Category: Locations

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…


Tigers and Sloth Bear in Satpura

We left the lodge at 3.00 p.m and headed for the river travelling through the villages. hoping for more sightings of Sloth Bear in the park. It was harvest time and although some of the crops were being harvested by machines. Many of the fields were being worked by hand. Long lines of mostly women harvested…


Sloth Bear in Satpura

The wake up call was at 4.45 a.m and then we were off in the dark to the river crossing into Satpura in the hope of more sightings of Sloth bear. As we drove along a Field Mouse scurried across the road dazzled by the jeeps headlights. Arriving at the river once again we left…


Twilight in Satpura’s west buffer zone

We left the lodge at 4.30 p.m. and drove  along the track onto the tarmac road and through the villages, to the entrance to the buffer zone.  Our naturalist and driver was Aly Rashid, the owner of  Reni Pani Lodge and a member of the royal family of Bhopal. As we drove past Spotted deer,…


Sunday Morning Safari in Satpura

Once again we left the lodge in the dark and headed for the river and the entrance to the National Park. We negotiated the floating bridge by torchlight and headed off in the park jeeps. Early in to the safari tiger pug marks were seen on the sand track. The four jeeps split up to…