Tim Melling – Red Panda

Tim writes: I have posted photos of Red Pandas before but this was an unusually confiding wild individual that I thought it was worth sharing.  They spend most of the year hidden in bamboo thickets, venturing into the trees in autumn in search of berries and rosehips.  This one was down a bank so I had the unusual view of looking down on him while he was feeding in a tree top.   Most photographs of Red Panda on the internet are of captive individuals, of the brightly coloured nominate race from Nepal.  This is the darker-bodied race styani from China, photographed at around 3000m at Labahe in Sichuan, China.