Animals

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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In the rain at Hurley

I was in dire need of some fresh air so we had a short explore at Hurley, going the opposite way down the river from our last visit.  It rained quite heavily but we will definitely be going again as it was really nice.  There were lots of Buzzards and Red Kites overhead but not easy to see clearly...
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Round and about locally

The weather has been changeable again and has turned quite cold at times, particularly in the high winds.  I am trying to get out a bit more again but haven’t been on any long walks, just little outings when out shopping etc.  A short stroll around Mill Pond was pleasant but chilly.  There were several Little Grebes but they...
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A few squirrels at Southlake

The squirrels are racing around at the moment getting all the acorns, as are the pigeons.  We had a couple of days of very high winds so the acorns were dropping like hailstones!  They can be surprisingly painful if they hit you on the head and they are also very slippery underfoot. As well as the acorns, they enjoy...
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Short walk at Southlake and in the garden

Not much walking recently due to various ailments but hopefully will get out again more soon.  Everywhere is surprisingly quiet though so I don’t think I’ve missed much.  Southlake has the usual ducks, geese, cormorants and gulls but the fishermen are also out a lot at the moment so they are quite scattered. This Grey Heron was lurking near...
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