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The elusive tawny owl

We have tawny owls in our garden regularly but, being a night hunter, we only occasionally see them flying over.  We often hear them during the night and quite often during the day.  Their daily calls usually prompt a search of the trees and, until now, I’ve only imagined them…

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It’s a boy! (or a girl…)

April 26th 2016 and this is the first youngster in our garden this year.  Baby robin, weighing in at just a few ounces, and parent seem to be doing well.

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My own ‘big garden birdwatch’

It’s 7th April, the weather is a bit mixed and cold so I decided to set up my camera in the bedroom window and have my very own ‘big garden birdwatch’.  You can see some of the images on ‘my big garden birdwatch’ post, showing a male bullfinch as the…

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Duck!

I can almost set my calendar by the mallards’ arrival to our garden.  The same pair turned up the day before yesterday and almost immediately emptied the ground feeders and churned up the pond to a murky dark grey.  They’ve been coming for eight years, arriving every March and leaving in…

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A dead sparrow hawk

A couple of days ago , we found a dead sparrow hawk under the apple tree in our garden.  It had no obvious sign of injury and I wondered if it had hit the tree in its rapid flight into the garden.  Strange.  Usually, birds we find dead in the garden have…

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Sri Lankan wildlife tour

I’m in Sri Lanka at present, sitting by a pool, relaxing after climbing the 5th century Sigiriya Rock fortress, which was ok because it was raining and all the birds were hiding.  We spent the last two days at Wilpattu national park where the roads are so bad you have…

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Thanks a lot from me and WaterAid

Thanks to everyone who bought one of my 2016 Worldwide Wildlife calendars, I will be sending £200 to WaterAid and thanks to the UK government who will match the donation.  With gift aid and the government’s contribution, WaterAid will receive a total of £450. Happy Christmas to everyone! Ray  

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South Florida birding trail

Birders and photographers in the UK will often travel miles to see a single osprey.  I’m lying in my bed in a nice little apartment on Sanibel Island on Florida’s Gulf coast and outside in a tall palm tree is an osprey nest.  Just up the road is another.  Sanibel…

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Stainforth Force salmon leap

Last year, I spent a morning at Stainforth Force on the River Ribble, hoping to get some decent shots of the salmon leaping the falls on their way to their spawning grounds.  My visit was not particularly successful since there were few fish performing and those that did, didn’t perform to…

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Once more to the ice

Having enjoyed Svalbard so much last year, we decided, this year, to take a cold cruise with Fred to Norway, Spitsbergen, Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands.  (For those not in the cruising community, ‘Fred’ is Fred Olsen, referred to by his first name by those faithfuls who are proud to…

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