I relocated the Bushnell Camera yesterday to try and get a better view of the wildlife visiting the River Pool and captured a Sounder of Javali visiting. Sounder being the collective term for a group of Wild Boar.
This group seems to be made up of young Boars as they are not that large in size. The male can grow to 1.80m in length and 1.10m tall and can weigh up to 200kg, the females slightly smaller at 200kg.
Although shy of humans, they can (and will) attack if startled. I’m speaking from experience as Wally (the Dog) and I found out when our paths crossed a few evenings ago. We startled each other as our paths crossed. It made a lot of grunting noises and ran straight at us. Although not the official method, I grabbed Wally and we ran to the house!
A few evenings ago I was outside late at night as I tend to do to either listen to the wildlife (Owls, Toads, Frogs, Crickets) or look at the dark night sky. I could hear rustling and snapping twigs in a piece of Woodland that we own.
I immediately thought Wild Boar.
I’ve not had time to explore this dense woodland yet so grabbed the Bushnell camera and took a ramble. The Woodland is on a steep small hillside with a seasonal brook at the bottom and I could see evidence of activity in abundance. A lot of moved soil and some scat. It was looking very promising that Wild Boar are in residence.
I attached the Bushnell in a small opening. This morning I checked the camera and came up a winner.
It’s a very short clip as the Wild Boar is just walking by, but proof enough that they live in there.
I will be setting up the Bushnell in various positions in the hope I get some more footage of them. In the future I hope to set up a hide in the woodland, but the Wild Boar are usually sleeping in deep cover in the daytime.
Of course, photography isn’t the only shooting pastime and these Wild Boar are of interest to the local Hunters. I have very mixed feelings about hunting, but at these Wild Boars are hunted as a food source which keeps the local economy turning over.