Stunning pictures. Imagine if we did not have trail cams. We would miss so much.
We have showcased a few camera trap or trail camera photos in the past, the most notable of which was when the Tortoise Pan male tackled an nyala right in front of a camera.
We recently found another great opportunity for a trail camera when a hoisted impala ram was discovered along the banks of the Maxabene rivered one morning. The male leopard was seen briefly moving away from the vehicle nervously. It is not often we see nervous leopards, but every now and then individuals (normally males) disperse away from areas like the Kruger National Park where they have had little exposure to human influence. With a fair amount of meat remaining on the carcass, we knew the leopard would be back to feed at some stage. In fact, James Tyrrell waited for hours on two occasions only to be disappointed with no view of the leopard.
This was where the trail camera may provide us an insight as to who this leopard may be, while nobody was around watching. The tree in which the impala was hoisted had a perfect slope, which would provide the leopard with a clear path to ascend and descend the tree. We used this knowledge of leopards’ habits and set the camera up facing the mid-section of the tree trunk. There happened to be a small shrub in the perfect position upon which we could tie the camera box. We left the trail camera out for two days and nights, hoping that we had set it up correctly.
The pictures that were captured on the trail camera would never have been possible in person as this leopard chose not to be seen on every occasion that we tried to view him. We know he was watching us though, as the evidence is captured in these images of him returning – in some cases mere minutes after we left!
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It’s the Maxims Male. He has moved in from further east.