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Namibia and Botswana

We’ve been back from Africa for a couple of weeks and it has taken me that time to sort out my new computer and go through my photos.  Namibia and Botswana are amazing places.  Namibia is great for driving yourself and DIY game spotting but the Okavango Delta in Botswana is…

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Thanks for your help!

Thanks to all those who bought my 2015 British and Worldwide Wildlife calendars, I have been able to donate £143.75 to one of my chosen charities, WaterAid, and a further £22.50 to the Church Army through my friend, Captain Neil Walpole.

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In and around the garden

There are a few interesting things going on here at the moment.  A couple of days ago, we counted 18 Goldfinches feeding in our garden, of which 16 seemed to be juveniles.  Flying around the house and perched on the cables were at least 35 House Martins.  We’ve only had…

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Svalbard in the Arctic

While most people were seeking the sun in the summer, we headed north in July to seek out some special wildlife in the archipelago known as Svalbard.  We flew into Longyearbyen, the small capital town of Spitzbergen where the streets are littered with ski-doos waiting for the long winter months…

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Northumbria and the Farne Islands

Despite having been born within 90 minutes drive of Seahouses, I had never been to the Farne Islands until last week, when we took a short break at Spindrift B&B (Highly recommended).  On the way up, we called at Coquet Island off the coast near Amble to see the puffins,…

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Bempton Cliffs

According to the RSPB volunteer, there are 200,000 sea birds on the cliffs of Bempton and Flamborough, the biggest breeding colony in the UK.  I imagine this is true because there are places where one bird can land only when another has taken off.  It’s a great place to visit…

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Rutland Water Ospreys

At the weekend, we spent a couple of days at Rutland Water to see the Ospreys.  The Osprey story goes like this.  There are a few pairs in Rutland but only one pair nests on the reserve, the others on private land.  A male and female arrived on the reserve…

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Close to home

We can be forgiven for driving miles to this or that wildlife reserve to sit in a hide and photograph whatever passes in front.  I often do just that but I live on the edge of a village and keep seeing all kinds of wildlife in the immediate vicinity.  Sitting…

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The Cairngorms, Skye and Mull

We enjoyed the Island of Mull so much last year that we decided to return this year, via the Cairngorms to see Ospreys and Skye to see whatever we could find.  We found a great B&B near to the RSPB reserve at Kingussie and soon discovered the ‘secret’ location of…

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BBC Wildlife Magazine

While on holiday on the Isle of Mull, I’ve had an email telling me I have another photo published in BBC Wildlife Magazine.  Check out the May edition for this springbok being attacked by a black backed jackal. Visit in a day or two to see some ospreys from the…

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