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Archive notes – Sula mountains, northern Sierra Leone, 5 May 2013

It’s streaming swifts! “ Birder’s Log: Sunday May 5, 2013  0950 until 1250 GMT Have you been hoping for some Vis-Mig in Africa?  Yes indeed!  A Sunday morning. So admittedly I came somewhat late, scrambling and occasionally stumbling, to the ridge line in the clear, above and far beyond – The Mine. I am an […]

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Walking as Nature Wishes

Sunday March 14, 2021 Eighteenth Anniversary of ‘Snake-Eagle Down’ at the Isla de Tarifa on 14/03/2003. In the bright light of spring there are patterns of process, virtually unseen, glimpsed across the sky.A dry and sunny day. Only a week ago, the deluge. Today, there’s scarcely a breeze under a super blue sky. Life is […]

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Strays focused – Nature Noted – out and about in Andalucia

Unseen patterns in a spring sky When we are no longer fit and able isn’t it comforting, if not essential, to review our former lives? Remember my friends : Nature will never be Locked-down. It’s early morning. Despite welcome bird song, and a lone Black Kite quartering the paddock, there’s gentle rain. It’s uncomfortably wet, […]

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Nature Notes from the end of Europe

Do you ever feel there’s a little bird inside your head telling you something, whilst fluttering to escape. Trapped, just dancing there. Tied to a perch in your heart? For me, recent months, the regime of a year almost, have truly brought such feelings home. Yesterday, for example, was another grey and cloudy day under […]

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Black Kites over Gates of the Underworld

Last Saturday was a perfect one in which to be alive and ‘free’ in wonderful Al-Andalus. In the new moon of February, at the birth of the Ox Year, the first flock of migrant raptors crossed over ‘our farm’. Their line was stitched for a few moments into a sky of immaculate blue. Moments that […]

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Stray Sketches from Spain

Occasional diary entries from a naturalist, whereabouts unknown, behind the Covid curtain. Sunday February 7, Year One PC Thankfully we now live where the westernmost peninsula of Asia almost touches Africa. It’s a bottleneck for life, because Iberia is nowadays separated from the dry old continent by only the dozen deep kilometres of a Strait. […]

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Big Game Birding Safaris – 400+ Birds and 50+ Mammals in Tanzania in 16 days

The BGB safaris will operate, at the costs which will be quoted by our agents, in the low seasons only.  Fortunately these are the months when migrant birds, from Eurasia and Southern Africa pass through Tanzania in phenomenal numbers – November 1 to December 15 and from April 1 to May 15 each year.   […]

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Big Game and Birding Safari in Tanzania

These safaris will operate, at the costs quoted, in the low seasons only – happily these are the months when migrant birds, from both Eurasia and southern Africa, are passing through Tanzania in phenomenal numbers – November 1 to December 15 and from April 1 to May 31each year.     Day 01 We aim […]

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Affordable Luxury Birding Safaris in Northern Tanzania

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Birding out of Arusha – along the Namanga Road

We have lived in Arusha, the city the ecotourism business likes to think of as Africa’s “safari central”, for eleven years. And I’ve been birding, actively and virtually, throughout that time. On any one day there is anything up to 600 bird species “on offer” within a radius of about fifty miles from the summit […]