Archive for May 2011

Batwatch Nicaragua

May 29, 2011

My website died a sad death yesterday – a long weekend no less – so if you want details about the Batwatch trip please go to

Thanks! Fiona

Hungary 2011

May 28, 2011

Hi all,

As I said in a previous post, I am going to visit Slovakia in June to track some large carnivores. We first plan to visit Hortobagy, Hungary.

It seems that the sousliks are not very easy to spot… Do you know where we would have some good opportunities? If someone has any information on saker falcon, imperial eagle, great bustard and wildcat, it may be very useful as well.

I will post a report as soon as we come back, and let’s hope there will be some nice observations^^

Thank you very much !




Batwatch Nicaragua

May 27, 2011

Want to see ,catch and identify bats with a purpose? Visit a spectacularly diverse tropical region? Catch 40 or more species in a week? Join Batwatch Nicaragua, a new kind of tour-workshop led by Fiona Reid and Nicaraguan bat biologists, in the remote Indio-Maiz national park, November 12-20, 2011. You can contact Fiona Reid at .

Go to for more details

Takin vs Dhole

May 27, 2011

This is very cool… Vikram Singh from Wild World India sent me the following images taken by his friend and colleague Dhritiman Mukherjee on May 20, 2011.

They were in the Mishmi Hills in the state of Arunachal Pradesh when Vikram says ” I came across one of my most spectacular moments in the wilderness. A Mishmi Takin and calf were stalked by a lone Indian Wild Dog on a hill slope where the only escape route for the Takin was through a narrow path up, fiercely guarded by the Dog. We observed this confrontation at different times over two days and were not sure how long had this been going on before we managed to stumble upon it while scoping the hills for birds. We had to finally leave without knowing the outcome of this face-off. ”

That’s one plucky Dhole!

RFI – for Chipmunks and Ground Squirrels in California, Colorado and eastern Utah

May 25, 2011

I am in the USA for 10 days early next month – mainly around LA and Denver – but I will spend a few days driving around or out of both states if I need to. Can anyone recommend sites for the following squirrels in those areas:

Hopi Chipmunk
Lodgepole Chipmunk
Merriam’s Chipmunk

Belding’s Ground Squirrel
Spotted Ground Squirrel
Mojave Ground Squirrel

I might go to Yosemite again too. Does anyone know how easy it is to see Allen’s and Long-eared Chipmunks there or in the surrounds?



RFI: Texas and North Carolina

May 25, 2011

Gerald Broddelez asked me to post the following RFI for him .. Jon

Dear all, I ll be visiting texas and n’carolina next august and would appreciate any mammal watching sites and key species anyone can recommend. Bobcat and Red Wolf are my priorities. Any info on bats and/or bat specialists etc is also very welcome. Many thanks Gerald

New Trip Report: Giant Pandas in the Qinlings

May 25, 2011

I’ve just added a new report from Jerzy Dyczkowski, who was in the Qinlings for a week and saw 12 species including Giant Panda, Tufted Deer, Golden Snub-nosed Monkey and Rothschild’s Zokor.

I also added a link to a nice article in the Sunday Times (a UK newspaper) about panda watching there.

Both are linked on