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Return of the Storm Rider: The remarkable story of the spectacular recovery of an ocean nomad – The Short-tailed Albatross 2

Feb 28, 2018

With Photographs by Tui De Roy

Known today by the oddly inaccurate name Short-tailed Albatross (its tail is no shorter than any other species) this delightful bird with its dusting of gold, was once known more prosaically and eponymously as Steller’s Albatross (G. W. Steller 1709–1746, is also commemora...

Return of the Storm Rider: The remarkable story of the spectacular recovery of an ocean nomad – The Short-tailed Albatross 1

Jan 28, 2018

With Photographs by Tui De Roy

Making the call

It was a highly pressured birding moment. It was 4 August 2010 and I was ornithologist on the deck of the Clipper Odyssey in the Bering Sea with birders on board ready to give their eyeteeth to add a species to their Alaskan and Nort...

My Birding Paradise: Hokkaido II

Dec 22, 2017

I have been writing about the wildlife of Hokkaido since the early 1980s and Hokkaido is now widely known as one of the top winter birding and wildlife photography locations on Earth. It is rapidly claiming its place as a renowned year-round destination. 

Hokkaido is home to a number of eye-ca...

My Birding Paradise: Hokkaido I

Nov 30, 2017

I have been writing about the wildlife of Hokkaido since the early 1980s and Hokkaido is now widely known as one of the top winter birding and wildlife photography locations on Earth. It is rapidly claiming its place as a renowned year-round destination.

Hokkaido is home to a number of eye-catching...

Wild Watch Goes to Africa II Rwanda

Oct 31, 2017

As I set off on my first hike towards the Virunga National Park boundary in Rwanda, the alarming words rattling about in my head were these: “Its the hardest thing I have ever done.”

I have lost count of the number of times I had been told by previous visitors how tough the hike would b...

Wild Watch Goes to Africa I Zambia

Sep 30, 2017

From Alaska to Africa by way of Japan! I know I am fortunate, but sometimes even a strong self-inflicted pinch isn’t enough to wake to the reality. 

My years tend to follow a somewhat predictable, if rather busy, pattern as I return again and again to the same destinations introducing na...

Wild Watch Goes to Alaska II

Aug 31, 2017

Alaska! The name alone conjures images of wilderness and “last frontier”, of dramatic landscapes, and fog-shrouded islands. So far though, those adjectives could equally as well describe Hokkaido, the island I call home. 

Continuing south through the Bering Sea from the Diomede Islands in the&...

Wild Watch Goes to Alaska I

Jul 31, 2017

Alaska! The name alone conjures images of wilderness and “last frontier”, of dramatic landscapes, and fog-shrouded islands. So far though, those adjectives could equally as well describe Hokkaido, the island I call home.

Hokkaido is Japan’s wild frontier, settled relatively late, and with a d...

Kumagera: Japan's Largest Woodpecker

Jun 30, 2017

As mammals we live from before birth to death accompanied by a ceaseless steady rythym. The rhythmic beating of our hearts – though much to my doctor's consternation in my case that rhythm is not so regular. Unlike us mammals, plants operate, flourish, and proliferate without that steady and continuous beating. Fo...

Grey Heron, Master of Japan’s Wetlands

May 30, 2017

Time appears to flow differently for herons; perhaps it even flows around them, leaving them unscathed, as they stand poised and motionless above their reflections. Standing motionless is something to which their minds and muscles are finely attuned. Theirs is a waiting game and they are exceptionally good at it. After what seems an ...

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