Monthly Archives: July 2013

  • Looking up for Peregrines

    Yesterday I was sat "working" in the garden at Verdant Towers. My eyes drifted upwards and I spent a few moments admiring the swifts, swallows and house martins as they darted and dived across the sky. Suddenly all hell broke loose and birds scattered everywhere, alarm calling frantically. What was the cause of this commotion? A peregrine falcon drifting into view and lazily circling overhead, punctuated with the occasional flurry of rapid wing beats. It's great to see peregrines more frequently these days. As with most raptors they suffered huge declines due to DDT and persecution, but as we... read more

  • Spoonbills and Eiders

    It was time for another of our North Norfolk two site tours yesterday and the day began with a little drizzle at RSPB Titchwell Marsh.  Not that this would dampen our spirits are almost the first birds we saw were ten spoonbills on the freshwater lagoon.  Conveniently nine of them had decided to line up in a row, with the tenth bird (who clearly missed the memo) standing alone further away.  Not to be done, the local avocets were being as noisy as usual and had managed to intermingle between each spoonbill just make sure they "photo-bombed" the shot.... read more

  • Wildlife Identification - Sometimes it's OK not to know...

    One of the most common comments I get during our trips and tours is “If you weren’t here we wouldn’t have known what that bird/mammal/insect/plant was.” Comments like this are very gratifying and it’s great for me otherwise I’d be out of a job, but it got me thinking – does it actually matter if we don’t know what we are looking at? Now I may be shooting myself in the proverbial foot here, but I’d suggest that sometimes it doesn’t! Vaguer Waders? Natural history, ecology and taxonomy have a long history of finding and identifying creatures down to species level. This... read more

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