A New Zealand Tūī Feeding on Flax Nectar

Click to zoom in New Zealand’s Endemic Tūī Tūī (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae) are an endemic New Zealand bird found across almost all of New Zealand. They range from the subtropical Kermadec Islands to the sub-Antarctic Auckland Islands. Tūī are noticeably absent from the Canterbury region although they were found there historically. With native planting, predator control,…

Nice to Bee back in New Zealand: Hive Audits

Beeing Employed Click to zoom in Within a week of being back in the country, we had somehow landed a short-term contract working with honey bees. Emma and I had put on bee suits before and photographed a friends bees but that was the extent of our experience. For this work, we essentially drove around…

Nighttime in the Jungle: Bioluminescent Mushrooms

Nighttime in the Jungle Assisting a researcher based at Danau Girang Field Centre along the lower Kinabatangan River (Sabah, Borneo), we set out on a nighttime frog survey.  We came across many amazing frog species, a few of which you can check out in our blog post here. Whilst walking along the track, we noticed…

Another Ant… or is it? Mimicry in the Bornean Jungle

Trekking Through the Jungle As you are tramping through the jungle, you see all sorts of amazing creatures. Every now and then, though, you see something that really takes you by surprise. This little ‘insect’ was definitely the surprise on this occasion. Click to zoom in The Ant on the Leaf As I was brushing…

A Golden-spotted Tiger Beetle in Borneo (Cicindela aurulenta)

Down at the Jetty Zipping about in the patches of sunlight down by the jetty at Danau Girang Field Centre were many jewel-like tiger beetles. Click to zoom in Capturing Tiger Beetles on Camera Capturing them on camera was the real challenge because as soon as they noticed your movement, they were off like a…

Zoomology Turns One Today

A year ago today, Tom and I wrote our first blog post on Zoomology. It has been a very rewarding journey. We have learnt so much with each post we have written, not only about the species and places we have covered, but also about our own ‘voice’. Here are all of our blog posts…

A Bornean Tarantula with Iridescent Teal ‘Toes’

TARANTULA ONE The Tarantula’s Tree In Borneo, between the Danau Girang Field Centre and the jetty stands a tree. To look at it you wouldn’t think of it as being any more worthy of attention than any of the other thousands of trees in the rainforest. However, this tree is the home of a rather…

The Horsfield’s Tarsier: The Only Species Found in Borneo & Sumatra

Finding Tarsiers in the Jungle Every night during our stay at Danau Girang Field Centre in Borneo (read about our stay here), we went out into the jungle and explored. We took the following photos over three nights in different locations of three individuals. We couldn’t believe the luck we had in finding them! From…

A Few Forest Frogs

Frogs? Amphibians? What’s the Fuss? I have always loved frogs, ever since I was a little boy. I still haven’t put my finger on what exactly mesmerises me so much. Is it their slippery skin, their hopping legs and huge eyes? Is it their diversity, the number of different body shapes and colours they exhibit?…