Friday, December 16, 2011
This is a tayra, Eira barbara, taking a sneak peek at the remote camera. The tayra is a large member of the weasel family and in my experience anyway, is not often photographed. It's a common diurnal animal, very curious and bold and frequently encountered. Tayras seem always to be in perpetual motion and it is my guess that they move so fast and frequently that the remote camera is just too slow to catch them. In this case, there were several "blank" photos (after an image of its departing backside) indicating it was still in the immediate area.
Pretty clear than animals notice what's new in their environment, even if it is camouflaged!