It has been a while since our last post and many apologies all around. We have been in the states visiting my mum and buying some new toys. The following images were taken with one of those toys, a Moultrie game viewing camera. This was our first try and look at the results (it helps to have a bat-eared fox den several hundred meters from your tent)!
First come the curious pups:
Here you can see the adult with the big ears, listening and facing toward the direction of our tent:
We at Tumaren would like to take this opportunity to present Theresa S with an emerald,, An emerald with legs that is.. We are very grateful for your donation Theresa and your help will go a long way toward conservation on the adjacent community land to Tumaren – We specifically want to do some snare patrolling. many thanks, jamie and kerry.
PS look at his underside!
Parm, one of our rangers pointed out the following larvae the other day while we were walking across a large plain together. the larvae at that time was not exposed and the only indication of his presence was a simple non descript hole. parm said in swahili “watch”. He cut a piece of grass, chewed the tip a bit and then wiggled the end near the entrance to the hole. The larvae attached, pinched the grass and with a smooth motion parm removed him from his hole where i photographed him before returning him to his home.
I reckon this must be some kind of beetle larvae. I have never seen tiger beetles here and he is far too big but he does resemble their larvae. Anyway he is very predatory and I wouldn’t be surprised if he was one of the large nocturnal ground beetles that prowl the savanna in search of prey. ideas welcome.
A D’arnaud’s barbet has become our new best friend as he has taken to stealing tomatoes from our stores near our office. he has no fear and runs between the legs of our seats as we eat lunch (often times tomato free).
I nearly stepped on this nesting sandgrouse the other day while working on road repairs. It flushed in front of me. amazing how hidden he was. I didn’t know Mr. Lichtenstein’s sandgrouse helped with brooding.
He was on 3 eggs which he returned to within 15 minutes.