|Porcupine (Ystervark - Hystrix africaeaustralis) spiking things up at Koeberg Nature Reserve|
Porcupines have always been frequent visitors to my camera traps and feel like old friends.
Here at Koeberg they kick up a lot of sand as the shuffle along.
|Porcupines will often fold down their quills when they are relaxed|
Who said Porcupines can't look sweet.
|Turning on that good old rodent-charm|
Their glorious set of whiskers always fascinates me.
|Check out those spiffy whiskers!|
I'm sure those whiskers help them find their way around on dark nights or while settling down in their underground resting placed during the day.
It must be an unpleasant experience if you bump into another Porcupine, and I'm sure those whiskers help them avoid a lot of painful experiences! The family live together, usually in a hole in the ground, and although they prefer to forage alone they often travel together along the game trails towards their feeding destinations.
|Three Porcupines walking head-to-tail, the youngster is in the middle|
The above photograph isn't the greatest quality. The flash had a hard time penetrating the thick misty-rain or fog.
It is from my most recent batch of photographs (taken about a week ago) and nicely illustrates the family moving together.