Tag Archives: wetland

SNOWY OWL!!!!! (and other birds near Seattle WA)

The essence of a megatick is to experience a moment that money can’t buy. Megaticks therefore typically require the chaser to go well beyond the usual birding norms. And that is exactly how I felt when I saw my first Snowy … Continue reading

Posted in North America, Trip reports | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

First casual, then blizzard birding: mid-winter in Istanbul

(with contributions by Lesley Starke) During my annual trip to South Africa, it has become customary to first find the cheapest plane ticket, and thereafter see how I can maximize my lifelist gains. This year took me through Istanbul in … Continue reading

Posted in Asia, Europe, Trip reports | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

A day on the Great Ocean Road, with a little taste of Melbourne

Many thanks to Jan and Nerine Erasmus for hosting and making my trip so enjoyable (it was great seeing you both!), and the members of CEED for making me feel welcome at their awesome conference. Despite the rivalry between Australia … Continue reading

Posted in Australasia, Trip reports | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Mid-summer birding in Northern California

(with contributions by Lesley Starke) It’s always exciting when friends tie the knot. It’s even more exciting when the reception is at an exciting (read birding) destination. This about sums the situation when my friends Scott Loarie and Jessica Yarnall … Continue reading

Posted in North America, Trip reports | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

South-western USA birding in late March

My long-time birding friend Duan Biggs happens to find reasons to travel to the USA on a near-annual basis. Those reasons will of course diminish as Duan’s North American birdlist grows. But until then, I’ll be sure to clean my … Continue reading

Posted in North America, Trip reports | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mixing work and birding in Northern Ireland/England

Though it may not be that obvious from reading this blog, the reality is that I do sometimes work to make a living, currently mainly revolving around finishing a PhD. To keep me sane through this process, I maintain some ‘academic baggage’ … Continue reading

Posted in Europe, Trip reports | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Summer 2010 in Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

For any twitcher, the first step to amass a decent world-list is to make sure you build a sizeable lifelist at home. My formative years in southern Africa was rather productive in this regard, as birder friends frequently invited me on … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Trip reports | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Late summer birding in Alaska

Having been to the subantarctic, I always wanted to get myself to the high Arctic to personally compare the wildlife and experiences from the two different polar regions. A conference in Canada (which by the way I never went too, … Continue reading

Posted in North America, Trip reports | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Summer birding in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

I visited the UAE between Aug 14-18, 2009. Having essentially birded the entire southern African subcontinent (apart from much of Nambia ) from childhood to graduate student, I always dreamt of the birds present beyond out borders. I had my … Continue reading

Posted in Asia, Trip reports | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment