Looking back from today, at the ripe old age of 58, clearly I see that two interwoven themes have dominated and directed my birding life. Firstly a loathing of being indoors during daylight hours and secondly the overwhelming desire to live as free as a bird. In particular fulfilling the wish to travel south and […]
This essay was a “Birdman” first, posted in 2006 and entitled: “Mes Amis Amur” A thunderous tropical rain storm was arriving, most unusually out of the north. A tsunami of cloud breaking against the great black massifs of Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro in the early hours of November 23, 2006. Shortly after daybreak Dismus […]
It could be said some Eco-tourists come to ‘Tanganyika’ as pilgrims in the hope of finding answers when they bird among the beasts. Others come to snap-up memories, smuggled home in boxes, to rerun across these flickering screens until that last of days. Whichever, we bear witness to what is arguably the greatest wildlife experience […]
It began in January 1983, six months after my return from a second sojourn in India, determined to recuperate my health before venturing abroad again. I became what one might call a committed yet, due to pressure of work, often only seasonal, Wildlife Gardener. That year brought the first of many seasons studying succession in an ancient deciduous woodland. Creating clearings, largely for beautiful butterflies, on […]
Who am I? What am I?
“It seems that I’ve been a naturalist, a bird-watcher, a conservationist and a ‘dedicated birder’ for almost all my fifty-eight years. Definitely my first BIG love was BIRDS. Over the years I’ve grown to greatly admire, if not envy, all flying creatures no matter their size, more especially those who undertake epic migrations across this […]