Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

The Auckland Bike Challenge: Day 1 (Wheels of Death Edition)

Brendan Moyle Feb 03, 2016

For those of you residing in Auckland, there is currently a biking challenge for this month. It’s just about getting more people on bikes this month in Auckland. Now that I’m actually back in New Zealand (yeah, I’ve been overseas a lot), I thought I’d sign up. I mean, I like to bike anyway.  Compared to fieldwork in China, … Read More

China expedition – bile and bear farms

Brendan Moyle Dec 11, 2015

Wifi isn’t so good on this trip.  Finding a signal to upload posts has become tricky. I can’t upload photos with these speeds either.  Nonetheless, it’s good to hear news from home when we do get a signal! Looking at the weather in Beijing, we feel fortunate to be working in Mudanjiang. The sky yesterday was clear and blue, and … Read More

Sunday Seascape 29 November

Brendan Moyle Nov 30, 2015

We’ve had some lovely days in Auckland. So I have actually left the computer behind, and gone out to take photos.  This feels even more important of late, as I’m about to go back to China to do more fieldwork.  One thing China tends not to have, is scenes like the Hauraki Gulf.  Especially in winter. North Head in Devonport … Read More

Back to the cold

Brendan Moyle Nov 08, 2015

Well, in December I make my next expedition overseas.  It’ll be my sixth trip in the last 12 months, and like all the others, up in the Northern Hemisphere.  More specifically, China. I’m heading to the far north so it’ll be very cold.  So that’s a whole lot closer.  This is adding up to a lot of hours in … Read More

A trip to Fairy Falls

Brendan Moyle Oct 25, 2015

My last two attempts to photograph the Fairy Falls (in the Waitekere Ranges) were thwarted by the weather. On the first occasion, bright sunlight blew out the highlights on the water. On the second occasion, it rained. On Wednesday we had rain and bouts of bright sunshine. But the bits in between worked out okay. I have discovered that most … Read More

Counting Ivory: Does it add up?

Brendan Moyle Oct 22, 2015

The publicity the illegal trade in ivory gets is at the moment, running high.  By way of background, the estimated numbers of elephants being illegal killed in African range states, ranges from 25,000 to 35,000 a year.  That means- roughly- there is about 250-350 tons of raw ivory being harvested by poachers annually.  The average weight of a tusk is … Read More

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