Land of the Ice Birds, Hokkadio,
Written by Jos   

Under the spell of winter, ice pack crashing rocky headlands, mists rising over thermal waters to stunning backdrops of snow and ice.  Winter birding at its best - Steller's Sea Eagles, Blakiston's Fish Owls, dancing Red-crowned Cranes, umpteen auks and auklets ...this is Hokkadio, northern Japan!

With the aim of writing as I travel, I departed Europe on 5 March for this latest adventure, one that will hopefully take me on Pacific pelagics and also provide encounters with thousands of wintering  on the southern island of Kyushu.

Last Updated ( Friday, 06 March 2015 )
Baltic Mammal Challenge, February
Written by Jos   

Grey Seal




Month two of the challenge, European Bison appear on the list, so too odds and ends such as Red Squirrel, European Beaver, Brown Hare and Wild Boar. Top additions however, both courtesy of a trip to Estonia, the duo Grey Seal and Ringed Seal.



Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 February 2015 )
Baltic Mammal Challenge, 2015
Written by Jos   





In lands inhabited by elusive critters such as European Lynx, Brown Bear and Flying Squirrel, I have decided to dedicate 2015 to an attempt on a 'Big Year' in the three Baltic States (Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia), the overly optimistic target being to see somewhere near 50 species of mammals by the year's end.

Last Updated ( Friday, 06 February 2015 )
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