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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!

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 you met someone, made their acquaintance,…

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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!

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 field hosts grey wagtails…

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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!!!

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 software and the other…

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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

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 stopover in Singapore, we joined Noble…

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Where am I?

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 is sometimes known as…

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