Friday, 8 November 2013

Tracks & Signs Book... a delay

Sorry to say that the publication of my POCKET GUIDE TO TRACKS & SIGNS is delayed. Due to a take-over at the publisher, things have slipped, and it seems that this title will now be out next spring. All beyond my control, as they say. Anyway, here is a new version of the cover (this may change again, too) to further whet your appetite. Gerard Gorman. 

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Striped Field Mouse

Striped Field Mouse Apodemus agrarius, Bukk Hills, Hungary, October 2013. As is the case with road-killed animals, the presence of many small mammals is often only revealed for certain when dead specimens are found. 

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Nest-box predated

Who or what did this ? This nest-box housed a Great Tit nest, but something has pulled the bedding out through the entrance hole. No beak marks to indicate a woodpecker, no claw or tooth marks to betray a mammal. Not all signs are easy to read. 

Monday, 9 September 2013

Brown Rat Droppings

The droppings of Brown Rat Rattus norvegicus. Typically 1-2cm in length and often pointed at one end. They are usually placed in a pile in a corner, by a wall, or alongside something, in this case a mat. These are fresh, as they are moist. Taken in on apartment balcony in Budapest, Hungary, by Gerard Gorman.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Sneak preview of plate of the tracks of small mammals

Here is another pre-publication preview of a plate from my book POCKET GUIDE TO TRACKS AND SIGNS. Due out end of this year with New Holland/Bloomsbury. This time the tracks of small mammals. 

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Roadkill: Mole

A young European (or Common) Mole Talpa europaea found dead on a road in Hungary.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Sneak preview of carnivore tracks plate

Here is a sneak, pre-publication, view of the drawings of carnivore tracks that will appear in my new book POCKET GUIDE TO TRACKS AND SIGNS. Due out at the end of this year hopefully.  

Thursday, 18 July 2013

New tracks and signs book out soon!

Here is a sneak preview of the cover of my new book on the tracks and signs of European wildlife. Due out this September ! Get your orders in early, it is sure to sell out ! Gerard.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Tooth marks on a Roman Snail shell

This shell of a Roman Snail Helix pomatia has been bitten into by a small carnivore, probably a marten. The two canine marks are clearly visiable. Photo taken in Budapest, Hungary, by Gerard Gorman.  

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Wolf Scat with butterflies

Wolf scat (droppings) covered in butterflies including Lesser Purple Emperor and Silver-washed Fritillaries. Aggtelek National Park, Hungary, June 2013.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Badger paw prints

Prints of a Eurasian Badger in dried mud on a track. The larger, longer print is a fore-paw. Note the distinct claw marks. Paklenica, Croatia, Gerard Gorman.

Monday, 3 June 2013

Gnawing marks of Red Deer

Gnawing marks of Red Deer Cervus elaphus on a conifer. The bark has been stripped and the layer beneath nibbled. Photo taken in Austria, in May 2013, by Gerard Gorman. 

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Lecture at the British Birdwatching Fair

I will be giving a short lecture entitled TRACKS AND SIGNS - the clues that betray the presence of Europe's wildlife - identifying footprints, droppings, homes, feeding signs and animal remains - at the British Birdwatching Fair at Rutland Water, UK. On Sunday 18th August, 2013, at 2.30 in Marquee 3. See you there !

Monday, 20 May 2013

Bee-eater Pellets

Pellets of European Bee-eater Merops apiaster. Note the hard, shiny insects parts which the bird was unable to digest. Photo taken in Hungary by Gerard Gorman.

Monday, 29 April 2013

Rabbit droppings

Droppings of Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus. This is a typical pile of small, current-sized, brownish pellets. Photo by Gerard Gorman.

Monday, 22 April 2013

Roadkill: Eurasian Badger

Although there were no major wounds on this badger Meles meles it had been hit by a vehicle. Note the long, impressive claws. Photo taken in the Bukk Hills, NE Hungary, by Gerard Gorman.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Bear Rear-Paw Print

This paw-print shows the rear foot of a Brown Bear in snow. It is long, fore prints are broad, and in some ways suggests a bare human foot. Photo by Gerard Gorman taken in Slovakia in January 2013. 

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Waxwing Feathers

Feathers of (Bohemian) Waxwing Bombycilla garrulous in snow. Photo taken by Gerard Gorman, Budapest, February 2013.

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Hedgehog droppings

Hedgehogs produce dark, cylindrical faeces of 2-5cm long. They are usually shiny and brittle due to containing chitin fragments from insect exoskeletons, but are sloppy when earthworms have been the main food. Photo of droppings of Eastern Hedgehog Erinaceus concolor by Gerard Gorman.

Monday, 11 February 2013

House Mouse droppings

House Mouse Mus musculus droppings. Budapest, Hungary. Photo: Gerard Gorman.

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Otter Paw-Print

Otter Lutra lutra paw-print in wet mud. Apaj fishponds, Hungary, Gerard Gorman