Regular readers of my blog will know that I have a distinct preference for installing my camera-traps as low as possible. This is not always easy in areas with long grass or advisable in areas with an abundance of hyenas. That's not to say that they should always be set up below knee-height but, given the choice, its what I prefer. I simply enjoy the quirky images that I often get from this kind of set-up.
I had the option to make this choice recently when I was giving camera-trapping instruction to field-guide students (see also my previous blog post). We came across a muddy and smelly water-hole that looked interesting to me and so I suggested to the students that we set up a camera there. They were, not surprisingly, a bit sceptical (as all good students should be) about my choice since there was a clean and attractive water source in the immediate vicinity. In the absence of a convenient tree we tied the camera to a rock and disguised it somewhat with other muddy rocks. By the end of this exercise a number of us were suitably covered with mud.
My expectation for this site was to catch some of the usual 'wallowers' and some of the early visitors to the area were exactly that, a couple of Warthog:
However, during the next few days we recorded some other images that I really enjoyed:

While none of the above would be considered good photos, photographically, they do give real 'bugs-eye' view of the variety of animals that frequent the water-hole.

In contrast, the students way preferred another site which gave an elevated view of a drinking spot and resulted in a number of attractive images, including these:
They're attractive images but, in my opinion, are the kind of photos that could be taken from a vehicle using a camera with a  telephoto lens. And you won't get your hands dirty - but, for me, that's half the fun of camera-trapping!
 


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