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Heathrow to India’s Satpura National Park

 This spring we joined Naturetrek’s Wildlife Festival in India’s Satpura National Park.  The group was to be based at the luxurious Reni Pani Jungle Lodge in the parks buffer zone. We were to depart from London Heathrow on a Jet Airways flight to Mumbai. Rajan Jolly had already alerted us to some problems with Jet…


Visit to Lackford Lakes

Last year whilst visiting the Hawk & Owl Trusts reserve at Sculthorpe Moor we talked to another visitor who recommended a visit to Lackford Lakes. This is a reserve run by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust. It is just across the border in Suffolk.   With the prospect of a break in the weather and temperatures set…


Bird Box Camera 2019

Latest Bird Box Camera Video update:- 17th May.     Since moving to Norfolk in the late 80’s we’ve had a number of nest boxes in the garden. Over the years we’ve had Great and Blue Tits nesting successfully in the closed box and Robins in the open fronted boxes. Its now five years since…


Sculthorpe Moor reserve never fails to impress

A visit to the Hawk and Owl Trust Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve in Norfolk never fails to impress. Living about half an hours drive from the reserve and a member of the Friends of Sculthorpe Moor we try to visit each month. Each changing season bringing a different look to the Moor and a new cast of wild…


Pantanal’s 5 Kingfishers

The main focus of our trip to Brazil and the Panatal was to see Jaguars. However, we had been told that the birds of this area were stunning. It is a paradise for birders and photographers. There are over 600 species to see and very few humans to disturb them. It’s often possible to get fairly close to…


Giant River Otters of the Rio tres Irmaos

Giant Otters were once found throughout large areas of South America .  By the 1970’s their numbers had fallen dramatically. This was mainly due  to a demand for their pelts, deforestation, and human disturbance. When we travelled in 2008 to the Peruvian Amazonian rain forest,  they had become an endangered species. We travelled by canoe up…


Along the Transpantaneira Highway

Today we were returning to the Transpantaneria Highway in the hope of finding the one target species that had eluded us, the Giant Anteater. The morning was off to a good start as before breakfast a Crab Eating Fox paid a visit to the lodge to scavenge for scraps from the kitchen. As it’s name…


SouthWild Pantanal Lodge

First Boat Ride at Southwild  Lodge After breakfast we split into two groups to take to the boats. The boats travelled up the river Pixaim from the lodge past the Mato Grosso hotel and the long bridge. We travelled as far up the river as we could go before our journey was blocked by water hyacinths…


SouthWild Flotel on to the Lodge

It had been an incredible experience at the Southwild Flotel. We had seen eight different Jaguars some of them numerous times. They are certainly an amazing animal. The whole environment and its wildlife is extremely special. Although we were sorry to leave we were moving on back along the river to Porto Jofre and then…


Jaguars Galore

After breakfast at 6.00 a.m. we were ready to leave for our morning boat safari, hoping for more Jaguars Fortunately our clothing and shoes had dried overnight. However, a downpour of rain prevented the departure and we left at 7.00 a.m. Under cloudy skies we headed out, it wasn’t  long before our first Jaguar encounter. On…