Hi everyone! Goodness, it has been a boring couple of weeks without any trail cameras out in the bush! Luckily, Tales of the Trailcam is back! New trail cameras, new tales to tell!
After the hyenas demolished Paul and Susan’s Bushnell, Ed Barker contacted me. He was missing our Trail cam footage and very generously offered to buy us a new trail camera! It was lovely meeting Ed and his wife and I am extremely grateful for the stunning Browning Trail Camera they brought from the US! Thank you so much, Ed!
I also bought a replacement Maginon Camera from my friend Pam and so we now have two working trail cameras again. Which, I have to be honest with you, I am very scared to use! After losing two trail camera’s to hyenas in a short space of time, I don’t want to offer the hyenas a new chew toy! (You can read the blog about hyenas eating my first trail cam in the blog Trailcam Tragedy and Tickbite Fever, and the second one in ‘Dear Hyenas of Wolhuter, we need to talk.)
So Steven has had the Maginon up at the waterhole, but out of reach from the hyenas. And I have had Ed’s Browning up at our front gate a few nights. The two trail cameras still need protective steel boxes though. I have been working on a design for a hyena/elephant/big five-proof security box. I will keep you all posted on the progress, but until then we are very careful with our cameras!
The first clip Steven got, was of a hyena checking the camera out. Luckily it was too high from its powerful jaws and our Maginon is still alive. But let me tell you when I saw some of the footage Steven got at the waterhole, I kept on muttering: “please don’t destroy my camera, please don’t destroy my camera, please don’t destroy my camera!” Not because of hyenas, but because of elephants…
When elephants take a shine to your trail camera, they like to sniff it, test it with their trunk, brush up against it, and just generally spend time in its presence… Or maybe the shady spot the Trail cam was in, had something to do with that…;-) Anyway, I hope you enjoy the new Tales of the Trail cam! I split the footage up in two different video’s. The amount of animals at the waterhole is amazing. Now that the veld is dry, everyone is clearly happy to visit!
I will share the footage from my new Browning in a future blog!
Have a lovely week everyone!