First post: a few mammals from Kyrgyzstan
Hello folks, I’m going to make this short for now, but I will write a more comprehensive trip report at some point in the future.
I’ve just returned from a few months in Kyrgyzstan, and am now completely enthralled by mammal watching. I went primarily to learn Kyrgyz, and to carry out preliminary research on a Phd I was thinking of doing (about nomadic culture). However, it quickly became apparent that I wanted to spend the whole time hiking in the mountains looking for wildlife. So I did that, spending months alone following animal tracks and whatnot. I’ve always loved wildlife and hiking, but never knew much about the former, so I had a lot to learn! Eventually things started falling into place and I began noticing more and more. Following ibex herds around the hillsides was such a treat, and through them I got to know the marmots, snow leopards, bears, lynxes, and argali. I only had a phone and a scope, so my photos aren’t great, but I never set out to photograph snow leopards in the first place. I hope to go back at some point and spend more time with snow leopards and to see a Pallas cat if possible!
I’m from Wales and have just come back from a week’s trip to Scotland, where I saw beavers, red deer, reindeer, red squirrels and pine martens. I’m thinking of doing a trip to Spain sometime next year to see Iberian lynx and wolves.
All in all, seeing snow leopards was a great introduction to mammal watching, I’m only 26, I have a whole lifetime ahead of me, so I can’t wait to see more. This website has been great, as there aren’t so many mammal enthusiasts here in the UK. Birds are great, but they’re not everything.
Please ask any questions you may have, and enjoy my terrible photos!