New Ongava Research Centre...

Our new research facility will be opening in April 2019, we’ll update the website soon with more information.

We have left our previous blog online below if you’d like to have a look at some of the amazing camera trap images from the past 3 years.

Ongava Research Centre Blog...

Camera Trap Image of the Week - 42
- (Added 16. Jul. 2013 - 10:00)

Still on the theme of birds, we are seeing a large number of kori bustards Ardeotis kori this year. This bustard is the heaviest flying bird in southern Africa, with females up to about 5kg and males up to a massive 12kg. As with all bustards and korhaans, the males have impressive courtship displays. This male is fluffing out his breast feathers in an attempt to impress a nearby female.

Camera Trap Image of the Week - 41
- (Added 9. Jul. 2013 - 10:00)

As the dry season takes hold, we start to see occasional water birds land at our waterholes. Here is a hamerkop (literally ‘hammer head’) Scopus umbretta checking the waterhole for amphibians, insects, or perhaps small fish. In Africa this bird is often associated with myths – for example some bushmen call this the ‘lightening bird’. They believe that if you rob its nest then you will be struck by lightening! We have also recently seen squacco heron Ardeola ralloides and yellow-billed stork Mycteria ibis.

Camera Trap Image of the Week - 40
- (Added 2. Jul. 2013 - 10:00)

A first for us here on Ongava! A serval Leptailurus serval seen leaving a waterhole. We are right on the southern edge of the range for serval, so while this might not be a range-extension sighting, it is very rare for us. Now we just need to see one in the daylight making those wonderful leaps as they catch small mammals.

Camera Trap Image of the Week - 39
- (Added 25. Jun. 2013 - 10:00)

All the way back at Image of the Week 19 we spoke about  ‘eyeshine’, and the fact that the tapetum lucidum in the retina of various animals also reacts to infra-red light, allowing us to see the eyes of these animals with our camera traps. Here we see a picture of a brown hyaena with only one eye ‘shining’. This individual has a damaged right eye, so the retina does not reflect light. We do not know whether he (or she) is blind in that eye, but it useful for us to be able to identify the individual as it moves around the reserve drinking at different waterholes.

Camera Trap Image of the Week - 38
- (Added 18. Jun. 2013 - 10:00)

We plan to start trapping for leopard again in the next week or so – and here is our candidate. Quite happy to be drinking in broad daylight… Let’s hope he is as happy to enter the trap that we have placed close to this waterhole…

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