Category Archives: birdlife

Fledging wrens, canoeing & my new favourite bird at Martin Mere WWT centre

Grey crowned crane

Lucky to see four wren chicks fledge the nest at WWT’s Martin Mere reserve today, as well as falling in love with a Grey-crowned crane in the exotic collection, enjoying a paddle about in a canoe and spotting lots of waders and garden-birds around the reserve…

Grey-crowned crane

Red-breasted geese:

Red-breasted goose

Short-clawed Asian otters… Continue reading

Exploring enigmatic Dominica 

Birdwatching with Dr Birdy in DominicaThe 20-seater aircraft shakes us like dice in a cup as we approach the island. We’ve been struggling through thick fog for 15 minutes when the mist dissolves to reveal rugged green peaks soaring out of the sea, like a mysterious Jurassic Park-style lost world. 

“Welcome to the Nature Island,” the flight attendant chimes as we rattle towards the landing strip. With peaks up to 1,400 metres above sea level, Dominica is one of the most mountainous islands in the Caribbean, earning… Continue reading

Hatching a plan: blue tits on birdbox-cam after five years!

Bluetits in nesting boxFive years ago I bought my mum and dad a bird-box with an infrared video camera inside for Christmas. Hopes were high that very first Spring, as they installed the box on a tall wooden post in the back garden and hooked the camera up to their TV. They’d turn expectantly to the bird-cam channel every day, but could never see so much as a feather inside.

Three years ago they moved it to the wall of the house, in the back garden… Continue reading

Book Review: Wild Sri Lanka, by Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne

Wild Sri LankaTo readers unfamiliar with Sri Lankan wildlife, the claims Gehan sets out in the introductory chapter to Wild Sri Lanka might seem fantastical. One of the best whale-watching destinations in the world? The largest annually occurring concentration of elephants in the world? The largest “bird wave” phenomenon in the world? It seems hard to believe, of an island roughly the size of Tasmania or Ireland.

But by presenting data he has gathered over many years, and sharing personal accounts of

33 birds I photographed in Sri Lanka (and another 22 I didn’t)

Yala Crested hawk eagle 440 wide

On my recent trip to Sri Lanka, birdwatching was slotted in around interviews, hotel inspections, and hours and hours on the road. I did get chance to go on a proper birding walk at Rainforest Eco Lodge in Sinharaja and Hotel Sigiriya though, and saw lots of birds on safari in Yala and hiking in the Knuckles. All in all, I clocked up at least 55 species (that’s just the ones I noted down) and managed… Continue reading

Herons in Battersea Park: an RSPB Date With Nature

Battersea herons
Last weekend I braved the freezing cold to help out at the RSPB’s Date With Nature in Battersea Park. I used to run through the park frequently when training for a marathon last year but, like many of the joggers and strollers in the park, I rarely used to look up and see what was in the trees. Which is a real shame, since there is a thriving heronry of 20-30 herons nests sitting 30 metres off the… Continue reading

Greentraveller.co.uk: my New Forest blogs

Blogs from my recent trip to the New Forest are now live on Greentraveller.co.uk, as part of an in-depth guide to sustainable tourism in the New Forest district:

Anthony Climpson, New Forest District Council

A Q&A with Anthony Climpson OBE, tourism manager of the New Forest

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Canoeing_on_Beaulieu_River

Canoeing in the New Forest