Monday, January 29, 2007

Is it real?

Several of my wonderful, loyal readers have asked me that question.

They refer, of course, to the Africam web cam link I mentioned in my last post. The link is over in my sidebar right under the "I Power Blogger" button, but I'll copy it again HERE.

The answer is, yes, definitely!

In the last 36 hours (one daylight period and two nights) we have seen a large herd of impalas (and I DON'T mean Chevrolets!), four zebras, one wildebeest, numerous baboons, a family of hyenas, a cheetah(!) up close and personal, giraffes, one elephant, a pair of kudus, and lots of birds hard to identify.

During the daylight hours the display is in color, and often an "operator" of the camera will (remotely, I'm sure) pan around to an animal, zoom in and then back out. Sometimes in the early night that will happen as well.

It's a fascinating site, especially to anyone who has had the thrill of seeing many of these animals in person in the wild. If the bird and cricket noises are annoying, turn down the sound. But try leaving the site running and just check it every now and then.

As Forrest Gump would say, "It's like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to get."


kenju said...

I'm jealous! I used to check that site daily and I never saw anything but a wildebeest at the water hole. Did you have to stare at the web-cam for hours?

Duke_of_Earle said...


Well, yes and no. Sunday morning in Texas was early evening in South Africa. I had the site open but sized down small enough that I could work in an open window beside it. Carol has a dual-monitor setup, so she opened the web cam on one monitor and did her computer stuff on the other. That way we could ignore the web cam most of the time, but when we noticed something moving out of the corner of our eye we could check and see if any interesting animals were present. Often they're only in the picture for a minute or less, unless the "operator" is there and pans the camera around to stay on the action. Once you've seen a few seldom-seen animals (like that cheetah!) it's addictive.