Mozambique Diary: Golden bats

Tomorrow marks the first official day of the Gorongosa Biodiversity Survey on the Cheringoma Plateau. All participating scientists are arriving, and the following morning we will depart for the first, northernmost site. But even before we get to those remote and unexplored areas, some of us have been already collecting interesting data. Earlier today Jen…

Mozambique Diary: It’s good to have my gear back

To celebrate the miraculous recovery of my photographic equipment from the clutches of South African Airways, today I took my new Canon 400mm for a short spin around the Chitengo camp. I usually do not photograph birds and mammals, but there are so many of them around that it would be a shame not to…

Scary, scary stuff

As the tradition dictates, every year on this day we like to scare the living crap out of each other. One common way of doing it is to pick a random, small animal, and pretend that it is somehow dangerous or deadly. The top of this list of innocent victims is usually occupied by bats,…

A portrait of the competition

White-throated Round-eared Bat (Lophostoma silvicolum) is an insectivorous bat that specializes in hunting katydids, the very same group of insects I like to catch (albeit for different reasons.) This species is common in rainforests of Central and South America. Note the large, leaf-like flap on its nose, which is a device that helps the bat…