Archive for August 2009

New Trip Report – Switzerland

August 31, 2009

Another new Trip Report

Switzerland, 2009: Steve Davis and Karen Baker, 1 week & 7 mammals including a Ibex, Chamois and a Snow Vole.

New Trip Report – Yellowstone

August 31, 2009

Another nice report from Matt Miller – this is his recent trip to Yellowstone

Yellowstone: Matt Miller, 5 days & 19 mammals including Wolves, both bears and Otters.

I am looking forward to meeting Matt in a few weeks and trying to find an American Badger


New Trip Reports – Borneo & Malaysia, Sulawesi & Indonesia

August 31, 2009

I’m sorry has been quiet for a while. I just got back from a very nice 6 week work trip to Italy, Australia and South Africa. But I was working… and, if you don’t count the Koala in Noosa, and the Humpback in Sydney, I only had time to look for mammals in South Africa. I did manage to see a Brown Hyena, something I have been chasing for ages, as well as a Greater Cane Rat (thanks Andy and Indri and Rockjumper) and a load of other cool (but not new for me) stuff. Trip reports will follow.

In the meantime I just have added a few new reports. More to follow soon:

North Sulawesi and Gorantola 2009: Jean Dille, 10 days and some nice mammals including Spectral Tarsier, Anoa, Bear Cuscus, Heck’s Macaques and Babirusa.

Indonesia (esp. Sulawesi) 2009: Steve Anyon-Smith, 1 month & 20 mammals including Sulawesi Tarsier and Bear Cuscus and a load of good stories.

Malaysia and Borneo 2009: Indri Tours, 2 weeks & 50 mammals including a Banded Palm Civet in Tabin and a Sun Bear and a Tapir in Taman Negara!



Bat ID, Danum Valley Field Center.

August 10, 2009

This bat landed near me and I was able to take 2 pictures.  This was on a path less than 1/2 mile from the field center.  It was less than 2 hours after dark.  I think it is genus Rhinolophus, but that’s as far as I can get.  This was at Danum Valley in Sabah, Borneo.

DV bat 1dv bat 2dv bat3

Otters in Yellowstone

August 7, 2009

Otter 2
If you’re planning a trip to Yellowstone, a great place to see North American river otters–and otter activity–is at Trout Lake in the Lamar Valley.

Cutthroat trout move from the small lake to a tiny tributary stream in large numbers–in itself an interesting thing to see for naturalists. The otters hunt at the mouth of the stream, and can be seen tearing apart trout from a short distance away.

Read more about otter spotting in the Rockies. —Matt Miller