Archive for December 2009

Happy Christmas

December 25, 2009

I hope everyone out there is having a good Christmas and taking some quiet time to think of the trips they would like to take and the mammals they would like to see next year. Adam Riley took this great picture of a Brown Three-toed Sloth in Panama as the INDRI Tours image of the month. I join them in hoping that your are all adopting a similar lifestyle today. I know I am …. except I feel considerably fatter than the Sloth.

I’ve had a bit of a crappy year personally in 2009, but the mammal watching has been the saving grace. I’m taking my kids to New York for a week tomorrow where there are many strange creatures but none I can add to my life list. I hope you all have a good break and that 2010 starts well. See you next year


Stoats hunting hares.

December 23, 2009

I am searching for sightings and pictures of stoats attacking adult brown hares. If anyone can send or direct me to reliable information would be highly appreciated. The only near/clear proof I found thus far is this beautiful photograph here:

I am thinking of making a painting of a stoat attacking an adult hare. But before I do I want to be sure they do this. Pictures of stoats over dead hares or stoats being very near hares (even like the one I mentioned) are not proof enough for me.  See

Thanks in advance. (

New Trip Reports: PNG, Borneo and Madagascar

December 21, 2009

K. David Bishop, from VENT tours, sent me three trip reports today.

Borneo 2008 – where he saw a Bay Cat!

Papua New Guinea – where he saw an impressive (for PNG) 10 species

and Madagascar


New Borneo Trip Report

December 20, 2009

Alain Guillemont was in Borneo in June. He had a fabulous trip picking up Tarsiers, a Sun Bear, 2 Marbled Cats and a Clouded Leopard.

Some more information is here


New Mammal/Bird Blog

December 19, 2009

Hi guys,

I’m starting a blog here on wordpress that will hopefully be a good source of mammal and bird trip reports in the future. I’m starting with some mystery mammal photos from a 2008 trip to Venezuela. If ya’ll would be kind enough to take a look and tell me what you think it would be much appreciated.



Andy Boyce

Missoula, MT

Venezuela mystery mammal photos + new mammal/bird blog

December 19, 2009

Hello all,

I’m new to the mammalwatching world, mostly a birder in the past, but I’m broadening my horizons. I’ve started a blog and posted 3 mystery photos from Venezuela. 2 Opossum sp. and 1 bat sp. Any ID help would be appreciated.

Sucker Footed Bats don’t have suckers after all

December 17, 2009

Some interesting research from Madagascar….