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Costa Rica – Coastal Secrets

This was a return journey for us to Costa Rica after a gap of 15 years.  After an 11 hour BA flight we landed in San Jose where we were met by Johnny Villalobos our tour leader and naturalist guide. Our first night in Costa Rica was at the Presidente Hotel where we would overnight…


Sparrowhawks in the garden

Living in a village in rural Norfolk there’s always plenty of birds in our wildlife friendly garden. During the summer we often caught a glimpse of a  Sparrowhawk flying over the gardens. Obviously on the look out for its next meal. On one occasion we had the opportunity to capture an image of a one…


Interesting facts about the lives of Sloths Costa Rica.

Before this year trip to Costa Rica we were asked numerous times about if we were hoping to see some Sloths. It seems that  despite their apparent laziness and their slow movements, there is something about them that people find very cute. On previous trips to the Jungles of Central and South American we had…


Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds are amazing little birds. They can flap their wings 80 times per second and dive at speeds of up to 60 mph. The ability to rotate their wings in a figure-8, allows them to hover. It also gives them the ability to fly both backwards and forwards.  Whilst visiting our daughter in Costa Rica…


Along the Norfolk Coast

It’s a good day for a walk in mid September, in the middle of an Indian summer with temperatures in the mid  to upper 20’s. We decided to head out for the day along the north Norfolk coast. First stop a visit in the morning to  Holkham Hall and a walk around the lake. At…


Kingfishers and Ospreys

It was now our third visit to Lackford Lakes, this time in late summer. Lackford Lakes is situated between Thetford and Bury St Edmund’s. In total it covers 161 hectares of lakes, reeds, meadow and woodland. Managed by Suffolk Wildlife Trust the reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).  It’s free to visit and…


Bempton Cliffs more than just a Sea Bird Colony.

This was our second visit to the cliffs at Bempton on the Yorkshire coast. Famous mainly for its huge sea bird colony of Gannets, Razorbills, Guillemots, Kittiwakes and Puffins. However, there is more to the cliffs at this time of the year as we found out, if you step back from the cliff top footpath….


Morning Bird Drive at Satpura

It was the last day at Satpura NP before heading home, on an overnight flight. But before we leave there was just enough time for an early morning bird drive. This will take us slowly through the villages and farmland between Reni Pani and the river. Then along the forest edges, beside a canal and…


Satpura’s East Buffer Zone

After coffee and cake it was time to leave on our evening safari to the East Buffer Zone. The first time we had been there. This zone had more interaction with the local village and because of this had encountered problems. With Tigers, Leopards, and Dhole crossing the river and attacking the local cattle. The…


Morning Drive in Satpura

Another early start began with coffee and a biscuit  and a drive in the dark to the river crossing for a morning safari in Satpura. As we reached the crossing a flock of Red Wattled Lapwings flew across in front of us, heading down to the rivers edge. Entering the park we saw a large…