Archive for August 2013

Adventures of a nature photographer

August 29, 2013

This short film from Brazil is fun – it documents someone’s attempt to photograph an Ocelot in the Atlantic Rainforest.

Jon

New Trip Report: Sri Lanka

August 29, 2013

Sri Lanka 2013: Great – detailed – report from Vladimir Dinets, 2.5 weeks & most of the mammals including several shrew sp, Indian Pangolin and a Dwarf Sperm Whale. Interestingly I saw the remains of a Pangolin quite close to where he saw his. Perhaps the Yala coast is a hotspot for them.

More information is urgently needed about Vladimir’s SOREX (Sound Reception Enhancing X-thing) which “proved useful for locating small mammals, particularly shrews. Unfortunately, the device looks extremely embarrassing, and can’t be used when there are people around.” I suspect Vladimir doesn’t embarrass easily, so this I want to see…

Jon

New Trip Reports: South Africa and the Western Sahara

August 29, 2013

Two more trips reports from the top and bottom of Africa.

Western Sahara, 2013: Alain Guillemont, 4 days & 10 species including Sand Cat, Wild Cat and Fennec Fox.

South Africa, 2013: Juan Luis Ortega Herranz, 2 weeks & 58 species including Honey Badger, Aardwolf and Aardvark.

Jon

New Trip Reports: Brazil

August 29, 2013

giant armadillo

A report of my recent trip to Brazil – the Atlantic Rainforest and Southern Pantanal is here. I saw about 40 species in 2.5 weeks including several of the rarer primates including Yellow-breasted Capuchin and Southern Muriqui, a Jaguarundi, and two Giant Armadillos (one my top 5 mammals of all time).

And a report from Igor Sarkassian (who I met in the Pantanal) with his account of an Amazon boat trip and the Southern Pantanal. Species include Jaguar and Giant Armadillo (the same one I saw).

Jon

New Trip Report – Glacier National Park

August 29, 2013

From Scott Flamand who went to Glacier National Park and over 3 days saw 14 species including Long-tailed Weasel, Grizzlies and Mountain Goats. With some great photos too. The report is here.

Jon

Need Chipmunk ID Help!

August 28, 2013

Attached is a picture taken in the Selkirk Mountains of northeast Washington State. I am in debate as to red-tailed vs. yellow pine. It appears to have features of both and five different field guides aren’t helping. Anyways, it was in an open/”managed” forest environ, 4500′ elevation. Most were found high in trees or shrubs. The large, bushy tail suggests red-tailed but lacks that very defined red that field guides point out, however its tail seems larger and more red than the yellow-pines I’m used to in the Cascades. Its back stripes are dark, but not very dark stripes. Its rump color seems olive-gray, suggesting more yellow-pine, ah…chipmunks are a real difficult group to ID! Any thoughts are very appreciated.

Red-tailed? Yellow-pine?

Red-tailed? Yellow-pine?

seeing wolves

August 28, 2013

Hi all

Having dipped wolves in Spain earlier this year, I’m pondering another attempt, before too long. The question is where? Any suggestions? Preferably Europe, but I wouldn’t rule out elsewhere. 

I think Yellowstone is fairly reliable, but I’d rather go somewhere where they aren’t recent re-introductions.

Any thoughts much appreciated.

Cheers

Steve