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What was your last lifer?

Post by Curtis Hart » February 17th, 2012, 8:26 pm

This is a great topic in the birding forum. Why not do it here?

My last lifer was a Cape Grysbok in St Helana's Bay, Western Cape, South Africa. We searched for quite awhile and turned up 10 Steenbok, and 3 Common Duiker, finally when I had given up, a small antelope crossed into a yard. I backed up and there was a male Cape Grysbok. It stepped out of view right as the camera focused.


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Re: What was your last lifer?

Post by Coluber Constrictor » February 17th, 2012, 9:12 pm

Mink, Big Cypress Swamp, 12/2011. Didn't get a very good look. :(

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Re: What was your last lifer?

Post by Mike VanValen » February 17th, 2012, 9:29 pm

My last mammal lifer was a Beaver back in 2008. New Haven County, CT.

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Re: What was your last lifer?

Post by Warren » February 17th, 2012, 11:17 pm

Probably an Asian Palm Civet in the Philippines last year, right after a Masked Palm Civet in Taiwan.
Despite the similar common names, they are in different genera.

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Re: What was your last lifer?

Post by krismunk » February 18th, 2012, 1:43 am

Lesser Egyptian jerboa, Jaculus jaculus, Israel, May 24 2011

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Re: What was your last lifer?

Post by Warren » February 18th, 2012, 7:17 am

Thanks Kris! I guess I saw some of those lifer Murids and Dipodids at the same time as you, but, umm ... they're mice. LBJ's.

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Post by krismunk » February 18th, 2012, 8:22 am

Warren wrote:Thanks Kris! I guess I saw some of those lifer Murids and Dipodids at the same time as you, but, umm ... they're mice. LBJ's.
We saw plenty of murids that night but I didn't see any dipodids though. This was a couple of nights later.

I saw 19 mammal species in those five days in Israel encompassing felids, canids, mustelids, herpestids, bovids, suids, leporids, rhinolophids, myocastorids, dipodids, murids and cricetids with 14 lifers among them - not bad for a herping trip.

I don't quite consider Jaculus an LBJ but I know what you mean. Come to think of it I should correct myself since Jaculus isn't my latest lifer. That would instead be the pygmy shrew, Sorex minutus. I see shrews regularly and rarely bother to ID them. I've always assumed I must have seen a pygmy shrew at least once or twice but never actually confirmed an ID of one until late September 2011 :roll:

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Re: What was your last lifer?

Post by mrichardson » February 26th, 2012, 11:42 am

My last world Lifer was also a Cape Grysbok spotlit near Lambert's Bay in South Africa last May. My last UK Lifer was Alcathoe's Bat.

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Re: What was your last lifer?

Post by Ted » March 7th, 2012, 6:34 am

My last lifer was a Bobcat last November.

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Post by mrichardson » March 11th, 2012, 1:21 pm

Just returned from a week in The Gambia, West Africa where I got 13 mammal lifers. Last one was Egyptian Mongoose. Other highlights were Cape Clawless Otter, Maxwell's Duiker and Senegal Bushbaby.

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Re: What was your last lifer?

Post by Nature Nate » March 23rd, 2012, 12:56 pm

I just saw my first long tailed weasel down here in San Diego. I wasn't even aware that they lived around here. Pretty awesome little creature. I wish I had gotten a picture of it but all I saw was the little guy blitzing across the road.

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Post by Hans Breuer (twoton) » March 23rd, 2012, 6:24 pm

Long-tailed Porcupine, Trychis fasciculata, last Saturday night. Ran out of the bush into our headlights, did a few confused circles, ran back into the bush. At first we took it for some gigantic rat with an odd tail (naked apart from a paintbrush tuft at the end), but our Borneo mammal field guide taught us otherwise the next day.

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Post by Hans Breuer (twoton) » March 23rd, 2012, 6:38 pm

Wait, that wasn't the last one, sorry. The last one was a mongoose, last Tuesday morning: The jury is still out on whether it was Herpestes semitorquatus or H. brachyurus. It crossed a small road littered with trash, maybe hunting for rats. Again, no photo :-(

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Re: What was your last lifer?

Post by Chris Smith » March 27th, 2012, 5:54 pm

River Otter (Lontra canadensis). They are supposedly common in MN but I had not seen one until fall 2011.

Before that, it was probably a badger (Taxidea taxus).

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Re: What was your last lifer?

Post by Curtis Hart » June 4th, 2012, 10:43 am

I started a summer job doing bat surveys. In the first three nights I've seen 5 species, 3 of which were new to me. Northern Myotis, Eastern Small-footed Myotis, and Eastern Red Bat. It's been a great start.



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Re: What was your last lifer?

Post by Freddy81 » June 18th, 2012, 1:34 pm

I´v started to see/hear all bat sp in Sweden. This is a new one fore me.

Daubenton's Bat - Myotis daubentonii
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Re: What was your last lifer?

