Hazel Dormouse: Jack in the Box

The last time we wrote about the hazel dormouse was this time last year, just as the UK ecology season was drawing to a close. You can check out that post here. Now, we’re at that time again and we’re not quite sure where the year has gone. In fact, we’ve just made our annual…

Fantastic Mr. Fox

At the Bottom of the Garden Although Emma and I enjoy going on the hunt to find wildlife, sometimes wildlife just comes to us. In a previous blog post we shared our experience of finding a green woodpecker at the bottom of the garden and then a later experience meeting his family (see here and here). Our…

The Gharial: A Critically Endangered Fish Eating Crocodilian

Before setting off to a new location, we always do some basic research into what types of creatures call that place home. We also try to gauge the likelihood of us actually seeing them. There were a few big hitters on the list to see in Chitwan National Park, Nepal, including the one-horned rhino, royal…

Nepal’s First National Park: Chitwan National Park

After exploring Nepal’s capital city, Kathmandu, and getting acquainted with the urban macaques, we decided to head south towards the jungle near the border of India. Tom and I enjoy the hustle and bustle of cities and all the culture and history that comes with it, but what we love most is being out in…

One Night at Mahakirau Forest Estate

Three Archey’s frogs, five Hochstetter’s frogs, three Coromandel striped geckos, and one forest gecko… all seen in less than a 24 hour period! Whenever we visit Sara and Ro out at Mahakirau Forest Estate, we are always spoilt with wildlife encounters.

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,…

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…

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…