The value of putting camtraps out for bird atlasing purposes or bird monitoring cannot be underestimated. The accompanying pictures are of a Kori Bustard Ardeotis kori. They were taken in an area where the bird would not have been observed easily. The vegetation provided enough shelter (though the pictures show the bare patch where we set the camera up) and the area is very flat – so the birds would either have flushed long before being observed. Or they would have taken to cover in the tall grass and shrubs.
The pictures do not show the complete bird – but we have enough evidence of its presence in the area. If this bird was not picked up on the camtrap it would not have been recorded in the pentad (5′ x 5′ lat/long square) for atlasing purposes for SABAP2. Despite the fact that we had driven past the location of the camtrap frequently in the 5 days that we worked in the area.
The pictures were taken east of Springbok in Namaqualand (Northern Cape, South Africa).