Category Archives: Mammals

Impatient for spring

There are still few signs of spring in the local area. Celandines are out in flower but the cloudy weather meant that most remained closed up, just a few hardy individuals braved opening.  On the arable field edge, left fallow this … Continue reading

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A Hill in the Middle

Positioned at what must be about the centre of the Lake District, Fleetwith Pike holds a commanding position at the top of the Buttermere Valley.  It’s a steep climb from the valley floor with a few false summits along the … Continue reading

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Camping before the midges arrive

Scattered around Kielder Forest are a number of wild camping sites, flatish areas out in the more remote parts of the forest designed for a few small tents.  One of the closer ones to a road is near East Kielder, … Continue reading

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Trips out into the Maasai Mara: part 3 the birds

It’s easy to think of the Maasai Mara as simply a game reserve, a place to see the large cats, the antelope, zebras, buffalo and the like: yet it is also a great place to watch a huge range of … Continue reading

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Trips out into the Maasai Mara: part 2 the grazing animals

The life of the cats in the Mara is intimately linked to many of the grazing animals that wander around this large game reserve.  Thomson’s gazelle and impala were the first to be spotted as we entered from the Talek … Continue reading

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Trips out into the Maasai Mara: No 1 the cats

While staying at Riverside Camp at Talek we had four trips out into the adjacent Maasai Mara on the search for a variety of animals and birds.  The variety of wildlife was hard to take in along with the fact … Continue reading

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At the Riverside

We travelled south from Mbita stopping overnight in Kiisi before taking to the rough back roads to Talek at the edge of the Maasai Mara National Reserve.  Riverside Camp at Talek was our accommodation for two nights to give us … Continue reading

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