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  1. A mini ‘mass wildlife’ encounter…

    Date 22 Oct 2017
    A word of warning, this post may not quite equate to the experience of wildebeest crossing the Mara river or seeing the migration of salmon being fed on by bears and wolves on the west coast of Canada and Alaska.  No, this is a thoroughly British mini and very discrete event…

  2. The Reteti Elephant Orphanage

    Date 20 Oct 2017
    While in the Samburu County of the Matthews Mountains and the Namunyak wildlife conservancy in Kenya we visited the Reteti Elephant Orphanage.  I’m not so much one for ‘cutesy’ cuddly viewings of captive baby animals set up for tourists.  I’d usually avoid them like the plague as I’m rarely convinced they do the…

  3. On those unpromising days…

    Date 09 Oct 2017
    I felt in the need of a change of scene after being at home for a few days so this afternoon I went out for a bit of a drive to the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust (WWT) at Arundel.  It was one of those overcast, start of autumn, sort of days and…

  4. The B of the Bang…

    Date 04 Oct 2017
    Occasionally, I feel strangely compelled to post about a photo that didn’t quite go my way; one that won’t appear in the galleries.  This is such an occasion.  While sorting through photos of cheetahs from our Kenya trip, this photo caught my attention.  No, it’s not a great image in itself.  It’s a bit too…

  5. Under Kenyan Skies - New Journey

    Date 01 Oct 2017
    I’ve just returned from a two week trip to Kenya.  We safaried through three distinct parts of the country.  We started in the middle/northern part of the Kenya in the Matthews Mountains of Samburu county, then moved South West a bit to the high plateau country of Laikipia and, finally, we travelled down to…

  6. A scruffy youngster

    Date 28 Aug 2017
    Herons are striking and usually elegant birds with trailing and contrasting plumage.  Consequently, there must be some mother that must be a bit ashamed as to how this juvenile went out into the world this year.  Sure, it has got the right heron attitude of general and menacing distain but it is a bit shoddily turned out.  More punk than…

  7. Of Kayaks and Kingfishers

    Date 26 Aug 2017
    From a few of the more recent posts, you might gather that I’ve been photographing quietly from a kayak I modified for the purpose.  Now, I’m a long time kayaker and one of the joys of the sport is seeing wildlife while paddling.  Sometimes that’s on remote Welsh rivers, sometimes…

  8. New Great Crested Grebes and a Heron

    Date 20 Aug 2017
    Having acquired a new (old and decidedly second hand really) kayak recently and kitted it out a bit for photography I managed to get out a few time on a lake (‘flash’) on our local canal.  I’ve spent some ‘quality time’ drifting about quietly near a family of Great Crested Grebes (a…

  9. Summer swallows

    Date 13 Aug 2017
    I was out on our local canal today.  More precisely on one of the ‘flashes’, with my camera.  (A flash, on our canal at least, is an area of open water or a small lake through which the canal passes.)   There were quite a lot of swallows around and I realised…

  10. Early harvest bounty

    Date 29 Jul 2017
    The harvest time seems to be coming in early this year.  It’s not even the end of July, yet I’ve been seeing ripe blackberries on brambles for a couple of weeks and here is a photo of ripening and ripe elderberries.  Not so many of the ripe elderberries can be seen because…