Archive for February 2014

Great cam photos from a watering hole in California

February 28, 2014


These are from a ranch just north of Los Angeles:

Lake Tahoe, California

February 26, 2014

This year the accumulation of snow in the Sierra Nevada is the smallest in written history. Yesterday I went to Lake Tahoe, expecting weasels and snowshoe hares to be easy to find. The lakeshores were almost snow-free. I didn’t see any hares or hare tracks (they’ve probably all been eaten by now), but eventually found an ermine at dusk along Rainbow Trail (accessible from Taylor Creek Visitor Center off Hwy 89). It was very shy and disappeared when I was still about 70 m away. Mountain pocket gophers are very active in meadows and lawns around South Lake Tahoe, and, surprisingly, Allen’s chipmunks are not hibernating (saw one at Angora Ridge Rd. turnoff). There is some snowfall in the forecast, but I am sure March and early April will also be good for weasels.

World Mammal List

February 26, 2014

I’m on the hunt for a world mammal list with English and scientific names in Excel format.  Does anyone out there have anything that fits the bill that they would be willing to share?

Thanks in advance.

Elk vs Photographer… you can leave your hat on

February 26, 2014

This video is kind of scary… though why the photographer didn’t stand up (or his or any car come to the rescue sooner) is a mystery. But at least he kept his hat on!


RFI Belize and Yucatan

February 25, 2014


I’ll be spending 2 weeks in Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula in march, based in Caye Caulker, Lamanai and Chan Chich in Belize, Chichen Itza and Tulum in Mexico.

Does anyone have tips to share for those places?? (i’m interested in everything mammalian)

Thank you,


New Trip Reports: Sri Lanka and the Western Ghats

February 25, 2014

Two new reports from Coke Smith and family, and another epic expedition with great photos.

Western Ghats, 2013: Coke Smith, a week or so & 41 species including Brown Palm Civet and a Rusty-spotted Cat.

Sri Lanka, 2014: Coke Smith, 12 days & 59 species including Fishing Cat, both Golden Palm Civets, both Lorises, Leopard and Sloth Bear.

A reminder for newcomers to this forum. This wordpress site is a sister forum to the full site which inlcudes all the trip reports posted here and more, organised by country.


RFI: Amami Rabbit

February 24, 2014

A friend of mine is planning a trip to Japan this summer, and he’d like to see Amami Rabbit. Does anyone have information about finding it?