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Plenty of harriers

We’ve been on a working holiday to the Charante Maritime in France and managed to squeeze in a couple of trips down to the wetlands on the D18 near St Jean D’Angle.  There are loads of raptors down there, including kestrels, buzzards and marsh harriers, and smaller birds such as…

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Check out this painting…

A couple of months ago, Miste Caulder, a fine artist from Riverside, California, asked my permission to paint one of my butterflies, the common blue which I photographed in Northumbria last year.  Well this is it, and a very fine painting it is.  Miste has used a little artistic licence…

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BBC Wildlife magazine

I’ve just received the spring BBC Wildlife magazine and discovered I’ve won the reader’s photo choice with my robin chasing off a blue tit from its food pile, my third published photo with this magazine in the past 12 months.  Needless to say, I’m delighted…

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Baja California and a visit to Davenport

I’m writing this from an economy class seat on a British Airways 747 travelling from San Francisco to London, Heathrow. I just had the worst aeroplane meal I’ve had for some time, served by a grumpy cabin crew member. As I usually commend BA, this was definitely the down-side to…

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2 Days in Florida

We had a couple of days in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, this month and found the Arthur R Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge on the internet.  An Avis hire car and 40 miles or so later, we arrived at the visitor centre.  The reserve is part of the northern Everglades close…

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Namibia and Botswana

We’ve been back from Africa for a couple of weeks and it has taken me that time to sort out my new computer and go through my photos.  Namibia and Botswana are amazing places.  Namibia is great for driving yourself and DIY game spotting but the Okavango Delta in Botswana is…

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Thanks for your help!

Thanks to all those who bought my 2015 British and Worldwide Wildlife calendars, I have been able to donate £143.75 to one of my chosen charities, WaterAid, and a further £22.50 to the Church Army through my friend, Captain Neil Walpole.

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In and around the garden

There are a few interesting things going on here at the moment.  A couple of days ago, we counted 18 Goldfinches feeding in our garden, of which 16 seemed to be juveniles.  Flying around the house and perched on the cables were at least 35 House Martins.  We’ve only had…

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Svalbard in the Arctic

While most people were seeking the sun in the summer, we headed north in July to seek out some special wildlife in the archipelago known as Svalbard.  We flew into Longyearbyen, the small capital town of Spitzbergen where the streets are littered with ski-doos waiting for the long winter months…

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Northumbria and the Farne Islands

Despite having been born within 90 minutes drive of Seahouses, I had never been to the Farne Islands until last week, when we took a short break at Spindrift B&B (Highly recommended).  On the way up, we called at Coquet Island off the coast near Amble to see the puffins,…

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