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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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This is Kirkheaton!

Common Kingfisher, Kirkheaton   2017 has brought some interesting wildlife developments in our locality.  We live in a beautiful part of Huddersfield, in an area where urban meets rural.  Our garden always has a nice selection of birds, foxes and badgers live nearby, the stream at the bottom of the…

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Carna and Ardnamurchan

There’s an island called Carna, off the Ardnamurchan peninsula in Western Scotland which is devoid of technology and almost anything else for that matter – no roads and only three houses. We spent a week there last week and had a boat for transport. My mission was to photograph as…

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Papua New Guinea pictures recovered!!!

Brown booby, Indonesia    Thanks to www.datarescue.com/photorescue, I’ve recovered most of the photos from my formatted compact flash card.  Naturally, I’m chuffed and, as soon as I get time, they’ll be appearing in  new posts.  Result! Thanks to Keith and Keith, one Keith who advised me to have a go with recovery…

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Roll on spring!

It’s the 27th March and, right on time, our mallards have turned up in the garden.  Since 2008, these two ducks have spent the spring season here, stirring up the pond, eating the bird seed and generally crashing out like a couple of teenagers.  For the first time last year,…

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Papua New Guinea to Manila

Monitor lizard, Singapore Botanical Gardens   Travelling by small ship from Papua New Guinea to Manila in the Philippines may sound like an idyllic way to see the region’s wildlife but, to date, our landings have been short and sweet and the sea miles, long and fairly unproductive. After a…

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Where am I?

Buffy fish owl   Don’t worry.  I know where I am, but do you? I’m 12 hours east of London in the only city in the world which is a country, which is an island.  It is hot and sticky because it lies 1 degree north of the equator.  It…

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Starling murmuration

If you live anywhere near Huddersfield, there’s an amazing sight in Brighouse town centre.  Thousands of starlings gather in the skies above the Golden Hind chip shop (maybe something to do with the great smell) and create fantastic patterns as they perform aerobatics, before swooping down to roost in nearby…

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