19 May 2014

Long Time No Spikes

It feels like it has been a long time since I posted some photographs of Mr Spiky.

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.


  1. Hi Henry, I really like that 'rodent charm' photo and fascinating glimpse of the Spikey family out together. Here's hoping your cam traps will see them again on a clear night. Also enjoyed (belatedly) your interesting eland blog. Many thanks!

  2. Thanks for the kind words :)

  3. Nice capture of the Caracal. I am still yet to find get one.