Archive for June 2009

Australian Bat Society trying to save the Christmas Island Pipistrelle

June 27, 2009

The Christmas Island pipistrelle looks set to be the latest in Australia’s long line of mammalian extinctions … please write to the Environment Minister (details below) to help keep up the pressure.


With out intervention, the Christmas Island Pipistrelle will become extinct very soon. Parks Australia and Minister Garrett have been aware of this for several months and, unbelievably, are still failing to act. Please add you name and email the letter below to Minister Garrett ( and then forward to as many of your friends and colleagues as possible asking them to do the same.
For more information on the Pipistrelle, click here:
The Honourable Peter Garrett
Minister for the Environment
Dear Minister Garrett
I understand the Christmas Island Threatened Species Committee submitted a report to you at least three weeks ago. In it they provided recommendations for the management of the Christmas Island Pipistrelle. Why are you failing to act on those recommendations?
You have been advised that, with intervention, extinction of the Christmas Island Pipistrelle could be avoided. You have also been advised, ever since January, of the necessity to implement rescue actions as quickly as possible. Why then, given the knowledge that every day increases the likelihood of extinction, do you still fail to act?
Left alone, extinction for Christmas Island Pipistrelle is inevitable. Implementation of a rescue plan to save the Pipistrelle, successful or not, is the most appropriate and ethical course of action. Failure to do anything, under constant advise to the contrary, is negligent and accountable.
Yours sincerely,

Wild Cat Photo from Bulgaria

June 27, 2009

Colin Bradshaw in the UK sent me this nice shot he took of a Wild Cat up a tree in Cape Kaliakra, Bulgaria April 2009.


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Long-beaked Echidna Study in PNG

June 27, 2009

Papua New Guinea has some of the most interesting mammals in the world but also some of the hardest to find. this guy was in the field for 500 hours before he saw his first Long-beaked Echidna!


Study On Papua New Guinea’s Long-beaked Echidna Reveals Elusive Habits (June 23, 2009) — A research intern working in the wilds of Papua New Guinea has successfully completed what many other field biologists considered “mission impossible” — the first study of a rare egg-laying mammal called the long-beaked echidna.

Little Pig, Little Pig….

June 27, 2009

Giant pigs are on the move in Western Australia apparently. There is a photo here of one shot in the Pilbara up in the north of WA.  Its a monster!,,25598231-2761,00.html


Polecat Pictures

June 15, 2009

Here are a couple of pictures of the animal I saw yesterday



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Polecats Still at Tring in the UK

June 14, 2009

After two weeks of prevarication I finally jumped on the Eurostar from Paris to spend today in Tring, just north of London. For the past few weeks a family of Polecats have been seen regularly at the College Lake Nature Reserve – 1.5 mile walk from Tring Railway station along the canal (just by the village of Bulborne).  The youngsters are growing fast and are becoming harder to see but they were seen this morning at both the Window in the Woods Hide briefly, and from the adjacent Barn Hide for a bit longer at 11am today.  I saw at least one animal from the Window in the Woods hide at about 1.30 after a 1.5 hour wait.   It was only 3 metres from the hide window when it came to the pond to drink.  And I will upload a photo or two tomorrow. So they are still around and findable.  One of the four kits appeared to be dead in the pond in front of the Windown in the Woods hide today – but there are still at least 2 youngsters left.

Beautiful animals – and its fun to go on a mammal twitch.  Only the second time I have had the chance to go chasing a mammal that isn’t likely to be watchable for long.  And though the journey from Paris was a bit of a trek it was considerably closer than the 1600km round trip in a day I did to see for my first mammal twitch, a Southern Elephant Seal near Melbourne in 2003 … ouch.  It was that day I realised my hobby was becoming an obsession 🙂


New Trips Reports: Mulu (Borneo) and Iran

June 8, 2009

I just added two new reports

Rohan Clarke’s brief reccy to Mulu in Sarawak, where he saw a Tarsier among other things 


Erik Foekens report from Iran where he saw Onagers and Striped Hyenas among other stuff