13 March 2013

Woody Cape Is A Wrap

I'm wrapping up my Woody Cape posts. With the house building now complete I won't have to travel there every month. So, I decided to bring all my cameras back after the December holiday. This will be the last post from the Woody Cape for the time being, but I'm sure I'll continue to do plenty of camera trapping there in the future. There are still many exciting places I want to explore with my camera traps.

Red-Necked Spurfowl (Rooikeelfisant - Pternistes afer) getting up close and personal

With my bad luck at getting proper Genet photographs I'm happy to have gotten some decent enough photographs of them towards the end of the camera trapping session.

Large-Spotted Genet (Grootkolmuskeljaatkat - Genetta tigrina) taking a sniff

Keeping his eye on the prize

I was surprised to get this photograph of a Large-Spotted Genet during the day. But, as usual, it is from behind...

This daytime camera trap photograph of a Large-Spotted Genet was a surprise

This is the first time in over 35 camera trap observations that I've photographed one active during the day (4:37pm to be precise). The rest were all at night, with the exception of two observations that were during the early hours of the morning.

Blue Duiker (Blouduiker - Cephalophus monticola) looking at a path that leads towards a clearing in the forest

That is it from the Woody Cape, for now. I still have a lot of things I would like to do at the Woody Cape, so I'll be back for sure.


  1. Those are some really sharp photos. Are they from your homebrew of a trail cam? Pretty cool place.

  2. Thanks JK. My homebrew is in need of repairs and I just don't seem to get around to it :( This post actually includes images from 3 different brands: the Spurfowl and daytime Genet was from the Birdcam, the nighttime Genets from a Cuddeback (not sure which), and the Blue Duiker was by the Bushnell Trophy Cam 2010.

  3. Cool shots there Henry! I'm looking forward to seeing where you set up your cameras next.
    That photo of the francolin is incredibly clear. Have you been happy with your Birdcam when it comes to close-ups.

  4. Thanks Jeremy. The Bridcam is an interesting camera: sometimes I'll feel disappointed by the results and then suddenly it surprises me with something special. I treat it as a "wildcard" (if that makes sense). In general I'm not unhappy with it and find that it fills a certain niche fairly well, but it doesn't seem reliable enough, especially the detection circuit, to recommend for general use without some reservations. The flash and manual focus is good for closeups of small animals, but I always get the feeling it is slow to start up and misses a lot of action. It can also be frustrating if the animal wasn't in the focus sweet spot, so baiting, etc. becomes a factor. I still want to try my hand at photographing a shrew with this camera... :) (It's going to be tricky since Shrews can be very fast, but they sometimes zip around in front of a camera for a while so I have a long shot.)

  5. Terrific genet shots Henry. Such a beautiful animal.