As anyone following me for a while will know, part of the passion of photographing wildlife is getting up close with them to capture as much detail in my shots. I’ve been wanting to do this with the local Egyptian Mongoose so I set out a Trail Cam 2 days ago in an area where I had a close encounter with one 2 years ago. There was nothing on the first day but on checking the footage this morning, one came right up to the camera yesterday afternoon.
Not really what I was hoping for as I have the perfect angle and location here with the morning sun, but I will keep monitoring the area for a while to try and work out any patterns they may have and plan to hide and photograph them from a good vantage point.
For now, check the stunning but short footage. The bells you can hear in the background are some cattle and the random human voice is a lady who lives in the bottom of the valley. She is about 800 metres away, this camera really does pick up noise well.
The Iberian Magpie Feeding Area has been having some visitors overnight, identified by droppings left. I believe that a Badger is coming and possibly a Genet. Therefore, I now leave a trail cam running to see what comes along for a free small snack.
Last night a Fox, a healthy looking one, came along. The video is just some quick snippets as it was there for a long time, the camera picked up its arrival at 3:01am and it left at 3:47am!
It looks like Kingfisher Perch V2.0 is finally starting to be a success! As you will see in the video below, there was a lot of activity yesterday and this morning. The Trail Cam seems to be having an issue. The way it works is that if motion is detected, 1 minute is recorded, however, for some reason, it doesn’t seem to record another minute if action continues. I will be looking into this, but at least I have some action to show which is as follows;
1st June at 3:16pm – A brief visit from what looks like the male. 1st June at 5:02pm – The sun has dropped behind the trees on the river bank so the perch is in the shadows, its difficult to tell if it’s a male or female. 1st June at 5:11pm – Again, difficult to tell the sex, but a dive for fish, this time a failed attempt. 2nd June at 7:00am – Difficult to tell, but I think it’s the male, 2 successful dives for fish. Also near the end another Kingfisher (I suspect the female) flies left to right and then back right to left before perching out of sight, but very vocal.
Listen out for all the other bird noises in the clips, there are Bee Eaters, Iberian Magpies, Iberian Chiffchaff and Nightingale to name a few.
Not much activity on the new Kingfisher perch, however, there was a good capture of 2 Ducklings fighting over a Crayfish, of course, Ducklings fighting is always going to be cute fighting rather than vicious.
As you will see, Mother Duck is close to hand. She did have five Ducklings, maybe the other 3 are just out of shot, or maybe they have been taken by a Fox or Mongoose.
It may not be what I need, but at least one has landed on the perch. As you can see, this is a female due to the red lower beak, males are black. Could this be Princessa? Quite possible, I really hope so.
Interestingly enough, this was captured at 11:23am which is around a similar time to when my Nature Walk came near this area. It could be that she landed on the perch to hide from us.