Mammal Watching Gear

Books, Apps, Software


Bats: Handbook of the Mammals of the World (October, 2019)

Bats of the World Database (March, 2020)

Canids of the World (November, 2018)

Carnivores of the World, 2nd edition (January, 2019)

Felids and Hyenas of the World (September, 2020)

Illustrated Checklist of the Mammals of the World (October, 2020)

Lagomorphs: Pikas, Rabbits and Hares of the World (August, 2018)

Mammals: A Very Short Introduction (December, 2018)

Mammal listing software: Scythebill (March, 2020)

Mammal listing software: iGoTerra (June, 2020)

Mongooses of the World (February, 2020)

Squirrels of the World (September, 2012)

Walker’s Mammals of the World  (July, 2018)

Handbook of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises (December, 2019)


Bats of Central and Southern Africa, January 2022

Central African Forests (a free download), March 2022

Mammals of Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti and Somalia, November, 2020

Mammals of Magagascar, March 2022

Marine Mammals (of southern Africa and the Southern Ocean), January 2022

Stuart’s Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern African (book & app), November, 2018

Stuart’s Field Guide to the Larger Mammals of Africa (book & app), November, 2018

Stuart’s Field Guide to the Tracks & Signs of Southern, Central & East African Wildlife, December, 2018


Asia’s Wildlife – A Journey to the Forests of Hope (September, 2020)

EcologyAsia.Com has photos and calls of many obscure SE Asian species (November, 2020)

Illustrated Checklist to Mammals of the South Asia (September, 2020)

Indian Mammals: A Field Guide. 2014 Edition (October, 2019)

Pictorial Pocket Guide to the Mammals of Sri Lanka (September, 2020)

Sumatran Mammals – free online (September, 2020)


Stuart’s Guide to the Mammals of Europe (app) (February 2020)

North America

A Californian’s Guide to the Mammals Among Us (March, 2019)

Stuart’s Guide to the Mammals of North America (app) (January, 2019)

South America

Illustrated Checklist to Mammals of the Southern Cone (March, 2020)

A Field Guide to Bats of the Amazon (April, 2018)

A Field Guide to the Mammals of Ecuador (April, 2018)

General Gear

Mammalwatching Gear (May, 2018)

Echo Meter Touch II Bat Detector: RFI (July, 2021)


Thrunite Catapult (July, 2019)

Choosing a Flashlight for Mammalwatching (a very thorough article from January, 2019) as well as this post from 2020 also has useful advice.

Mounting a Flashlight on a telescope or camera (January, 2019)

Flashlight RFI (May, 2018)

Flashlight brightness for spotlighting on foot (May, 2016)


$100 Trail Cam Recommendations (September, 2021)

Canon R5 & R6 Mirrorless SLRs: autofocus at night (September, 2021)

Tips on photography while solo spotlighting (May, 2017)

The ultimate mammal watching lens: Nikon 500 mm F5.6 PF ED VR (December, 2019)

Optics and Heat Scopes

Sub £1000 ($1500) heat scope? January 2021

How do you use your thermal imager to find wildlife? (May, 2020) + Tips for Thermal Scope Use, (June, 2021) & Using Thermal Scopes for Ecological Surveys (July, 2021)

What does using a heat scope look like? (February, 2020)

Top Binoculars: Leica vs Swarovski vs Zeiss (December, 2019)

Swarovski Optik EL 8.5 x 42 binoculars (November, 2019)

Traveling internationally with a Thermal Scope: what are the rules? (August, 2019)

Pulsar XQ 50 Thermal Scope Review (September, 2017)
(also see this post from April 2019 on scope magnification)

LCD monitors for thermal scopes (March, 2018)

Vehicle mounted thermal scopes (September, 2020)

Pulsar Thermal Scopes and Night Vision

1 Comment
  1. Kelly Siderio 3 months ago

    I wanted to get advice on getting a thermal imager for upcoming trips. I cannot afford most thermal imagers. I wanted to ask if anyone has experience with the Seek Thermal Imager Pro for the iPhone. If I cannot afford a regular thermal imager, is it worth getting that?

    Also, has anyone ever rented out an old thermal imager that they don’t use anymore?

    Just trying to think of feasible ways to get one ahead of my upcoming trips.



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