Archive for May 2009

New Population of Irrawaddy Dolphins Discovered

May 22, 2009

If anyone is heading to Bangladesh then check this out…

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/04/090401184832.htm

Jon

Sichuan Trip Report

May 21, 2009

I was in Sichuan at the end of April.  It was wet and the mammals didn’t like the rain any more than I did.  But I still saw 22 species, including Takin, Tufted Deer, Chinese Giant Flying Squirrel and Chinese Serow.  A trip report is here

http://mammalwatching.com/Palearctic/palearctchinasichuan2009.html

Can someone tell me whether Sichuan is in the Paleartic or Oriental fauna zones?

cheers

 

Jon

Amur Leopard Cat Photo

May 20, 2009

Amur Leopard Cat

Rich Lindie who is based in South Korea just sent me a photo of an Amur Leopard Cat from Seosan Lakes, not so far from Seoul.  Its an impressive looking beast – and quite different from the usual flavour that’s common through much of SE Asia.

 

More details on Seosan are here http://mammalwatching.com/Palearctic/palearctkorea.html

 

Jon

New trip Reports: Iberian Lynx and Sulawesian Babirusas

May 19, 2009

Two new trip reports

 

Curtis Hart was in Sulawesi at the start of the year and saw Babirusas among other things.  I’m very jealous.  His report is here

http://mammalwatching.com/Oriental/orientsulawesi.html

And Steve Davis is just back from the Andujar site for Iberian Lynx and had better views than me.  See his report at

http://mammalwatching.com/Palearctic/palearctspain.html

Jon

Boto Pictures

May 18, 2009

There are some great pictures of Amazon RIver Dolphins here from Kevin Schafer at the national geo website

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2009/06/dolphins/jenkins-text

with more of his “Unpublished Favorites” page at:

http://kevinschafer.com/dolphins.html

After trying for hours to take a picture of a Boto and getting no more than a dorsal fin I am beyond impressed….

 

Jon

New Trip Reports: Yunan, China and Baja California

May 18, 2009

I just uploaded two new trip reports from Yunnan in China from Dion Hobcraft and Steve Anyon-Smith.  They are both mainly birding trips but with a few mammals (mainly squirrels).  They are linked here http://mammalwatching.com/Palearctic/palearctchina.html

Another report – for Baja California – from Coke Smith is here

http://mammalwatching.com/Nearctic/nearctmexico.html

He was more dedicated to the mammals and saw a lot of nice stuff including an American Badger. Some great photos too.

I got back from Sichuan a couple of weeks ago and will upload a trip report soon.  Bad weather did not help me find many of the things I was looking for but I saw a few nice species.

 

Jon