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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 5:46 am 
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Thailand's amazing forest with some beautiful, elusive and rare Asian creatures

Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in central western Thailand, and is a World Heritage Site. It is the top protected area in the Kingdom. In January 2012, I began a camera trap program to determine the status of wildlife found here. In just a short two months, all the large mammals including elephant, gaur, banteng, tapir, tiger, leopard and many others have been caught by 'homebrew' digital camera traps set at various mineral deposits, water holes and game trails situated in the interior of the sanctuary. I had ten trail cams working through till March 31st, 2012. These are the best sets. The following photos illustrate this amazing biodiversity, and is truly worthy of its 'World Heritage Site' status.

Set-up Number 1: A S600/1010/SSI was set above a water hole close to a ranger station. This cam turned out the most wildlife photos over a two month period. This mineral deposit and waterhole is visited daily by many animals and is one of the best in the sanctuary.

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A Sony S600/Pelican 1010/SSI in an ‘Elephant proof ‘ box with a ‘Python’ locking cable.

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Mature female tiger.

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Female tiger follow-up shot.

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Young tusker elephant in a herd.

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Mature gaur bull.

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Mature banteng bull.

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Younger banteng bulls.

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Mature banteng cow.

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Banteng cow close-up.

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Macaque monkey.

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Camera trapper.

Set-up Number 2: Another S600/1010/SSI was set close to the ranger station and a bag of large rotten fish heads was strung up to prevent being taken by a scavenger like a water monitor. Amazingly, a leopard and a big wild boar, both scavengers, came to the bait. The bag can be seen in the boar picture. Boy did it smell..!

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S600/1010/SSI in ‘elephant proof’ box with python locking cable.

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Leopard male in the stream attracted by the ‘fish head’ bait.

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Wild boar hoping for some carrion.

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A crab-eating mongoose in the stream after the bait had been cut down.

Set-up Number 3: An old Sony S600/1040/BFOutdoors/2 'C' cell externals in an 'elephant proof' box and 'Python' locking cable with 3D camouflage was used to catch this tiger mother and her cub (also caught by Bushnell Trophy Cam video twenty meters away). Other shots collected from this cam were deer at night not included here.

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Sony S600 in a Pelican 1040 and BFOutdoors board with 2 ‘C’ cell externals.

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Tiger mother caught close to Subkaow mineral deposit and water hole.

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‘Eye of a tiger’ as this young cub has a chew on my cam…A remarkable shot…!

Set-up Number 4: An older S600 with a Yeticam board in a 2nd generation LBK aluminum boxed cam plus tools for installation. Tiger, tapir and a sambar stag came along this trail about a day's walk from the ranger station I stay at. This site will be covered by long-range cams with 'C' and 'D' cell externals for a three-four month period during the rainy season.

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Old 2nd generation LBK trail cam in an ‘elephant proof’ housing firmly bolted to a tree with a ‘Python cable and 2 lag bolts.

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Rear-end of a tiger along a game trail

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Asian tapir at night.

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Tapir up-close and checking out the cam.

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‘Eye of a tapir’….not as glamorous as a tiger’s eye..but OK for government work..!

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A mature sambar stag, Thailand’s largest cervid.

Note: I still have more then ten trail cams working here at the moment including my new Canon DSLR 400D with three wireless flashes, and two of my new W55s. I will also be setting up a homebrew video cam very soon. I surely will be posting many more camera trap photos and videos of this truly wonderful and magical wildlife sanctuary in the near future.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 6:07 am 
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Are them cows from someones herd or are they wild? Great pictures


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 6:23 am 
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kdornski wrote:
Are them cows from someones herd or are they wild? Great pictures


These (cows) or banteng as they are known are as wild as it gets. They are considered to be the ancestor of all the domestic breeds. And they are wary and hard to see in the forest as they have been hunted by man for centuries. There are more wild banteng in Thailand then any other country in mainland Southeast Asia. Indonesia has banteng but are another sub-species. Thanks for your interest.

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awsome bunch of pictures,


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 7:27 am 
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What a great place that must be, both for the wildlife and for camtrapping. Thank you for bringing them to us.


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This is a whole new world you are exposing us to! Thanks for sharing, great photos!!!


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Great shots, Bruce -- the low angle of view on that gaur bull gives it an unusual perspective. Very nice. Interesting to see who wants to check out the cams.


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My goodness what a place to camtrapp,good to you Bruce and stay safe.

Why the green tape over the fresnel?


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Very cool Bruce! Thanks for sharing.

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What a great and diverse group of subjects you have to work with. I never thought I would see an elephant picture on a trail cam. Thank You for sharing

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