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Camera Trap Image of the Week - 11
- (Added 21. Dec. 2012 - 11:00)

One of the most common birds of prey seen at our waterholes is the African hawk eagle Aquila spilogaster. Here we see one that has successfully caught a helmeted guineafowl Numida meleagris – also by far the most common ground bird seen at our waterholes.



Camera Trap Image of the Week - 10
- (Added 14. Dec. 2012 - 11:00)

Once focused on their potential prey, lions will take the most direct route – including jumping over waterholes!



Camera Trap Image of the Week - 9
- (Added 7. Dec. 2012 - 11:00)

We have very few cheetah on Ongava, probably as a consequence of having high densities of lions in our plains habitat areas. Most individuals cross our northern boundary with Etosha National Park, stay for a while, then move back to Etosha.



Camera Trap Image of the Week - 8
- (Added 28. Nov. 2012 - 11:00)

Even though these sub-adult lions are over 2 years old, they don’t seem to have lost their playful instincts – in this case even extending that play into the waterhole…



Camera Trap Image of the Week - 7
- (Added 21. Nov. 2012 - 11:00)

The Brown hyaena Parahyaena brunnea is unique in having hair that can literally ‘stand on end’ covering most it its body. When startled or alarmed, the hyaena’s hair erects, presumably as a defense mechanism to appear larger – a quite common behavioural adaptation in a number of animals (e.g. bullfrogs!). Here we see a brown hyaena startled by the faint glow of the infra-red flash.




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