Archive for August 2016

Recent posts you may have missed

August 29, 2016

Hello from Tokyo, where I am working after a happy – but short visit – to Amami Island, where I saw 17 of the endemic black Amami Rabbits and a couple of the very cool Ryoku Long-furred Rats.  Report coming soon.

Meanwhile, until we get an alert system in place  notifying the new posts, here are some recent posts you might want to check out

New Trip Report – Southern India

New Trip Report – Tapiche (Peru)

New Trip Report – Vienna

Carizo Plain RFI  (California)

 

New (old) Trip Report from Kenya and Tanzania

Close Encounters of the Furred Kind – my report back (and my talk) from the British Bird Fair

Two New Trip Reports – Namibia

New Trip Report – Bolivia

I have a bunch more to add this week and next

Cheers

Jon

 

 

 

 

Question about Roan&Sable at Mokala

August 29, 2016

Hi everyone!
I’m copying&pasting my question from the new mammal watching blog, just because you don’t get notofications from there yet.. and I’m impatient and want everyone to see and answer my question 😛

So, this goes mostly to people who have been to Mokala National park in-between two nights at Marrick:

Here’s the deal – my mom wants us to wake up around 7 at Marrick, have a “leuisurely” breakfast and then arrive at Mokala around 10am. Then of course in order to be back for dinner and night drive at Marrick, we would have to leave Mokala by 4:30pm (16:30). Would this give us a good shot at seeing both of these antelopes, or should I insist on trying to get there earlier? How easy is it to find both of those species in Mokala over a 6-hour stay?

Note that I have to “pick my battles” because we’re waking up super early 5 days in a row in Kruger, 1 day in Pilanesberg, and 1 day at West Coast.. (I’m also going to be waking up super early at De Hoop but the rest of the family can sleep in until I come back for breakfast)

Any reasosn why I should insist on getting there earlier, or why we actually don’t have to, to will be highly welcomed!
Thanks in advance!!
Tomer

Recent Posts on the Mammalwatching Forum you may have missed

August 22, 2016

Dear all

It will be a few more days until I can automatically alert subscribers to each post on the new forum.  In the meantime its good to see some new people have signed up and there have been some interesting posts over the past few days on the forum that you might want to check out.  These include

Manu Lowlands

Marbled Cat & Whiskered Flying Squirrel

East Africa Field Guide Recommendations

Pallas’s Cat Video

Pygmy Hippo RFI

As a reminder this blog is shutting down.  Your existing login details have been transferred to the new site. If you don’t remember your password then request a new one when you login at mammalwatching.com and – if the password reset email doesn’t arrive – check your spam folders!

cheers

Jon

Mammalwatching Reboot …. new forum/blog

August 19, 2016

Greetings from the British Bird Fair where there is a surprisingly large interest in mammals and mammal watching.

As some of you have noticed, the new – rebooted – mammalwatching.com is now up and running.  It officially passes my kids’ “doesn’t look like its from the olden days” test, even though – as Richard Webb pointed out – its not them that uses it so who cares.

There is still work to do of course.  And my trip to the Bird Fair means I haven’t managed to test everything.  In particular the new community forum – which replaces this blog – still needs some work.  I hope everyone who is a member of this forum will be able to use their same login details to post on the new forum here (if not then let me know!).  In particular I am not sure that the automatic emails that alert people to a new post are working properly yet.  But please bear with me on that.  And please start posting on the new forum from now on as this one will soon be shut down.

Please do take a look at the new site and let me know what you like, what you don’t like, and what can be improved or added (preferably as a comment on the new forum!).

Thank you

Jon

 

 

Tauros

August 19, 2016

Here is the illustrated answer to last week’s quiz.

… and a good place to see flightless scalytails

August 18, 2016

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/08/16/scientists-finally-found-zenkerella-the-worlds-most-mysterious-mammal/

A good place for greater noctules

August 17, 2016

I’m visiting my in-laws in Slavutych, Ukraine (it’s the town built to resettle Chernobyl Power Plant workers after the accident). The first time I visited in 2011, I noticed that greater noctule was exceptionally common there. This year it’s again the most common bat in the outlying parts of the town. You can see up to six at a time flying around, they show up just before dark and you can actually observe them scoop up small birds if there are any still flying around.

The place is 3 hours by car from Kiev. There are northern white-breasted hedgehogs running around even in the central part of the town, and a few km away is Dnepr floodplain, great for birding.

Vladimir Dinets