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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 2:32 pm 
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Homebrew catches hyena, waterbuck, impala and baboon

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S600/1010/SS11/SS 'Pelican case locking bracket' and 'Python' cable on a tree by the stream

Before I departed for my annual safari to Kenya during May of this year, I decided to take my trusty Sony S600 trail cam with a Snapshotsniper SSII board in a Pelican 1010 case hoping to put it out in the field.

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Stream deep in the interior of Tsavo (West) National Park, Southern Kenya

It is small and I knew I could depend on it to catch some interesting wildlife shots. Prior to catching my ‘ghost leopard’ in Tsavo (East) National Park with this cam, I visited Tsavo (West).

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Cam trapper testing the S600

One day while out on a ‘game drive’, my driver/guide Patrick Mjoroge and I stopped for a pit stop near a bend in a small stream close to the road deep in the interior. I got out to stretch my legs and walked on down to have a look around. There was a large group of baboons nearby and they were headed our way.

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Waterbuck caught the first night

There are several trees next to what looked like a game trail by the little waterway so I quickly set-up the S600 using a ‘Python’ locking cable with my camouflage sleeves in conjunction with a ‘Snapshotsniper’ Pelican case locking bracket. I threw down some salami, meat and bread from dinner the previous night as bait. It was worth a try. We departed and left the cam for an overnight soak.

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Hyena attracted to some salami, meat and bread on the first night

The next morning, we returned to the stream to check on the cam and for a boxed breakfast packed by the hotel consisting of two hard-boiled eggs, some bacon, sausage, bread, butter and jam, an apple, some juice and water. It was better than nothing but my mandate was to leave at dawn for early morning light, and since we were at least thirty kilometers away from the hotel, breakfast was out of the question.

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Baboons walking past the cam on the second day

The bread was not that good and the bacon was cold and greasy, so I decided to top-up the bait left the previous afternoon and left the cam out for one more night. No one could see the set-up from the road and I knew it was safe.

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The same hyena the second night coming back for seconds

The next morning as we were leaving the park to go further east, we headed straight to the stream to pick-up the cam. As I scrolled through the images, it was evident the bait had worked extremely well. A hyena visited the first night and ate everything except the salami (weird), and then came again the next night for the bacon and bread. I was extremely happy when I also saw a waterbuck, impala and baboon walk past the cam.

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Impala and baboons

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Impala buck early on the last morning

Wherever there are baboons, there are leopards. I vowed that if I ever returned to this place, I’ll take one of my DSLR camera traps plus a small video-unit like a Bushnell Trophy Cam or one of my homebrew video units. Success is always sweet and I hope everyone enjoys this set-up.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 2:42 pm 
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Great story.........where are the critter pictures?


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Very neat pics...sometimes I wish good waterring holes were badly needed here but at least a good one every few hundred yards - except for winter then you find open water you find alot of animals.

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speed2spare wrote:
Great story.........where are the critter pictures?


Gotta give it a chance to load....they are there: have another look..!

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wolvenkinde wrote:
Very neat pics...sometimes I wish good waterring holes were badly needed here but at least a good one every few hundred yards - except for winter then you find open water you find alot of animals.


wolvenkinde,

Thanks for that...watering holes are a magnet to wildlife. There is a tremendous amount of wildlife here and the balance of nature plays out everyday: eat or be eaten...! And water is the most important element to these creatures.

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Great stuff Bruce!

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Willy wrote:
Great stuff Bruce!


Sean, Thanks for that. It is my pleasure to share my adventures in camera trapping and one thing for sure, I really enjoy getting those cams out there to capture these exotic creatures. One more post to follow on Africa with a W7.

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Thats neat! Cool pics and story!

Thanks for posting!

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Great pictures and story Bruce. Sure is nice seeing animals we would never see


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Great Pictures Bruce
Thanks for sharing them

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