September saw little action in the cave, but our local leopard made an appearance, and one of our cameras fleetingly caught him on video.
Our visit to the camera traps in the Rooiels cave revealed three separate visits by a leopard, besides baboon and porcupine activity. The first leopard visit was on 16 May between 5 and 6 in the morning (the cameras' times differ):
The visit on 8 June has a similar perspective, but occurs much earlier in the morning:
The third visit took place on 24 June around midnight:
There were five visits from two different leopards recorded on the camera traps in March and April 2022. It is exciting to know that we are still a regular stop-off point for the leopards that range the Kogelberg and surrounding areas. Unfortunately there was very little activity in the cave above the smallholding road. The hypothesis is that there was too much disturbance with all the work and traffic on that road while the water pipes were being replaced, This limited wildlife visits to those cameras to our friendly baboons!
Visits on 7th March, 29th March, 4th April, 17th April and 24th April
Below is the rather poor shot from 7th March - but its good to have on record!
Thanks to the Rooiels camera-trap crew - and to new member Karin from Pringle Bay who is good with computers and photos and has assisted in getting the photos out. These photos show one of each of the Leopard visits to the camera traps January to 1st May, 2020. All the photos and videos and the photos of the baboons can be seen on this Wildlife Spotters link on Google Drive. A few of the Baboon photos have been included on the Other Animals Blog on this website
This is a taste with a photo taken from each of the visit and two of the videos. Go to the Wildlife Spotters link above to see all the photos.
Visits below on 20th and 28th January
Below Four visits in March on 11th, 17th 24th and 28th
And enjoying a good sniff and rub on the rock on 10th April
Visit on 1st May
Great photos from both cameras - the visiting leopard seems different and our intrepid camera team (fording ranging river to get to the one camera) are contacting the Leopard "Girls" to see if they recognise this leopard visitor. There was also a great photo of a Genet and one of a Klipspringer on the Other Animals Camera Blog
Inspection of the newer camera site on 19th September
Continued fascination with the cat brush by all the visitors - this leopard visited the original camera site on 22nd at 3 a.m.
Updates from the cameras of both the Leopards and Other animals are shared regularly through the Rooiels Wildlife Facebook page with alerts sometimes also on the WhatsApp group, Village People. The 2018 Breeze has interesting articles on the Leopards and also on the Cameras -- be sure to read them in your copy of the magazine or you can read them on this website.
Go to the Blog for Other Animals with lovely shots of the Kilipspringer and mongoose.
Below a series of shots of Diego from visits on 22nd and then again twice on 23rd October. On 27th October from the newly installed camera trap.
Much excitement to have photos so soon after the second camera trap was installed. Diego obviously moved across a few days later - these taken on 27th October, 2018