Showing posts from March, 2015

Animal of the Month

Welcome to Animal of the Month for March 2015. Every month, we will announce our favourite animal that has been featured on the blog at some point during the month.

Which animal has been our favourite this month?

Masked Crab

Winner: Masked Crab
This month was the toughest decision yet. It was very difficult to choose between Chough, Dipper or Masked Crab, but I eventually decided on the Masked Crab because I had never seen anything like it before Wales. I had no idea that they even existed, and it was a real surprise when I found it. All the other contenders I had seen before, but the Masked Crab was a new find for me. This is also the first AotM that isn't a bird.

Fact File
Name: Masked Crab
Scientific Name: Corystes cassivelaunus
Family: Corystidae
Diet: burrowing invertebrates, molluscs.

Britain's National Bird

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India has the Peacock and USA has the Bald Eagle, but Britain currently has no official national bird. Now, the public are being asked to choose our avian representative.

The Candidates
Barn Owl, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Hen Harrier, Kingfisher, Mute Swan, Puffin, Red Kite, Robin, Wren.

What is a national bird?
A country's national bird is something that represents the country, the bird that springs to mind when you think of a certain country. In some cases, the national bird is a species endemic to the country, which would for obvious reasons represent the country, as they can be found nowhere else. Britain has a few endemic species, such as the Scottish Crossbill, but very few people have ever heard of them, let alone seen one. If a bird represents the country, it should represent the people as well. 

My Vote
This leads on to why I have voted for the bird I have voted for. I have voted for the Robin, because I feel that the Robin best represents our country. Almost eve…

Badgers on the Camera-Trap!

I know of two badger setts very close to where we stay in Marlborough, and we know that they're active, thanks to camera-traps.

The setts always produce some fantastic images, but this time we have some footage as well to share with you. The badgers were very inquisitive this time, and came right up to the camera-trap, to investigate it, and thus allowing us to get some fantastic images of them. The videos featured here are a mix of the best from both setts. Enjoy!

Thank you for watching :)

Stunning Surrey Sparrowhawk

About a week ago, my dad was calling his friend and, during their conversation, his friend said an unusual, larger bird had landed on a fence in his garden. My dad instantly said "I bet you it's a Sparrowhawk". His friend then went away to take a photo and low and behold, it was.

When I was forwarded the photos I was amazed (and a little jealous!). I decided the photos werw too good not to be put on the blog, so here they are. Enjoy!

Amazing photos of an amazing animal. It is definitely a male, due to the rufous cheek and breast. The age is much more tricky. The eye looks quite yellow, meaning this individual may be quite young, but it is difficult to say. What isn't difficult to say is that this is a fantastic bird of prey picture.

Thank you very much for the photos.

Escaping to the Country

Today we have been in Marlborough, Wiltshire, and we decided to head out of the centre of town and explore the wildlife of the countryside. There are many roads that lead out of Marlborough and lead through field after field, which are normally pretty full of life. We spotted a footpath going off the road and into the middle of the patchwork countryside.

Our first spot was literally from right next to the car, and immediately after climbing out. There were, among many pheasants, a few smaller shapes in the field. On closer inspection, they turned out to be Red Legged Partridge. And they were beautiful. They were foraging amongst the fields, probably for they main source of food: seeds and roots.

After a very good start, we began our walk. The trail wasn't very long, but it provided great views over large expanses of field, so it was good for spotting any raptors or other animals that may have been around. Soon, we reached a small gap in the trees, and it was a perfect place to scan …

Wonderful Welsh Wildlife

This is the final post from my trip to Wales. This post will feature all of the other amazing wildlife we have seen that haven't been mentioned in the other two posts. Enjoy!

To begin with, we headed for the sealife hotspot of Strumble Head. On the way, we decided to stop off at an old favourite place of ours. Fishguard. In Fishguard, we have seen a Dipper on the same river for the past three years running, so we decided to head back and see if we could see it again. The river is the perfect habitat for the Dipper. It is fast flowing and shallow, allowing for lots of rocks to stick up above the surface, providing a perching place for the Dipper.

We arrived and, yet again, saw the Fishguard Dipper within 5 minutes. Another amazing encounter with a beautiful bird.

After the Dipper encounter, we headed on to Strumble Head. The sun was out and the wind was up, perfect!

Strumble Head is known for its strong porpoise population and abundance of seabirds. Unfortunately, we didn't see any…