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After Santarem we continued our journey upriver and the following day we were tendered ashore for a few short hours in the town of Parintins, where we were greeted by an Orange-fronted Yellow-Finch and the ubiquitous Great Kiskadee. Birding options were few due to the brief time ashore, but at Marco Lima’s suggestion we took a tricycle ride out to a local park and an area of marshy ground bordered by some mango trees. Great Kiskadee & Orange-fronted Yellow-finch © Jeff Clarke Heat and humidity were very high and the sun was blinding so photography was always going to be limited, we did however manage a few additional species including Piratic Flycatcher and Yellow-browed Sparrow and Blue-Grey Tanager. Blue-grey Tanage...
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I’d never done a speaker tour on a river cruise previously, so I was really looking forward to getting aboard the Fred. Olsen cruise liner M. V. Braemar in Barbados. If you are going to do a river cruise it might as well be on the world’s mightiest river, the Amazon. Click on the images below to view them at full size. On this trip my companion was my great friend Ian Appleton. We set off overnight and would be 3 days at sea as we headed south through the tropical waters of the western Atlantic. Initially we were over very deep water, so it was no surprise that the only bird keeping us company for most of the day was the highly pelagic Masked Booby. At times a dozen, or more, would be around the ship exploiting the flying fish ...
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  Liverpool Cruise Terminal © Adele Clarke                      All images in this blog were taken taken during the cruise. They can be seen at full size by clicking on them. Copyright remains with the photographer. Boudicca's route around the UK 21st-29th July 2017 © Fred Olsen Cruise Lines Ltd. The leaving of Liverpool on the 21st July aboard Fred. Olsen’s ship M.V. Boudicca for The Wildlife of England and Scotland cruise found the wind at our tail. Our journey would take us on a clockwise tour of the UK over eight days and nights. A disrupted, rather than heavy, swell allowed for a fairly smooth passage tho...
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Perfect mothing weather has prevailed for the best part of the last month and it tempted me to do some intensive and regular trapping in the garden. Being self-employed allows me the flexibility fit this around my workload. It was also good practice for re-honing my eye, as it’s often as much about the wing-shape, or resting position that a moth adopts, just as much as the intricate patterning that may lead you to a precise identification. Perhaps the most important outcome from my research is how few individuals of formerly super-abundant species are now finding their way into my traps, on even the most productive of nights. In previous Junes I’d expect at least 100 Heart and Dart to enter my trap on peak nights. The most I managed thi...
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Click on images to view at full size One of the joys to be found in teaching folk about birds; how to identify them; understanding their ecology etc. is that you get to commune with lovely people in some fantastic places. The final chapter of my Birdcraft Course Spring 2017 would take place along the fabled Northumberland coastline. Difficult weather conditions on the morning of Saturday 10th June resulted in a quick re-evaluation of our itinerary and we quickly repaired to the bird rich area around Low Newton. We had barely reached the shoreline when we were entertained by a Little Tern fishing in the bay at close quarters. Stonechats and Meadow Pipits scavenged the strandline for invertebrates in the wet and windy conditions along...
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