Archive for the ‘Australasia’ category

Borneo Trip Report

June 25, 2017

Hi all.   I have finally finished a long trip report for the two weeks we spent in Sabah in March and April.  Despite lots of rain, it was a fantastic trip.   We didn’t end up seeing a Clouded Leopard but we saw lots of other great wildlife.

We saw 36 mammals including Borneo Pygmy Elephants, Orangutan, Whitehead’s Pygmy Squirrel, Marbled Cat, Otter Civet, Slow Loris and more.

Below is a link to day 1.  To view the other days, just click on the links in the Trip Report Archive applet on the right side for April 2017.

http://focusedonnature.blogspot.com/2017/04/borneo-day-1-and-2-kota-kinabalu.html

Alan

New Trip Report: New South Wales/Queensland Border

April 4, 2016

Here’s a report of a few days chasing mammals and other stuff on the border of New South Wales and Queensland.

NSW & Qld borders, 2016: Tim Bawden’s acccount of a long weekend looking for wildlife with mammals including Hump-backed DolphinFawn-footed MelomysRufous Bettong and Chocolate Wattled Bats.

 

Jon

Western Australian Mammals

February 24, 2016

Jimmy Lamb has sent an excellent guide to finding many of WA’s larger mammals.  Good to see that many of the sites I know are still reliable, and excellent to learn of some new ones too.

Western Australia (2016): Jimmy Lamb’s excellent notes on where to see a wide variety of Western Australia’s larger mammals.

 

Jon

New Trip Report – Tasmania

February 6, 2016

Here’s a new report from a new contributor.

Jimmy Lamb spent a couple of weeks in Tasmania late last year and cleaned up on the larger mammals.  A very useful report with great photos.  And he has promised more information on his home state Western Australia too

Tasmania, 2015: Jimmy Lamb, 2 weeks and all of the larger land mammals including Tiger Quolls and Tasmanian Bettongs.

Jon

 

Book Review: Complete Guide to Finding the Mammals of Australia

January 12, 2016

David Andrew’s new book, The Complete Guide to Finding the Mammals of Australia, is essential reading for anyone wanting to find some of Australia’s fabulous critters.

The paperback is organised in two parts. The first 250 pages cover key sites in the eight Australian states and territories, with a section on cetacean watching too. The last 150 are organised by species. Its well set out and – so far as I could tell – all very accurate: I’ve been to many of the sites and seen many of the mammals at them, but there was new information here too and I’ll be packing the book next time I head home.

The guide gives very detailed and specific information on where to find some species.  Other times the information is a bit more general and is limited to national parks where species occur, so you are going to need to do a bit more research or ask the rangers when you get there (often good practice in any case, as many species fluctuate according to fire and weather patterns).  But it is required reading if you are sitting down and trying to get your head around a mammal watching itinerary across what is a very large country. There are also useful contact details for organisations you can volunteer with to take part in small mammal surveys and so on: pretty much the only realistic chance you have of seeing quite a large proportion of Australia’s smaller mammals.

The book’s available from CSIRO publishing in Australia. It’s also on Amazon.com and presumably all good book stores. I’d have saved a fortune in fuel and phone calls if this had been in print 20 years ago.

 

Jon

New Trip Report – Australia

October 31, 2015

Here’s a new report from Steve Morgan, just back from Western Australia, Queensland and Tasmania: 4 weeks & 45 species including Tiger Quoll, Honey Possum and Eastern Long-eared Bat.

Jon

Mammals in the News

June 3, 2015

A few recent stories that caught my eye.

I was expecting some sort of online tool to identify birds and it has arrived (though I anticipated more of a Shazam for bird song). Now when can we get one for Chipmunks (and a bunch of other species too please!).

Good (or potentially good) news stories about:

European Bison,

Eastern Quolls in Australia

Nepali Snow Leopards;

And one Striped-Rabbit researcher.

But not good news for this young Hippo.

Finally an interesting article on the relationship between Gelada Baboons and Ethiopian Wolves. A forerunner to people and their pooches?

Jon