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Mammal watching stopover in Austria

I was travelling East this summer (2021) and came through Austria, where I spent some hours at three different locations: two at Lake Neusiedl, one in Vienna. 1.8.:…

St. Lucia Lake, South Africa

In 1998 I attended a Living Lakes conference at St. Lucia Lake. For a couple of days I would get up at 5 every morning and walk a…

Markhor (Capra falconeri)

The „king of the goat tribe“ H. L. Haughton called the Markhor in 1913: „His very looks and bearing are regal.“ [7] For Schaller (1977) it is simply…

Straight-horned Markhor (C. f. megaceros)

As the name suggests: the distinctive feature of this subspecies is its straight horns. There are two phenotypes: Kabul Markhor and Suleiman Markhor. Both forms are rather small….

Wildlife in the Darwaz Mountains of Tajikistan

I visited Tajikistan between February 15th and March 2nd 2020. They main purpose of the trip for me was to see Markhor. Of course I was equally excited to observe all other wildlife species –…

Winter birds of Darwaz, Tajikistan

Here are some of the birds that I encountered on my trip through Tajikistan. To find out more about the country and its wildlife switch to my other…

Afghanistan, 2020

No, I haven’t been there. But during my trip to Tajikistan I had the chance to look across the border every day, got an impression how life is…

The ultimate mammal watching lens: Nikon 500 mm F5.6 PF ED VR

Maybe some of you remember that I had promised to write a review on a lens my wife wanted to present me for having won the „NUTTER Awards…

Anatolian Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra asiatica)

The Anatolian Chamois is a very rarely discussed and documented taxon. Lydekker described it for the first time in 1908. Find below a summary of facts and some…

Caucasian Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra caucasica)

According to Damm and Franco (2014) this phenotype is probably on average larger than the Alpine Chamois, while its horns are shorter and more compact. Names Armenian: Kovkasyan lernayts [2, 5]  Azeri: Köpkör,…