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Black Kites over a Gate into the Underworld (an archived February 2021) at La Janda

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

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The African Bird Club and other online sweeteners (Tanzania).

The wonderful U.K. terminal-based African Bird Club, of which I paid to be a founder member some thirty years ago, has a pretty good website. And of course it has a helpful country page for Tanzania. What else on the ABC website is useful to somebody who loves the birds in Africa, more especially someone […]

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Helping Young Street People and Restoring Village Nature at Kiboko Lodge in Arusha, Tanzania

In late August 2022 I was privileged to be able to spend a long weekend at Kiboko Lodge, on Ngurdoto Village land, nestled on the edge of Arusha National Park, in Tanzania. You can find a full bird list, if you need it, somewhere on eBird. Checking my note book I see that a total […]

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Why you, being a lover of “Nature”, should visit Africa now … (i.e. this is for those of us not already living here)!

Africa, we are told, is our original home. It appears that fully modern humans evolved on the land mass we now call the continent of Africa. We were so successful there that we had to walk out, invent the wheel, build boats and make money; feats which would encourage us to try to subjugate the […]

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Birding in Tanzania

Finding “Your Needed Birds” – my suggestions after eighteen years of Tanzania birding Udzungwa Forest Partridge (EN) this mountain forest chicken, kuku in Kiswahili, is very difficult to get on your list, as it requires a dedicated forest tramp and camping trip; please note it’s a tough walk in, and they are super skulkers Rubeho […]

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 WHY VISIT AFRICA (… NOWADAYS)? Africa, we are told, is our original home. It appears that fully modern humans evolved on the land mass we now call the continent of Africa. We were so successful there that we had to walk out, invent the wheel, build boats and make money; feats which would encourage […]

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Who are we, what do we do, where have we been and where’s this all going?

‘Bio’ for James Wolstencroft British by birth, James Wolstencroft made his first long haul trip to the tropics, to Malaysia, in 1969. Immediately he was hooked! His first East African safari was in 1976 whilst a student at Cambridge. Fifty years of full time searching for birds (and other creatures) has carried him around Europe, […]

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Birding at Home, Forever Now

Fabulous few hours today, culminating with a potter round the two tone patch in the VW with Elsie. A very blustery yet bright Levantine afternoon. No sign of our rare “ruby-face” a wintering Red-throated Pipit (whom we discovered only yesterday), nevertheless we were treated to a feast of sumptuous winter bird sightings. And there were […]

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A kiddie’s parable: The Glorious Mountain Forest Fowl (2015 to 2023)

Or:How have benefits that accrued from international ecotourism to remote villages in the tropics, (ie ecotourism revenue from “high income economies” to the backwoods of the “Global South”) been destroyed by the lockdown response to a Coronavirus pandemic over the past year and a half?I’m talking here primarily about grass roots private ecotourism initiatives in […]

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The Wings Tours Tanzania Wildlife Safari with James Wolstencroft

This classic nature tour has been running twice a year, in early March and in the second half of November, for ten years. Or rather it was running, prior to the Coronavirus global health crisis. As a result of that crisis Sunbird (the UK ‘wing’ of Wings) has ceased trading, so that any enquiries should […]