Sometimes the trophy cam can surprise you too: Jaguar encounter in Kabalebo, Suriname.
So the past years the trophy cams had been a great help for me. They are my third eye and they make it possible to observe wild life from a safe distance too. Since I have now 10 trophy cams 'working' for me 24/7 it takes a while too to look at all the footage they record for me. When I stumbled upon these pictures I was both thrilled and worried: am I witnessing a male fight or are they just a couple?
This whole Jaguar encounter lasted only 2 days, starting with this picture (February 26, 2017). This trophy cam is set at the River cabin trail. I usually see Grey-winged trumpeters, Curassows, Tapirs, Deers and Ocelots passing through. I was kind of surprised and excited when I looked at this picture. A full grown Jaguar resting in the afternoon right in front of the camera.
The next morning he wasn't alone. We see that a second Jaguar showed up too and it looked like an argument they were having.
The argument continued for several hours as you can also see. One following the other.
The next day we see that it was a pleasant encounter: male and female. So no Jaguar was harmed while the trophy cam was recording. The only sad part (for me) was that I had programmed this trophy cam to take pictures instead of filming the whole ordeal. But I was also glad that these two large cats decided to have their friendly quarrel right in front of the cam. For the same price they would have had their argument a couple of meters further.
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