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Black Rapid customer service (with a weird twist)

Those of you who know me will no doubt know that I use a, fairly expensive, Black Rapid double harness to carry my cameras.  Peter, a Yorkshireman and Naturetrek naturalist who I have spent a couple of Naturetrek holidays with, once recognised my harness, and then me, when our paths…

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Leo

We missed our train at Manchester airport last night and had to catch the next one.  In Manchester, we were joined by Leo (5yrs?), his mother and family, who had spent the day in Blackpool.  Leo sat at our table and we played computer games with him, some involving identifying…

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Costa Rica, the ‘Rich Coast’

Tomorrow afternoon we fly home from Costa Rica, where we have been checking out the wildlife following our trip to Antarctica.  It’s a beautiful country with friendly and welcoming people and a great birding spot.  There’s also lots of other stuff to see, typical of an (almost) equatorial environment,  …

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Antarctica!!

There’s a little town at the southern tip of Argentina, with huge mountains lining the flight path from the north and an ocean unlike any other to the south. There’s nothing remarkable about the town save for the memorial to young, innocent, Argentinian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for…

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The photographic club

Last week, I went to present my ‘Taking Nature’ photographs to a photographic club in Huddersfield.  In the past few years, I’ve talked to all sorts of groups from bird and wildlife clubs, to the residents of sheltered housing, supper clubs and local community events.  But never, until now, have I…

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Take a pen, and some ink…

I had a message the other day from Maria Kitano, a young artist from Hamburg, Germany.  Maria introduced herself and asked permission to use one of my brown hares for a reference for her drawings.  And this is it!  I never cease to be amazed at the skill of the…

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Thank you once again for your money!

Thanks again to all those who attended my wildlife talks, bought images from my website, or bought my 2019 ‘Ray’s British Wildlife Calendar’, this year I will be sending £718.75, including gift aid, to be divided between Christians Against Poverty (CAP) and WaterAid. A happy Christmas to everyone!

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India’s Royal Bengal tigers

Bhopal is a city of over 3 million people and we are sitting in its airport which, I am reliably informed, has 8 flights a day.  Indian bureaucracy being what it is, I doubt it could manage more without travellers queuing down to the city.  Getting here from our last…

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BBC Wildlife calendar 2019

Just heard that my monarch butterfly image, published earlier in BBC Wildlife magazine, has found its way into the month of October in its 2019 calendar.  Nice one…

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In the garden

A quick update on what’s going on in the garden at present. I’m afraid to say that Magnus (the magpie – see previous posts) has gone.  Where to, I’m not sure.  Since he was so keen on feeding here every day, I doubt that the news is good in that…

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