Archive for December 2010

Happy Christmas

December 24, 2010

Happy Christmas everyone, from a a very white Wales. I hope 2010 is ending well for you and that 2011 will be even better and full of exciting mammals of course. I’m looking forward to greeting the new year in Madagascar.

Here’s an image featuring Straw Coloured Fruit Bats that Fiona Reid sent me. Happy Holidays

New Trip Report – Sri Lanka

December 21, 2010

I have just uploaded a report of my trip a week ago to Sigiriya in Sri Lanka. We saw what I thought was an impressive 30+ species in 72 hours, 11 of which were lifers for me including Golden Palm Civet, Grey Slender Loris and Rusty-spotted Cat. This was mainly thanks to the excellent guiding from Udi at Bird and Wildlife Team, rather than anything I did.


Wolf and Elk in Estonia

December 14, 2010

This is a nice video that Triin Ivandi in Estonia sent me

And a little background is here

Meanwhile I just got back from Sri Lanka where during 72 hours in the field we racked up over 30 species including Grey Slender Loris, Rusty-spotted Cat, Golden Palm Civet and several Painted Bats in flight. The credit for all of this goes to Uditha, my excellent guide. A trip report will follow soon.


Bat Blitz 2011

December 7, 2010

The Southeastern Bat Diversity Network will be doing a bat blitz in North Carolina July 31-August 4, 2011. There is a link for more information on their home page at:

It might take a little schmoozing but it should be possible to visit at the mist net sites and see the bats.  One purpose of the blitz is to educate the public and most bat people are happy to share, in my experience.


New Trip Report – Lynx in Bialoweiza, Poland

December 4, 2010

Steve Morgan and Phil Telfer were in Bialoweiza a week ago and saw a Eurasian Lynx. Steve’s report is at the bottom of here

And now I am heading to Sri Lanka to look for Fishing Cats and Golden Palm Civets….


New trip Reports – Argentina & Southern Chile; and Nepal

December 1, 2010

Two new reports on at the bottom of the following pages….

Argentina and Southern Chile 2010: Fiona Reid’s Wildlife Encounters, 2 weeks & 25 species including Puma, Mara, Pichi and Greater Hairy Armadillo.


Nepal 2010: Matthew and Maureen Hart, 6 weeks mainly trekking & 17 species including Himalayan Tahr.