South Africa pt.5 – November 2018

After three nights at Punda Maria it was time to leave. Our destination was Phalaborwa. We first drove back to Shingwedzi which was again a really good place for watching storks and raptors on the...
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South Africa pt.5 – November 2018

South Africa pt.4 – October 2018

I think every day since the day we arrived at Skukuza, we'd seen elephants. It was almost possible to become a bit dismissive about them at times. However, on the drive further north we came...
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South Africa pt.4 – October 2018

South Africa pt.3 – October 2018

Arid landscape near Olifants camp Setting off from Olifants, a very early morning produced little wildlife (a few impala and a couple of zebra) but we did see an Aardvark burrow and nearby diggings. After...
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South Africa pt.3 – October 2018

South Africa pt.2 – October 2018

After enjoying a brief stop at Satara rest camp (where we would stay the night later in the trip) where we watched the Tree Squirrels, Southern Red-billed Hornbill and the big views over the mostly...
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South Africa pt.2 – October 2018

South Africa pt.1 – October 2018

The flight from Heathrow to Johannesburg was 11 hours long. Fortunately we chose an overnight flight so we could sleep through most of it. Unfortunately I didn't sleep at all. Apart from our neighbouring passenger...
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South Africa pt.1 – October 2018


Summaries of some of my trips around the world in the pursuit of wildlife. These reports are not exhaustive in their recollection of sightings. For a complete catalogue of sightings, see the species list.

Scotland – April 2015

This trip was another last minute decision. A friend emailed me in the morning for some info on the Cairngorms. He was leaving that evening, and had room in the…

Scotland – Sept’ 2014

The trip began by heading straight for Mull. The only stop along the way was at Loch Linnhe to see the Black Guillemots. There was little daylight left when we…

Scotland – April 2014

Day 1 The trip started off bizarrely, with an African Spoonbill while we were still in Gloucester. It was an obvious escape, but now living wild, at least for the…

Scotland – March 2014

At the last minute, I decided to tag along with a couple of birding friends who were travelling to Scotland for a couple of days, roughing it in the car…

Scotland – August 2013

Every drive to Scotland is a long and sometimes seemingly endless journey. This trip’s destination was the west coast of Scotland, nearly 500 miles. The late evenings of August meant…