Nkurru Cam 2.0 – Weekly Update #5

Hi everybody,

Since last week’s update the weather has not changed much and we have had a lot of cold, rain, miserable weather.

That being said, the clouds did disappear every now and then leaving us with beautiful blue skies and some amazing game viewing.  The waterhole has also had it’s fair share of activity with a LOT of elephants stopping in for a drink and to smash up another one of our cameras!

Yeah, we lost another one of our cameras to a young male elephant who thought it would be a good idea to swing it around, chew it and then drop it on the floor.  Check out the end of the following video clip to see the culprit in action as he tries to kick the camera off the post where it was positioned.  After the video check out the last image from our destroyed Nkurru Cam!

Here are a few pics from the week and yes.  I know the dates are wrong!!  We changed the batteries on some of the cameras and forgot to update the dates but rest assured, these are all images from the last week! 🙂

Nkurru Cam - 28 April 2011

As I said, we have had a LOT of ellies! 🙂

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Nkurru Cam - 28 April 2011

This was special.  The Matusi female killed a young zebra next to the waterhole. Yeah, the guests saw it happen.  They dragged it up against the reedbed fence and stayed around for two days.  Awesome sighting of here and her two youngsters.  This was them popping in for a drink in between their feeding sessions.

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Nkurru Cam - 28 April 2011

The two young cubs provided plenty of entertainment as some of the guest viewed from the deck and other from the game viewer.

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Nkurru Cam - 28 April 2011

They came back again some time during the night for another drink.

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Nkurru Cam - 28 April 2011

The ellies also only kept on popping in all night long.

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Nkurru Cam - 28 April 2011

This old boy is becoming a real regular.  We should name him and considering his size I reckon we call him ‘Sir’!

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Nkurru Cam - 28 April 2011

Right.  So this is the view from the camera that got destroyed.  I was hoping to get our Civet, or any other spotted cat, but no luck.  This is one of the last pics the camera got while still positioned on the post just to the left of the waterhole.

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Nkurru Cam - 28 April 2011

This is a shof of the inside of an elephant’s mouth.  No, for real.  if you watched the video you will have seen the ellie kicking at the post where the camera was set up.  From there he swung it around, chewed on it (this image) and then dropped it back on the floor.

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Nkurru Cam - 28 April 2011

And this is the last picture that specific camera will ever take.  The ellie must have dropped it on the floor after chewing on it and, even covered with ellie snot, snapped one last image of the guilty animal waling away.

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Bushnell Camera Trap Chewed by Ellie

Oh dear…

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So after a pretty decent week at the waterhole, and one camera less, that’s it for the week.  Eish, if things keep going like this we are going to have to chat to Bushnell about sponsoring us some more cameras to keep things going!  Anybody at Bushnell reading this?  Hello?  Anybody? 😉

Oh yeah, before we wrap it up for this week.  We have started ‘Operation Nkurru Plains’.  This is very exciting and something I think will make a huge difference to the game viewing at the waterhole.  The short version is that we will, as a part of our fire break, open up the areas to the sides of the waterhole.  Exciting stuff and images to follow soon!

Until next time.

Gerry van der Walt

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