California RFI

Posted September 2, 2015 by Mike Richardson
Categories: Uncategorized

Hi all

I will be visiting California for the last 10 days of October. It won’t be a hardcore mammal watching trip but I will be spending a good chunk of my time looking wildlife, particularly potential mammal lifers.

There is already a huge amount of California info on this site and I also have Vladimir’s guide. In fact so detailed is all this information I’m having serious issues trying fit the best sites into a 10 day itinerary.

I’m pretty keen to see Kit Fox, Giant K-rat and Nelson’s Antelope Squirrel but understand that mammal watching in the Carrizo Plain NM is pretty poor at the moment following the lack of rain. Can anyone who has been there recently confirm if this is still the case? Would I be better visiting Little Panoche Road instead (which would be easier to fit into my plans)?

I also intend to spend some time exploring Yosemite NP and Mono Lake. I’m guessing by late October all the marmots and pikas will be hibernating. Are any of the chipmunks still likely to be active?

Finally, does anyone have any information on where best to look for Pygmy Rabbit in the Mono Lake area?

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. If time wasn’t so limited I would visit all the above sites and just see what I could turn up.

New Trip Report: Lake Baikal

Posted September 2, 2015 by Jon Hall
Categories: Europe and the Palearctic

Dominique Brugiere visited Lake Baikal in search of the seals on his way home from Mongolia. Here’s his report.

Baikal Seals, 2015: Dominique Brugiere, 3 days looking for – and seeing – Baikal Seals.


Mole Hunter

Posted September 1, 2015 by Jon Hall
Categories: Europe and the Palearctic

This is pretty amazing… I wish I could learn to do this!


Not Your Usual Camera Trapping

Posted September 1, 2015 by mattinidaho
Categories: Uncategorized

Wildlife researcher Jonny Armstrong has used studio lighting techniques with his camera trapping. Here are some of the stunning results (as well as some of the failures). Some cool Wyoming mammals, too.

Blast from past: Humpback Whale the Netherlands

Posted August 31, 2015 by pietervogelfreak
Categories: Uncategorized

Hi people,

I thought it would be nice to post this Youtube clip from Januari 2013. Humpback Whales are a very rare sight in the Netherlands. In one week it reached 30.000 views!

This is the included explanatory text:

What an experience! A solitary animal of at least 12 meters long (according to NIOZ) filmed on 12/01/2013 in the North Sea just west of Egmond aan Zee. Present since at least 20/12/2012 (confirmed with the help of photographic evidence). In the same area a mother and her calf are present since at least02/12/2012. Together with five friends I was attracted by reports on the internet. We saw somebody with a small boat returning to shore. They were surprised so have found a whale while at sea. De husband of the local bookshop was picking up his wife. And he decided, after our inquiry to join him, that only two of our group could board his boat. We followed the Humpback Whale for an hour or so (around 16:00), while the animal was foraging. Most of the time we stayed at a distance of 100 meters, but just before we decided to return to shore we closed in to about 30 meters. Because of the scar on this animal just behind its dorsal fin it was possible to identify it as the same animal that was seen at this same spot on 20/12/2012. Since 2003 Humpback Whales are reported more regularly on the Dutch shores, but only in very small annual numbers (1-5). It is reasonable to believe that these animals are from a population that migrates from the Cape Verde Islands in winter to the seas west of Norway in summer.

Best regads,

Pieter de Groot Boersma

New Report: Colombia

Posted August 31, 2015 by Jon Hall
Categories: Central and South America

Some brief notes from Michael Kessler on a few species seen in Colombia this year.

Colombia, 2015: Michael Kessler’s short note on a few sites visited during a botanical expedition, with species including Andean White-eared Opposum, White-footed and Cotton-top Tamarin and Lemurine Night Monkey.


New Trip Report: Western USA

Posted August 30, 2015 by Jon Hall
Categories: North American

A mega report from Michael Kessler, who spent 6 weeks in the West this summer, racking up at very impressive 88 species, with some really rare ones to boot, including 2 of my 3 most wanted US mammals.

Western USA, 2015: Michael Kessler, 6 weeks & 88 species(!) including Spotted Bat, Northern Right Whale Dolphins, Long-tailed and Water Voles, Wolf and Long-tailed Weasel.



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