10 January 2011

Some News

It's been a while since I last posted anything. There isn't much good news to report, so you'll have to endure some "bad" news instead. Me he he...

Flowers at Tygerberg
As I've said before: The western slope is giving me problems (the weather, vegetation, animals pushing over cameras, etc.). There is also quite a bit going on with regard to non-camera trapping matters: It was Christmas, we went away on holiday, I started at a new job, other hobbies, etc.

I've also "lost" my first trail camera. I've always wanted to build a homebrew trail camera. A homebrew camera is a commercial digital camera that one connects to a special circuit board, etc. to build a homemade camera trap. The biggest benefit of these homemade cameras is their image quality. There are a couple of great site on the web showing some superb images taken by other camera trappers. Getting back to the point: I ordered a starter kit from the USA a couple of months ago, but I haven't received anything yet. The best I can do is trust that the supplier did send the parcel and that it is still on it's way, but I'm starting to think that it must have gotten stolen along the way... So basically I lost a camera without ever having had it in my own hands.

More flowers from Tygerberg

Since I'm laying on the blues heavily, and I do apologise, I'll also briefly mention my disappointment with my Bushnell Trophy Cam 2010 Viewer model. It is in almost all practical aspects inferior to my 2009 non viewer model.

Again some flowers at Tygerberg (to lighten the mood)

With that off my chest I feel like mentioning some good things that are happening as well. This month I'll finished 12 months of camera trapping at Tygerberg. I don't know when I'll get around to putting a post together, but I'm looking forward to it.

I also want to start working on a Tygerberg "booklet/website" to make more of my camera trapping information available.

In between all the difficulties I still managed to get some photographs of a few mammals at the reserve.

Porcupine (Ystervark - Hystrix africaeaustralis) sniffing along

Four-Striped Grass Mouse (Streepmuis - Rhabdomys pumilio)
A youngster nibbling away


  1. I hope your camera kit arrives soon. Homebrew cameras really do have superior image quality!

  2. The flowers are great, but I too hope you get that new homebrew, so we can see more great shots of all your local critters.