Monday, 14 November 2011

Three video cameras to be set up along Sg Ingei track

The survey leader of the Sg Ingei Faunal Biodiversity Survey, Dr Joseph Charles (C), former Brunei Museum curator Samhan Nyawa (R), the field coordinator of the Sg Ingei Faunal Biodiversity Survey and Stephen Hogg (L), a professional photographer-cum-videographer whom the Universiti Brunei Darussalam-led scientific team invited to join the two-year expedition, examining the topographical map of Sg Ingei for strategic locations to place their camera traps. Picture: BT/Rasidah HAB

Saturday, November 5, 2011

THREE video cameras will be set up at Sg Ingei in Ulu Belait as part of the Sg Ingei Faunal Biodiversity Survey. The installation of the video cameras follow suit the first cameras set up made in July.

Speaking during an interview at the Sungai Ingei Faunal Biodiversity Survey base camp, Stephen Hogg, a professional wildlife photographer-cum-videographer, said more than 60 camera traps had been set up around Sg Ingei area, and the video cameras were hoped to provide further visual of the 18,000 hectares area's biodiversity.

The three-day, two-night trip to Sg Ingei saw the participation of senior personnel of Standard Chartered Bank Brunei (SCB), including SCB Chief Executive Officer Lai Pei-Si, and members of the media.

Hogg was invited by the Universiti Brunei Darussalam-led scientific team to join the two-year expedition.

Hogg said they had huge results with the camera traps in the expedition set up in four trails around Sg Ingei.

"We have more than 60 camera traps and have more than 7,000 pictures in one sample (there are four samples altogether)," he said.

The next step is, because some of these animals are really unique and rare, it would be good to try to get video footage of the animals, he added.

The video traps will probably be set at the same trail of the camera traps. The video cameras, which can take 120 minutes of video, will be left on the chosen sites for six months.

"The three video cameras will be set in this trip but we do not know where yet. We will look for interesting trails, along ridges and we will see what we get," he added.

Hogg, from the Kuala Lumpur-based Wildtrack Photography, recorded the first footage of a Sumatran rhino with a video trap in Sabah, Malaysia, several years ago, and he will be using the same method to capture the faunal biodiversity in Sg Ingei.

For the survey, the team were not looking for any particular species, hence the video traps will be set at knee height or slightly higher but not waist height.

The reason was to enable them to capture all land animals, he said.

The survey's Project Administrator, Dr Ang Bee Biaw, said the pictures in the sample of the first trail had already been analysed.

They will be analysing the remaining sample soon. The team retrieved the fourth and final sample on October 30.

"Each sample is about three to four months of data, normally a sample we would have 7,000 to 12,000 pictures," she said.

"In the first sample we have more than 7,000 pictures. The second sample was the most, we have 12,000 pictures to analyse," she added.

"What we do for camera trap data analysis is we look at each picture, try to identify the animal, see if the animal is even in the picture or not, sometimes it is so vague, sometimes there is just a tail you can only see. You need to identify which animal the tail belongs to," Ang said.

The survey team together with Hogg arrived at Sg Ingei on October 28 and will continue their work there until November 7.The Brunei Times

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