Animals

Komodo Dragon

There are some creatures one is unfortunately not likely to see in the wild, one of these being the Komodo Dragon, Varanus komodoensis, a very large carnivorous member of the Monitor Lizard family....
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Early doors

Out and about at the crack of dawn and the chorus was in full swing. House Martins were catching flies and taking them back to their nests, Blackbirds were grabbing a few worms and Wagtails and Plovers were scuttling along the riverbed....
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Asian short-clawed Otter

The Asian short-clawed Otter, or Oriental small-clawed Otter, Aonyx cinerea, is the smallest otter species in the world, reaching up to 65 centimetres in length. It is also listed as a ‘vulnerable’ or ‘seriously threatened’ species due to pollution, rapid destruction of habitat and hunting. They live in mangrove swamps and freshwater wetlands. Or, in this case, in the...
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Monkeys in the forest

The Abuko Nature Reserve in The Ganbia is home to three types of primates: Vervet, Colobus and Patas monkeys. Some are totally wild and you just catch the occasional glimpse of them in the dense undergrowth. More often than not you just hear them, either rustling the branches as they move about or when they call out. Others have...
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Lots-o’-Leggies

There are apparently over 12,000 named species of millipedes, class Diplopoda, so the chances of me naming this quite large specimen in the near future are, I would conservatively say, bleak. They are quite speedy critters, but who wouldn’t be with all those legs! This one was tucking into his lunch and wasn’t going to be disturbed by anyone....
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Two wet and windy outings

The weather has been variable with lots of wind and rain so not ideal for outings or photos.  I did go to Bix, near Henley and watched the Red Kites soaring overhead and occasionally skimming the grass or landing in the fields.  Buzzards were also soaring high, being chased away by crows.  At the nature reserve itself, I did...
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Odds and ends from the garden and Southlake

The garden pond is brimming with water after all the recent rain and is looking nice and clear. The Sparrows are still after the peanut butter even when there is plenty of other food out for them.. I had another visit from the Red Admiral butterfly which was nice. Red Kites are never absent from the skies, sometimes soaring...
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