Monday, 31 January 2011

Accommodations: Jungle Lore Birding Lodge - India

The Jungle Lore Birding Lodge lies in the village of Pangot near Nainital, in northern India in Uttarakhand Province. It is not a luxury lodge but has running water and ensuite cottages and is perfectly adequate for keen birders wishing to see the regions special wildlife which includes Lammergeier and Cheer, Koklass and Khalij Pheasants. Leopards are sometimes seen by the lodge itself as they hunt for the local monkeys. The staff are very helpful, birding guides available, there is a bird book library and the food is authentic local fare.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Wildlife: Moths and Mothing

There is a growing interest in moths. An increasing number of folks are travelling the world to observe them and some tour companies are even organising group tours based on moth trapping and photography. There are innumerable species, some large and spectacular, some very colourful, others rather bland. Most are nocturnal, others not. If you take up moths as a hobby, mothing, you will never run out of subjects to look for and study. This subtly coloured Geometer Moth species was photographed in Hungary.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Wildlife: Southern Giant Petrel

This huge impressive seabird, with a wingspan of some 190cm, breeds on remote islands in the southern seas. But it spends much time on the wing and is often best seen when following ships, which it often does. This fine photo was taken by Doug Kirwin off the South Shetland Islands.

Monday, 3 January 2011

Destinations: Skomer Island - Wales, UK

Skomer is a island reserve in the Irish Sea, off Pembrokeshire in SW Wales. It is run by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales and is accessible by boat from 1st April to 31st October (weather permitting). Several trails criss-cross the island, short ones and a longer circular one which follows almost the coastline. Skomer is home to one of the most accessible seabird colonies in Europe: the Puffins here are very photogenic! You can reach the island by boat from the village of Martin's Haven. Take the B4327 road from Haverfordwest and follow it south-west until the turning for Marloes. Continue through Marloes until you reach the car park by the harbour.