Post by Neil M » June 18th, 2012, 7:00 pm

Tadoussac, Canada ( last week ) : Beluga Whales!! Photos to come

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Post by herper79 » June 20th, 2012, 6:48 pm

North American Badger
Saw this guy with my friend Jon while cruising for herps in Alameda County around 2 am
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Post by Owen » June 20th, 2012, 8:50 pm

Hey Nick, that was my last lifer too (San Antonio Valley Rd) the same day that Jon saw his little kitty on the survey. :thumb:

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Re: What was your last lifer?

Post by herper79 » June 22nd, 2012, 8:36 pm

Jon must be good luck. I better stick to herping with him to get my lion shot lol
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Re: What was your last lifer?

Post by Andy Avram » July 2nd, 2012, 11:17 am

Took a trip to Germany. Saw only a few mammals, and not many herps at all. The only mammal I saw that I have seen in this country was many Red Fox.

10. Eurasian Beaver
11. Bank Vole
12. Yellow-necked Mouse
13. Eurasian Red Squirrel
14. European Rabbit
15. European Hare
17. Red Deer
18. European Roe Deer

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Post by soulsurvivor » July 2nd, 2012, 2:46 pm

My last mammal lifer was last night while road cruising for snakes - an adult bobcat. No pictures though. :?

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Re: What was your last lifer?

Post by Owen » July 10th, 2012, 11:07 am

Orca.

Note to self- bring longer lens than 10-20mm wide angle on next flight around the San Juan Islands.

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Re: What was your last lifer?

Post by iamlazer » July 10th, 2012, 7:21 pm

Black bear yearling walked within 10 yards of me when I was hunting during Spring Gobbler.

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Post by jayder85 » July 15th, 2012, 8:16 am

My last lifer was the elk when I moved to this area of KY. Before that would have been 2008 when I lived in Mississippi and found my first Armadillo.

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Re: What was your last lifer?

Post by herpseeker1978 » July 15th, 2012, 8:33 am

ringtail

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Re: What was your last lifer?

Post by Curtis Hart » July 22nd, 2012, 11:42 am

I saw a few Hoary Bats a couple weeks ago, and caught my first Indiana Myotis last night.




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Re: What was your last lifer?

Post by Kari Post » July 26th, 2012, 3:15 am

I'm pretty sure mine was a porcupine, and prior to that a bunch of cool mammals from Costa Rica, including wild agouti, coati, and a variety of insect and fruit bats. But yea, first live porcupine I've seen (even though I've seen tons of DOR porks before).

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Re: What was your last lifer?

Post by tomharten » July 26th, 2012, 4:40 am

Eastern harvest mouse (Reithrodontomys humulis) I fished that little sucker out of my pool.

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Re: What was your last lifer?

Post by CCarille » August 1st, 2012, 2:00 pm

Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Costa Rica... specifically in Marino Ballena National Park, August 2011. Before that several monkeys in Borneo.

Last US lifer was a Grizzly in August 2010.

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Post by krismunk » October 20th, 2012, 11:09 am

Egyptian fruit bat while waiting in line for a security check inside the departure hall of Ben Gurion International Airport.

- nice way to end a vacation 8-)

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Post by dery » October 22nd, 2012, 4:18 am

Freddy81 wrote:I´v started to see/hear all bat sp in Sweden. This is a new one fore me.

Daubenton's Bat - Myotis daubentonii
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nice! my last mammal lifer was a migratory colony of bats that i knew their presence, but only seen one dead there before.

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Post by mrichardson » October 23rd, 2012, 9:09 am

Just back from a fantastic two weeks in South Africa seeing well over 60 mammal species of which a third were lifers. Highlights incuded Aardvark, Black-footed Cat, Honey Badger, Serval and Caracal. Last lifer was one of the best - a Wild Dog!

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Post by Antonsrkn » October 24th, 2012, 1:23 am

Hmm its tough to remember my last mammal lifer, i don't keep a list but I think my mammal lifers that come to mind this year have been.... starting from the most recent

-prehensile-tailed porcupine, I only saw this guy for about 15 seconds on a whitewater rafting trip. He was in plain view but the raft wasn't about to stop.

-Grison (Galictis vittata)-probably the most exciting mammal lifer in recent memory, saw a pair of these loping along early one morning while I was working. Unfortunately no photos.

-crab-eating raccoon (Procyon cancrivorus)-really similar to the raccoons we have here in the US but a lifer nevertheless!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] ... 9117585209

-Hoffmann's two-toed sloth (Choloepus hoffmanni)-I have seen lots of 3 toed ones before so finally seeing a 2 toed was exciting.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] ... 9117585209

-West Indian Manatee (Trichechus manatus), a very exciting sighting for me, the 1st few times anyways.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] ... 8557246081

Wow in retrospect that's a pretty sad list for the past 12 months... There were a few that I finally got good looks at these past 12 months but had seen them atleast once before so i wont list those. The year before I racked up a ton more mammal lifers but I won't go into those either.

