Apr 172014

Photographers sometimes shy away from photos like this. I call them field guide shots. The bird is doing nothing, just standing in full profile, but you can see everything about the bird that helps you identify it. As photographers, we often want action shots, interesting poses, or at least something that makes the photo stand [...]

Apr 152014
Court partially stops Japan’s ‘scientific’ whaling, but Pacific harvests to continue

Japan has harvested thousands of whales in North Pacific and Antarctic waters since the implementation of a global ban on whaling, eliciting harsh criticism from the international community. Now, in a landmark decision, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled that Japan must cease its whaling activities in the Antarctic. The advent of factory [...]

Apr 152014
It only gets better

As the season progress more and more migrants are found on a daily basis. In fact it is so hectic that I cant find the time to sit and write all the updates, so below is a very quick review of what was seen in the past 10 days: On 13th while guiding a happy [...]

Apr 152014
UK dragonfly numbers may be down after wet winter, conservationists warn

The iridescent dragonflies that flit alongside the UK’s waterways could become a rarer sight in coming years after this winter’s deluge, the Canal and Rivers Trust (CRT) have warned. The mosquitoes and midges that dragonflies prey upon may increase as a result, boosted by the pools and puddles left by southern Britain’s wettest winter for [...]

Apr 142014
Osprey With Fish

The fishermen weren’t catching anything, but the Osprey were. This one was sitting perched on a post near the shore of Lake Monroe mocking the fishermen. It was a sorry sight, really. The fishermen couldn’t come close to the skill of the Osprey. Well, they weren’t alone in their Osprey-jealousy, since apparently the Bald Eagles [...]

Apr 142014
Is 20 millions tons enough? Scientists recommend plastic crackdown as oceans choke

Every year, 20 million tons of plastic enters the world’s oceans. In 2012, the Rio +20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development dubbed marine plastic litter “a major environmental issue that the world must address,” and asked for management action by 2025. One group of researchers started early and was among the first to take [...]

Apr 132014
“The Eagle’s Way” – Book Review

Last season I read “The Last Wolf” by Jim Crumley and spent a little time afterwards reviewing it. His most recent publication came out this year and is very apt for my new position at Mull Eagle Watch on the Isle of Mull. “The Eagle’s Way” is a book focusing on the two eagle species [...]

Apr 132014
Crazy Eyes

I wanted to share a quick image from my recent Chobe safari with you. I wonder how many of you have seen this kind of expression from an elephant before? This young bull was enjoying a good frolic in the water, and came out head swishing and eyes all crazy. Captured from our specialised photographic [...]

Apr 132014
Results of the Best Photo of the Week Ended 05 Apr 2014

We are delighted to announce the RESULTS of our latest “Best Photo of the Week” Competition. First Prize is awarded to Nitin Jain for his outstanding photo ‘Two Eyes’. Glenn Perrigo wins Second Prize with ‘Beauty and the beasts’ and Third Prize goes to Howard Cheek for ’Brotherly Love ‘ (see images below). Submit your Photo [...]

Apr 132014
Scottish Gamekeepers Association starts bird protection scheme

A new conservation project aims to help stop the decline of some of Scotland’s most vulnerable birds. The Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) will ask its members to record the numbers of birds spotted. This data will then be used to help target conservation efforts towards specific areas. The wading bird population has dropped dramatically in [...]