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Norfolk in March

We’ve just spent a week in north Norfolk in the small village of Binham.  It’s about 35 years since I set foot in Norfolk so I had no idea what to expect, except that I knew there was a good number of reserves in the area.  We had a great…

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Fountains Abbey Peregrines

Yesterday, we visited Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire.  Wandering through the ruins, we found evidence of a new kill with fresh blood and feathers.  It wasn’t long before we spotted the culprit flying quickly around Huby’s tower and then she landed high up on a ledge.  A scan with the…

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BBC Wildlife Magazine

Just received the March edition of BBC Wildlife to find my Pallid Harrier pic in ‘Your Photos’.  I think they fiddled with the text a bit but who cares?

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Far Ings on a very wet day

I made another trip to Far Ings today.  The  weather was awful when I left Huddersfield and didn’t improve when I arrived at the reserve.  My first few hours at Ness Lake hide produced little out of the ordinary but I had a visit from a flock of very wet…

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How to catch a flying fish…

On 2nd January, we left Southampton on Queen Victoria for a cruise to Rio, via Ford Lauderdale and Barbados, in search of a little sunshine, some flying fish and a booby or two. We had been in the Caribbean 12 months earlier and I learned a lot about fishing. Although…

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A couple of hours at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

It was a fantastic, sunny, December day, today, so I got a pass and went to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park at Bretton, near Wakefield.  I’d no sooner got into the park when I spotted a fairly large flock of Redwing feeding on berries.  I should have had my hide because…

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Far Ings Nature Reserve

I made a return visit to Far Ings nature reserve, close to the Humber Bridge, yesterday and spent the whole day at the Ness Lake hide (?) watching the same kingfisher who was as active as any kingfisher I’ve seen.  A great demonstration of how to catch a fish, knock…

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Namibian update

I’ve just about finished uploading my selection of photos from the Namibia trip.  Check out the series of photos under ‘Springbok attack’ to see this beautiful animal escape the clutches of several Black Backed Jackals.

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Namibia

Wonderful trip to Namibia.  My wife and I travelled from Windhoek down to the famous dunes at Sossusvlei, across to the Atlantic at Swakopmund, up to Damaraland and into the Etosha National Park.  You never know what you’re going to find.  We had no sooner left our lodge one morning…

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Tale of the riverbank

Yesterday, my son and I went for a walk on a riverbank near Wakefield.  It was a beautiful September day and we took with us a stick from the garden.  At a point where the river was quite wide and slow flowing, Dean waded in and set the stick in…

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