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Post by mrichardson » November 1st, 2012, 12:19 pm

Just thought I'd add a few pictures from my latest trip to South Africa.

The first is not a lifer for me but it was the first time I've had such great views of a Caracal. Photo taken at Marrick Safari, Kimberley.

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The second is a Honey Badger. Even Lions and Leopards give these things a wided berth!
I was lucky enough to see 6 of these in Kruger.

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Finally, the Sharpe's Grysbok, also seen in Kruger. This antelope is tiny and especially difficult to find during the daytime.

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Thanks for looking.

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Re: What was your last lifer?

Post by Chris Smith » November 7th, 2012, 5:02 pm

My most recent small mammal lifer was Reithrodontomys megalotis on my b-day (Oct.)! :thumb:

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Re: What was your last lifer?

Post by Tomeslice » November 13th, 2012, 4:23 pm

My last ones were pretty basic, but ones which have been missing from my life list for WAY too long:
-Sea Otter (most recent)
-Grizzly Bear/Brown Bear (Previous day)
-Dall's Porpoise (Same day as above)
-Stellar Sea Lion (Same day as above)

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Post by dery » November 13th, 2012, 4:49 pm

i found a possible floater florida blackbear cub. dead but still a lifer.

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Post by Coluber Constrictor » November 23rd, 2012, 6:44 pm

Florida Black Bear, 11/21/2012 :beer:

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Post by chrish » November 28th, 2012, 10:04 am

Wow,, how did I miss this cool thread?

I'm not 100% sure it was my "last" lifer since I saw a bunch of cool mammals in Ecuador last year, but I think this Bulldog Bat (Noctilio sp.) was the last lifer of the trip. I guess it counts even though I'm not sure which species it was.

I got an "almost great" shot of one of them. Too bad camera don't focus in complete darkness. :(

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Post by dery » November 30th, 2012, 8:58 am

Bats are awesome!!!

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Post by Chris Smith » December 2nd, 2012, 2:33 pm

Not my most recent lifer but I just re-ran across this photo taken in 2011.

MN Black Bear and cub wondering why a crazy white dude is chasing them up a powerline cut with a camera... (I had a few glimpses of her several nights in a row while doing herp survey work but was fortunate to get a good look at her the last morning after pulling turtle traps).

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Post by Chris Smith » December 2nd, 2012, 2:51 pm

chrish wrote:Wow,, how did I miss this cool thread?

I'm not 100% sure it was my "last" lifer since I saw a bunch of cool mammals in Ecuador last year, but I think this Bulldog Bat (Noctilio sp.) was the last lifer of the trip. I guess it counts even though I'm not sure which species it was.

I got an "almost great" shot of one of them. Too bad camera don't focus in complete darkness. :(

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While it may not be a crisp shot, I still think it is an awesome photo!

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Re: What was your last lifer?

Post by Curtis Hart » April 21st, 2013, 8:19 pm

Although I wasn't able to find my main target, I did see a Desert Shrew and several Chihuahuan Pocket Mice in Big Bend National Park.

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Post by Chris Smith » April 22nd, 2013, 3:12 pm

My most recent lifer mammal is the Northern Long-eared Myotis. No photos but have observed a few now during cave surveys.

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Post by Andy Avram » May 6th, 2013, 4:59 am

Least Shrew. Wish I had a better look at it, but it was good enough for an ID.

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Post by Andy Avram » May 9th, 2013, 9:50 am

Not too often I get lifer mammals in Ohio, but two within a week is pretty crazy. Anyways, today I got a Woodland Vole at work.

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Post by krismunk » August 27th, 2013, 12:46 pm

Nathusius' pipistrelle - first hometown lifer in more than a decade.

I've probably seen some before as they're one of the five bat species known from my local neighbourhood. I've just never before been in a position to make a positive ID. Well, last night on my evening walk I ran into a biologist doing a survey of the bat population for the city which gave me the chance to finally tick this species off, last of the five.

Only other mammalian lifer this year was a gray seal. I was on holiday with my wife and kids last month on a small remote Swedish Island in the Baltic archipelago. On the final day we were supposed to go on a seal safari to some smaller islets further out at sea but it was canceled due to a forecast of strong winds. I went hiking instead and ended up spotting one out at sea from the shore :)

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Post by Kevin McRae » September 2nd, 2013, 8:42 pm

Three Toed Sloth on Isla Colon, Panama.

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Re: What was your last lifer?

Post by Andy Avram » September 17th, 2013, 11:02 am

A trip to Colorado/Kansas brought me 4 lifers:
Hispid Pocket Mouse
Colorado Chipmunk
Gunnison Prairie Dog (only 1 more species to go - Utah!)
Mountain Cottontail

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