Unfortunately I believe the two Genet species are exchanging tips on how to dodge my camera traps. I've had bad luck with the Large-Spotted Genet somehow always finding a way to not look at the camera and now the Small-Spotted Genet seems to be following suit. (See one of my older posts over here.)
|Small-Spotted Genet (Kleinkolmuskeljaatkat - Genetta genetta) on the coastal dunes at Koeberg|
For the above shot I had to tilt the camera trap down to focus on the rodent hole, but if you step back a few paces the scenery looks like this.
|My camera trap hard at work with the infamous Table Mountain in the background|
When these genets aren't either sliding past too close to the camera or walking in the wrong direction, they try to run past before the camera has time to wake up...
|Another glorious tail waving us goodbye|
Maybe they are overly proud of their fabulously ringed tails and try to make it the centre of attention, or maybe the tails are attention hogs, demanding to be in every photograph. Who knows?
I'm pretty sure it isn't in reaction to the flash. If the flash was bothering them then I would expect to see them coming at the camera at least once and then avoid it, but these guys are heading in the wrong direction or running past from the get go, whether it is a white flash or IR camera doesn't seem to matter much either.
Regardless every now and again they are bound to slip up and then I get a shot at a good photo.
But alas, the camera trap goddess is a mysterious beast that both giveth and taketh away (often at the same time)...
|Wow perfect shot! O, wait, no, why is it all fuzzy...?|
If it wasn't for the coastal mist this would have been a perfect portrait of a Small-Spotted Genet.
Interestingly this is almost an exact copy of a great photo I got of a Large-Spotted Genet a while back. (See the old post over here.)
Back then the lady of the camera trap was in a good mood and smiled on my endeavours. But I will not despair. This is the "month of love" after all and like any love struck fool I'll endure her antics and stay true. Always longing for that next moment of sweet rapture.