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MV Balmoral - Barbados to San Diego - 31st January to 19th February Panama to Costa Rica All images are taken on the tour. Copyright Jeff Clarke Ecology Ltd  unless otherwise stated. Click on images to enlarge. On the morning of the 5th of February we arrived in Colon, Panama. We jumped ship as soon as we could, four of us, me, Hiro, plus two passengers, Paul and Hazel, negotiated a taxi and headed for the forested area of Soberanía National Park along Pipeline Road, close to the mid-point of the Panama Canal. It was a tortuous journey to get out of Colon and it was already late morning by the time we reached our destination. As so often with tropical forest birding it was obvious there was plenty of birds about, but s...
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MV Balmoral - Barbados to San Diego - 31st January to 19th February Barbados to Cartegena Click on images to enlarge. All images taken  during the cruise tour. Copyright Jeff Clarke Ecology Ltd unless otherwise stated. We left a snowy Britain behind (eventually – what with 5cm of snow having ground Manchester Airport to a halt!) As normal on a sectored speaker gig we arrived at our start point, this time Barbados and we were immediately ferried to our ship, on this occasion Fred. Olsen’s MV Balmoral that would, via the Panama Canal, take us eventually to our intended departure point of Cabo San Lucas in Mexico. As it transpired our final stop would be San Diego, but more of that later. On route to the ship, via the taxi, I...
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All images used in this blog are genuinely from the tour. All copyright remains with the photographer. Click on images to enlarge to full size. ‘Spitsbergen’ – that name has played around in my mind since I was a youngster. The very idea of that frozen landscape captured my imagination and created a lifelong desire to go there. At the back end of June Adele and I were once again boarding the Fred. Olsen Black Watch, where I would be carrying out my job as Wildlife Speaker. This time we would be journeying 79 degrees North to the Svalbard archipelago. As we steamed out of heatwave Liverpool the weather forecast looked perfect for our journey up through the Sea of Hebrides and the Minch. Spot the Difference - Liverpool (left) ...
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All images were taken during the tour and the copyright remains with the photographer (Click on the image to view at full size) On the 30th April 2018 I joined 12 desperados as we boarded our flight to Spain to begin a memorable nature tour of Extremadura. I would be co-leading with my Spanish based partner Teresa Farino of Iberian Wildlife Tours. Casa Rural Las Canteras at dusk © Clare Gower Our week-long tour was based at the Casa Rural Las Canteras, on the edge of the Steppe close to the town of Trujillo. The location was well chosen and spotting wildlife in and around the hotel was part and parcel of the daily routine. By far the most obvious birds were the many nesting White Storks, including several on buildings in the gr...
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By the dawn of the 10th March Australia had long receded from the aft deck view as Black Watch set course for a true ‘Wonder of the World’ in the shape of Komodo Island and its infamous dragons. We would have two full days crossing the Timor and Savu seas before reaching Komodo and I anticipated some good cetacean action once we hit the deeper waters. On the 10th there were plenty of birds to see, with over 100 Streaked Shearwater and a similar number of Sooty Terns being by far the dominant bird two species, but they never really came close enough to the ship for photography purposes. Flying fish were the most numerous living things and thousands scattered like starbursts as the ship’s bow wave pulsed through their bodies. Scour...
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