Ray’s Blog & links

Cunard’s response to the plastic issue

I am pleased to add this press release sent to me in response to my letter to Cunard.  Well done Cunard and P&O.  The U.K. Government seem to be getting a grip on the issue now but there’s lots we can do to contribute. Don’t be shy about asking people…

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Cunard’s commitment to the Oceans (and their use of plastic…)

‘Cunard’s home is the oceans of the world, so we actively work to protect our marine environment.’ So says the little card in our ship’s cabin which then encourages you to reuse towels, switch off electrical items not in use, consider the use of water, optimise climate control and make…

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California cruise and two Cuvier’s beaked whales

We’re heading to California again to see our friends in Davenport. We’ve crossed the Atlantic with mixed weather, spotted a few dolphins and a half dozen sperm whales, and enjoyed a couple of days in a wintry New York. The trip from there to Florida and through the Caribbean was…

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Thanks again! (for your money…)

Thanks to all those who attended my talks, bought images or my 2018 Worldwide Wildlife calendars, this year I have been able to share £647  (£808 including gift aid) between WaterAid and Christians Against Poverty (CAP). Happy Christmas to everyone. Ray

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The £360million ‘Yacht A’, and a few birds…

Chiffchaff, Paphos, Cyprus   This is our second visit to Paphos, Cyprus, to ‘chaperone’ my wife’s elderly parents (their description, not mine).  And, having heard about the birds of Cyprus from my friend, JP,  I’m guessing November is definitely not the best time to be here to see our feathery…

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Just when you think there’s nothing happening…

Kestrel, RSPB Old Moor   My son and I went to RSPB Old Moor on Tuesday, this week. We had planned to check out the red deer rut at Studley Royal but the weather forecast was for dark cloud so we opted for a shorter journey to a reserve which…

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Charming! Twenty four goldfinches!

It’s been a brilliant year for goldfinches.  Yesterday, we counted twenty four busily emptying our feeders.  With a little assistance from greenfinches and nuthatches, they’re getting through two sunflower heart hoppers and a pile of niger seeds in just over 24 hours.  Tree sparrows have also done well and, today,…

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The milk bottle challenge

(The featured image in this post was taken by Dimitar Dilkoff)   Some say there is a catastrophe waiting around the corner in the form of plastic and its devastating effect on wildlife and the environment.  Some say, the catastrophe has already happened.  Nearly 300 million tonnes of plastic bottles…

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That’s my leopard!

Leopard, Pom Pom camp, Botswana   Have you had the pleasure of bumping into somebody you haven’t seen for ages and thinking, I’m sure that’s Fred (or Jim, or whatever)?  Or have you sat across a room from a familiar face and wondered where you’ve seen it before?  Or, have…

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Charles Darwin and my flying fish

Occasionally, I sell a photograph in support of my chosen charities, WaterAid and Christians Against Poverty (CAP).  This, in itself, is hardly newsworthy but a couple of weeks ago, I had a request from a delightful American author by the name of Rebecca Stefoff, who has written many books mostly aimed…

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