About two months ago, I shared a time-lapse from one of our Diyasaru Park trail cams, and asked our social media followers the following questions…
… and mentioned that I would reveal the answers the following weekend, but as per usual, this fell down to the bottom of my task list. My bad.
Here’s a little background on our camera trap stations. Diyasaru Park has been divided into numerous 100m x 100m grids, with each grid housing 10 trail cams. These cameras are left in a grid for four weeks before being rotated into the next grid.
This particular camera was set on one of the Park’s islands and was left out for seven weeks. Why seven? Well we were on an island-wide COVID-19 lockdown for three months, and all fieldwork came to a halt. I was able to rush out with my emergency field assistant (aka my handy dandy partner) to collect the cameras when the curfew was lifted for six hours at one point (to allow the general public to go out and buy provisions for the rest of the lockdown).
This is also one of my favourite trap stations. We have so much fishing cat activity at this particular spot. It will definitely be a live-trap site once collaring starts up again.
Over the seven weeks, we were able to record 14 different species of urban wildlife.
White-breasted waterhen, Amaurornis phoenicurus
Purple heron, Ardea purpurea
Greater bandicoot rat, Bandicota indica
Greater coucal, Centropus sinensis
Indian palm squirrel, Funambulus palmarum
Watercock, Gallicrex cinerea
Indian porcupine, Hystrix indica
Fishing cat, Prionailurus viverrinus
Rodentia… Some kind of mouse I think…
Spotted dove, Spilopelia chinensis
Yellow-billed babbler, Turdoides affinis
Asian water monitor, Varanus salvator
Small Indian civet, Viverricula indica
Carpenter bee, Xylocopa sp.
Out of the 1,148 images, 863 belonged to the porcupine. A species that often dominates our trail cams. There are just SO MANY of them!
They are pretty cute though, so it’s not so bad!