With work commitments and Mother's Day; I might just get in one more session before I get the pike gear back into the loft, until we head north in May. There's always the March PAC meeting; it's going to be fun - at long last we have something positive to report.
|Sampling a glass of the "local" ambiance - watching Honey Buzzards migrating in Corfu (Sept 2004)|
|Now this would be a nice addition to the Newland's patch list - a Black-eared Wheatear|
This brings me nicely onto the the subject of doing things your own way. The technology that is available to us, via the world wide web, ensures that we are able to make a virtual visit before any money is spent. Bev requires little more than guaranteed sunshine and a pool; I want to be able to go wandering without risk of aggro. Spain and the Balearic's, France, The Canary Islands, Greece and Turkey have all proven to be places which are able to provide the holidays we seek. I realise that these destinations are hardly pushing at the boundaries of "life experience" yet they are all capable of producing encounters with unfamiliar species which allows me to find enjoyment. Habitats and terrain are also very different from those I have experienced within a UK context, so much to be explored in a fortnight. I don't seek the assistance of a guide, if I'm not good enough to find it, then so be it - it will be there next time.
|Eupholidoptera chabrieri - a Bush Cricket from Corfu (It's only taken me 9 years to find out what it's called!)|
|Sunrise over Sithonia (Mount Atos in the background) - don't forget to smell the flowers!|