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Three Foxes (A Camera Trap Post)

So here is a post based on what the blog is named after, a camera trap in Cornwall. I had a lot of chicken pieces left over from dinner and...

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Only Know Footage of Wild Golden Bellied Mangabey

While I was in the Democratic Republic of Congo habituating bonobos I came across some other very special animals. One of the most memorable encounters was with a rare DRC endemic. the golden bellied mangabey (Cercocebus chrysogaster). Few people have seen this little know species. I was lucky enough not only to see them but film them. We where following the bonobos up a rather steep hill. When we got to the top we where surprised to see a different primate there. The mangabeys showed no fear towards us. We where probably the first humans they had come in contact with thus showing us no fear. These naive communities are rare since humans are everywhere. You can hear the strange chattering and also the bonobos in the background. Strangely they showed no fear of the bonobos either even though I had seen bonobos eat red colobus monkey. I hope you enjoy this rare and exclusive short video showing the only know footage of this species in the wild. 

Friday, 18 July 2014

Froglets Up Close

The tadpoles in my pond have grown legs, shed tails and are now on land. They are tiny and no bigger than my little finger nail. At this stage they are known as froglets. I decided to put my macro lens to use and take a few photos of them. I wanted to try something different so put one on white cardboard as a background. This was to draw all attention to the froglet rather than having a distracting background. However the images where quite difficult to take. The exposure was tricky since the frogs are black and the background white. In the end I managed to set the right exposure. The little guys also like to move so once I had one in focus it usually hopped off. In the end I managed to snap these 4 photos. I hope you like them.

On the move 
High Five

Coming for me

Sitting still for a change

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Animals of the Congo Basin

Here is another video I have put together using footage I shot while living in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It features a range of animals which I managed to see. Monkeys, bonobos, bongos, snakes and weird insects are plentiful in the forest. I hope you enjoy seeing the variety of life that we had in our part of the forest.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Baby African Animals

At the moment I am enjoying editing together some of my video footage from last year while I was in Africa. I have footage from South Africa and the D.R.Congo. Here is one I have put together of some of the baby animals I have seen having fun. The bonobo is Mobini, a highly energetic infant. I hope you enjoy this short but nice video.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Meira the Leopard on a Kill

Last December while in South Africa I visited the Kgalagadi transfrontier park. While there I was lucky enough to see a leopard on a kill. She had not long ago caught the springbok as there was very little eaten. We where later informed that she was named Miera. The video is very short but I wanted to share it anyway.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Barney: Sleeping Cat Timelapse

I haven't added anything for a while so thought I would add a small video. I am waiting for my HD version of my quadcopter to arrive since mine had a crash landing in some water which destroyed the camera. I hope to do some nice ariel videos once it arrives. In the meantime I am doing some timelapse shots. Some of you may remember Barney the cat who lives in the barn. He used to be very scared of us and run away when he saw us. Now he is very friendly even coming in the house. You can see previous posts with Barney here (link) . The other day he was enjoying the sun in the garden and had a lazy day. I decided to practice my timelapse photography on him. Its a surprise how much he actually moved in his sleep. Watch his eyes and ears in particular.