Category: Birds

Satpura’s Western Buffer Zone

This morning the four jeeps, their passengers, guides and naturalists that made up the Bear group were on safari in Satpura’s Western Buffer Zone. After a slightly later wake up call at 5.30 a.m. we left at 6.00 a.m. in our jeep with Alf and Carol. The track led through villages full of cows, goats…


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…


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…


Brazil – Just Jaguars

The Journey  On the 29th October 2018 we set off on our Naturetrek, small group wildlife holiday to Brazil’s Pantanal, in search of jaguars. The journey from Norfolk to Heathrow always seems to take forever, but after parking in the long stay we were on our way. We were flying with Latin American Airlines, a…


Entabeni Safari Conservancy – Day 1

Gys, our guide greeted us after our long, over night flight from Heathrow to Johannesburg. There we met up with the other 12 members of the group and boarded our coach. It was a 4 hour drive up to the Entabeni Game Reserve, the first stop on our trip.  Entabeni is in the Waterberg Mountains…


Keoladeo National Park

Having spent the last ten days in fairly remote locations, Bharatpur also know as Keoladeo National Park wasn’t quite what we were expecting. We knew that the wetland sanctuary had been created some 250 years ago, initially as a hunting ground for the maharajahs of Bharatpur. There were duck shoots  organised yearly in honor of…


River Chambal National Park

The overnight train journey passed without incident and we arrived in Agra. We spent a day with the crowds  visiting the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort. Then it was time to say good bye to three members of the group. Our next stop was the River Chambal. This was an area that we knew…


Parrot Crossbills in Thetford Forest

Last week I heard Steven Fry liken some aspects of the internet to a modern day Pandora’s box, containing many of the evils of the world. However, it does have some great benefits. One being if some interesting wildlife appears in your local area the word soon gets out. This was the case last week…


Redshanks vs Spotted Redshanks

Redshanks are a common wader found, year-round, on the marshes of the north Norfolk coast. At any time of year, on a visit to  RSPB Titchwell, Snettisham or the NWT Holme Dunes you often see redshanks probing their bills into the mud for insects, worms, and crustaceans. This year has even seen them returning to breed…