Sunday, 30 May 2010

Wildlife: Grizzly Bear

The famous Grizzly is not a species but in fact the north American race of Brown Bear. Photo taken by Mike Crutch in Alaska in May 2010.

Monday, 17 May 2010

Guidebooks: European Reptile and Amphibian Guide

European Reptile and Amphibian Guide by Axel Kwet is published by New Holland (in 2009). It contains all you need to know about identifying (and much more) the Salamanders, Newts, Frogs, Toads, Turtles, Geckos, Lizards, Skinks and Snakes of Europe. There are some superb photographs (over 300), range maps and many insights into these often neglected animals.

Monday, 10 May 2010

Wildlife: Golden Jackal

Golden Jackal Canis aureus is fairly hard to see, being mostly nocturnal, shy and wary of man. But it is actually not uncommon in the Middle East, North Africa and even in SE Europe, in the Balkan countries, from where it is spreading northwards and eastwards into Italy and Central Europe. It is smaller and more slender than its relative the Wolf and tends to live in less forested, dry areas. This great photo by Mladen Vasilev was taken in Bulgaria.