Aug 122017
 
Brown Booby - Jizan fish market

Whilst photographing gulls at Jizan fish market, Phil saw a Brown Booby Sula leucogaster flying in and alerted me to its presence. The bird had been seen the day before at the fish harbor, but this time was much closer, flying around and occasionally over the fish market. It perched on the roof of the […]

Feb 112017
 
Protecting the majestic seabirds of West Africa

Alcyon? It is, in fact, a legend borrowed from Greek mythology. Alcyon is a fabulous seabird, with plaintive song (often identified with the kingfisher, gull, petrel or swan), which is considered a good omen by Greeks and poets because according to legend it only builds its nest on a calm sea. We had hoped at […]

Nov 302015
 
Lake Apopka, 11/21/2015

Lake Apopka has been spectacular over the last month or so. For starters, a month ago, a Brown Booby was blown inland by a storm, found Lake Apopka, and now apparently doesn’t want to leave. It’s been living on the lake for the last month, usually too far away to see with binoculars. However, today […]

Sep 292015
 
After 60 million years of extreme living, seabirds are crashing

Every day for sixty million years, seabirds have performed mind-boggling acts of derring-do: circumnavigating the globe without rest, diving more than 200 meters in treacherous seas for a bite of lunch, braving the most unpredictable weather on the planet as if it were just another Tuesday and finding their way home in waters with few, […]

Sep 282015
 
Pelagic Trip from Black Point Marina, 9/20/2014

Sunday I went with some friends on a pelagic trip out to Miami. I’ve never birded in Miami-Dade County before, so I was hoping for some lifers. We had west winds all day, though, so birds were sparse. We didn’t see a single shearwater the whole day, and we saw only a handful of Sooty […]

Jan 232014
 
Signs of hope

The current monitoring work which was designed, is aiming to give some more specific insight about migration along the Arava but also to check target breeding species. Over the last 10 years numbers of Arabian Warblers have dropped dramatically in the Arava and in fact in the last breeding season, I could not locate even […]

Oct 052013
 
Recent Birding Tour of Northwestern Kyushu

Between September 16 and 19 I led a couple from Canada around birding spots in Kumamoto, Nagasaki, Saga, Fukuoka and Oita prefectures. Before the tour started, I took the ferry across to Kumamoto from Shimabara, spotting a large flock of Streaked Shearwater just out from Shimabara Port, and then Brown Booby as the ferry neared […]

Dec 122012
 
Little Grebe and other recent images

Weather has been pretty bad over the past few weeks, and Murphy’s Law has kicked in on those few sunny days when work commitments have prevented me headed out into the field. Nevertheless, I have tried to squeeze in some photography when there was a chance, and the 1D X helps under dim, overcast winter […]