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:
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: