Brendan Moyle

Massey University senior lecturer, Dr Brendan Moyle, has been passionate about wildlife his entire life, which motivated him to gain qualifications in zoology and economics. The economics comes from a simple realisation. Most causes of wildlife loss are ultimately economic in nature. Threats like habitat loss and poaching are fundamentally economic in nature. Of late he's been focused more on issues of wildlife poaching. When he started out as a zoologist, Brendan had a fascination with some of our smallest arachnids- the falsescorpions. Since then he's moved on to various crocodilians, and more recently, tigers. This takes him to smuggling ‘hotspots’, where avoiding getting eaten by large carnivores, bitten by small venomous reptiles, shot at by smugglers seem to be important skills. Like many other conservationists, I’ve also developed a keen interest in wildlife photography.

Crazy Creationists Unleashed #1 - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Oct 27, 2010

One of the facets of social media is it allows lots of people to voice all kinds of opinions, and make all sorts of wonderful assertions. Micro-blogging sites like twitter are accessible to people with often, nothing more than a cellphone. This has also meant that the various species of creationists wanting to popularise their views, are a constant plague. So, I thought I’d occasionally dip into the timelines, extract the odd mirthful assertion, and have a closer look. This one is from @joecienkowski who tweets: @xxxxxx how you explain 96% reduction in human population in only 2010 years & expect to go much more than few thousand years past. Okay, Joe is a Young-Earth-Creationist who believes that the earth is really just a few thousand years old. What he’s doing is recycling an old argument that if we … Read More

Chasing the early morning light - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Oct 27, 2010

One of the delights of photographing in Spring (and also Autumn) is the way the light becomes somewhat more vivid and clearer. This shot was taken out on the Hauraki Gulf early last week, just as the sun was rising. One of the tricks to taking these photos is to use a graduated ND filter to preserve more of the highlights. And a good tripod is also handy 🙂 … Read More

Tuesday Morning Crocodile Photo - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Oct 26, 2010

One of the advantages to being in a small boat to photograph crocodiles, is the ability to compose shots of the animal swimming towards you.  This is also where having a competent lookout is handy too. This shot is from the Mary River up in the Northern Territory of Australia.  I was using an a700 with a 300/4 G prime for these shots. This guy is about 3 metres long. No idea about its gender however 🙂 Clicking the image will bring up a slightly larger version. Read More

A glimpse into the insanity files - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Oct 13, 2010

To reinforce the idea that a stalker is not some infatuated, pining soul, here’s some excerpts from just the week I was in China.  The person concerned here received prophetic dreams from God, which gives some context to the religious elements to these messages. At this point I had not communicated to the person for almost 2 months.  The theory is that by not communicating at all, to any provocation, this will cause the person to eventually give up. I am not backing down from prophecy,.,,you are fucking fraud, lying to people, and I dont care what happens just opening up another hotmail account, get ready to have your life destroyed @XX yeah much more delicious and truthful individuals online..reporting brendan now to his boss Good luck with your pathetic life and lies brendan moyle, good riddens I … Read More

What not to say to someone who is being stalked - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Oct 12, 2010

As this issue grinds on, weeks on, I have developed some strong feelings as to what not to say to someone in this position 🙂 The first, is don’t say that you must be flattered at this attention. Stalkers aren’t motivated by some mild infatuation. It’s an obsession. And it’s one that is based on an imagined and fantastical belief. You don’t get stalked because of who you are, you get stalked for what the stalker imagines you are. So this is no puerile male fantasy come true, where some pliant lovesick woman wants to love you. This is a disturbing pursuit by an obsessed person, wanting to control and manipulate your behaviour. There is nothing flattering about it. The second is getting told to ignore it. Again, this under-estimates the effect of stalking. So what if the woman doesn’t … Read More