I guess the first impression you get from seeing a Hoopoe for the very first time is a mixture of the comical as well as the beautiful. Is it a bird or an as yet undiscovered modern ancestor of the pterodactyl? With its striking colours … Continue readingThe Hoopoe – the modern day pterodactyl?
Andalucian Birders in particular will be pleased to read that some 30 kilometres west of Málaga, a new hide has been built on the Guadalhorce river, just south of Pizarra in an area called Doña Ana. Inaugurated in July 2015, the new Doña Ana hide … Continue readingPlaying Hide and Seek with Doña Ana
I’ve always denied having a birding ‘patch’, but it’s gradually dawned on me that the terrace of my house in Alcala de los Gazules is a patch, albeit an extremely small one. I’m being a little disengenuous here since the terrace has an 180° view … Continue readingTerrace Temptations
I get to count my blessings that both companies and individuals alike choose me to guide for them whilst visiting Morocco. I love this wonderful country, the scenery, the wildlife and the people. Each visit cultivates the passion I have for Morocco. Increasingly I am … Continue readingThe delights of Morocco Birding
Bringing the wonder of Osprey migration into the classroom. The annual migration of Ospreys between Europe and Africa is a journey that captures the imagination like few others. In recent years advances in satellite tracking technology have enabled us to follow individual Ospreys on their … Continue readingWorld Osprey Week
Before we dive into the complexities of correct exposure of a digital photograph it is perhaps appropriate to discuss how the images are saved in the camera. Most digital cameras offer a choice on the quality and file format to be used to save the … Continue readingNature in Focus – Exposure
On a cold wet winter´s day, what better than to look back to those warm balmy days of summer. It was still dark when I set out on an early June morning to open the nets; Casares was just a silhouette against the brightening eastern … Continue readingBreeding Season 2014, how was it for you?
Spain is, without doubt, a geographical haven for a diverse spectrum of wildlife. The Iberian Peninsula as a whole is blessed with more than 68,000 animal species, representing over 50% of the species present in the European Union and with the total estimated number of … Continue readingWildlife Crime in Spain
The small lagoon complex formed by marshlands, waterlogged areas and different pools that constitute the Nature Reserve of Suarez’s Pond, the so-called “Charca de Suárez” in Spanish, make this place a real oasis for nature and wildlife. Located in the hearth of Motril lowlands, its … Continue readingGranada wildsite – Suarez’s Pond
We all know that Andalucía is a great place to be a birder. But there are some misguided fools, who live here or visit in order to whack a small white ball, into a very small hole, on very big golf courses. I try to … Continue readingMy Golf Club