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Native Californian, biologist, wildlife conservation consultant, retired Smithsonian scientist, father of two daughters, grandfather of 4 small primates. INTJ. Believes nature is infinitely more interesting than shopping malls. Born 100 years too late.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Pleasant surprise at the rubbing post

The camera trapper's lament is that feral pigs like to rub against posts, including the one with your camera on it.

That's what happened at the spring in North Portuguese Canyon. The camera angle changed daily, and finally it pointed at the ground.

The good part is getting a picture of a kangaroo rat -- specifically the 4-toed Heermann's Kangaroo Rat. (The only other species in the vicinity is the Graceful Kangaroo Rat, which has 5-toes.

The rat came two nights in a row.

I owe it to the pigs.

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