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Focus on Lepidoptera, South Africa.
Written by Jos   
My second visit to South Africa in the space of six months, this three-week trip from 9-29 December 2017 very much focussed on the amazing butterflies of the country, though did begin with a few days in Kruger National Park searching for a number of iconic mammals, not least Wild Dogs, Leopards, Cheetahs and White Rhinos.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 April 2018 )
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Flying on Ice. March 2018.
Written by Jos   

24-25 March. Season 2018 opens!

Snow still in the woodlands, lakes and pools still under the grip of ice, but it is a time of change - temperatures climbing to above 5C, skeins of geese heading north,  White Storks and Cranes newly arrived.

 

 Siberian Winter Damselfly

 

 

And, despite the temperatures remaining low, just enough sun these couple of days to kick the season off - in vivid yellow, a male Brimstone on the 24th, then a Small Tortoiseshell the next day, one Siberian Winter Damselfly too.

 

 

 

 

So there it was, my first butterflies and damselflies of the year in Lithuania, so the season starts.

 

 

Last Updated ( Monday, 26 March 2018 )
 
Weekend in Israel, February 2018
Written by Jos   

A month or so earlier, my younger travelling companion, now at the grand age of nine, announced a list of five places in the world she wanted to visit – Hawaii, Death Valley, the Grand Canyon, the Eiffel Tower and the Dead Sea. With just a weekend to spare, the western side of America seemed a little extravagant and I really didn't have any real desire to visit Paris, so there it was, a trip to Israel on the cards.

 

Sinai Rosefinch

 

 

With just 2.5 days in the country, the basic idea of this mini trip, beyond obviously a short swim in the Dead Sea for the little one, was just to have an excellent weekend's birding, my only real targets being Black Bush Robin and a male Dead Sea Sparrow, the first of which I last saw in Sudan many years ago, the latter of which two dozen years since last encountering a male.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 04 March 2018 )
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