed to placed the cameras in the area, two weeks after the burn.
According to the reserve staff the burnt area was crawling with confused rodents just after the burn and this must have attracted some predators. I'm thinking that the rodents that survived the burn will be forced to move to the neighbouring unburnt areas and this might still make things a bit easier for the predators.
As I went to fetch the camera trap in forest, I was surprised to find the Genet again, sleeping inexactly the same spot.
|Small-Spotted Genet (Kleinkolmuskeljaatkat - Genetta genetta) checking me out|
I also saw this strange flower growing in the forest area. It is a type of Haemanthus, but I'm not sure of the species.
|Some type of Haemanthus|
From the forest I headed directly to the burnt area. While setting the cameras I kept on running into this Caracal.
|Spooked Caracal (Rooikat - Caracal caracal) - sorry for the burnt bottle and grid in the background...|
|Another type of Haemanthus|
|Caracal doing the rounds|