28 May 2010

A Small Visitor

The small visitors to the cameras are sometimes the most welcome. I haven't really started to target the small mammals at Tygerberg yet, but I keep them in the back of my mind when I setup at a new location. Sometimes they just happen to trigger a camera, and if it is close enough you can get a decent enough image.

Pygmy Mouse (Dwergmuis) sitting really close to the camera

Unfortunately when a mouse is this close to the camera the image tends to be out of focus. Regardless, with some detective work you might be able to be reasonably sure of the species. This looks like a Pygmy Mouse (Dwergmuis) to me.

The photo was taken a few weeks ago at the same spot as the Honey Badger. People sometimes look at images like these (and much better ones on other websites) and think that it is easy to do camera trapping. Now I can't speak for everybody, for me it definitely is not easy and requires a lot of hard work, patience and "thinking". People also underestimate how frustrating it can be. However, if you can handle the cons, then the pros are well worth it. If you stay positive and enjoy it for what it is the experience as a whole is a lot of fun :)

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for coping with the cons so we all get to enjoy the pros!