Monthly Archives: December 2015

Happy Christmas from Shetland

So another year draws to a close. It’s been something of a rollercoaster for me, with some giddy, jolly¬†highlights and, inevitably, their counterpoints. I think this year of all years I’ve come to realise the personal value of the natural … Continue reading

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Colombian hummingbirds – part 2

The second stage of my recent first visit to Colombia took me to the Santa Marta mountains in the north-east of the country. These mountains are high, remote, and ancient – surely happy hunting grounds for fans of endemic species … Continue reading

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Colombian hummingbirds – part 1

My recent trip to¬†Colombia was made, principally, in order to spend some time in the isolated Santa Marta mountains in the north-east of the country. These ancient mountains – much, much older than the Andes – have stood alone on … Continue reading

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Auroras and shooting stars

It’s quite a night outside tonight. One of those dreamlike, rare Shetland evenings that come so infrequently in December. I’ve just come inside after a couple of hours wandering around Skaw drinking it all in. It’s still and clear out … Continue reading

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A Whalsay selkie

We’ve two species of seals here in Shetland, Grey and Common (or Harbour) Seals. Common Seals have their pups in the height of the summer – pups that are, within hours of birth, swimming in the open sea with their … Continue reading

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Rufous Turtle Dove in Shetland

Today was all about expeditions. Back in Colombia, my good friend Diego Calderon was setting off today to trek deep into the Santa Marta mountain range, up into the remotest areas of paramo, seeking the almost mythical Blue-bearded Helmetcrest. This … Continue reading

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Of hummingbirds and Pablo Escobar’s hippos

If a long section of the road that runs through the Colombian department of La Guajira from Santa Marta to Riohacha looks a little like a runway, then that’s because this is exactly what it was not so very long … Continue reading

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