Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Book review: Antpittas and Gnateaters

Antpittas and Gnateaters

Harold F. Greeney
Helm (Bloomsbury) | 2018
496 pp. | 18 x 24.7 cm | 24 colour plates, 250 colour photographs
Hardback | £50 / $65 | ISBN: 9781472919649

Just finished my review of Harold Greeney's magnum opus, to be published in Neotropical Birding 24...

Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing for providing a review copy. 

Monday, 12 November 2018

Book review: Birds of Nicaragua: a field guide

Birds of Nicaragua: a field guide

Liliana Chavarría-Duriaux, David C. Hille & Robert Dean
Comstock (A Zona Tropical Publication) | 2018
480 pp. | 14 x 21.7 cm | 1332 colour illustrations, 9 colour photographs, 810 maps
Softback | £32 / $39.95 | ISBN: 9781501701580

Just finished my review of the handy new guide to the birds of Nicaragua, to be published in Neotropical Birding 24...

Thanks to Cornell University Press for providing a review copy.

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Birds of Vietnam goes to press

Birds of Vietnam, the second title in the Lynx and BirdLife International Field Guides series has gone to press. More details can be found on the book's Lynx webpage. Sample page spreads are available for download too. This pioneering publication is the first ever field guide to the avifauna. The new flexicover version is available at a discount and with free worldwide shipping until 20 December. More information to follow soon...


Friday, 10 August 2018

Lynx and BirdLife International Field Guides at Birdfair

Lynx Edicions is launching the Lynx and BirdLife International Field Guides series at Birdfair. If you're going to be there, come along to our stand for a chat with two of the ornithologists in charge of this collection: Guy Kirwan on Saturday and me on Sunday. More information here.


Friday, 27 July 2018

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Wildflower meadow management at Chapel Green, Rocklands


Today villagers got together to carry out the annual cut of Chapel Green wild-flower meadow. Further posts on this wonderful local asset, managed by the community on behalf of Rocklands Parish Council, are to be found here.

The green had unfortunately grown quite long and rank, because we were unable to carry out the annual cut in 2016.


Thanks to the loan of a wheeled petrol strimmer by the kind people at the village's Walnut Tree Garden Nursery, we made short work of the cut.


Our late afternoon break, with the hay almost cut, consisted of Carolyn's locally harvested, home-made elderflower cordial, freshly harvested apple (from our garden) crumble, and tea.


After a further mow with the lawnmower, the green is ready for the coming year's growth.





Friday, 4 August 2017

Butterflies of the Pyrenees


Some of the butterflies encountered on a family camping trip to the Huesca Pyrenees in late July-early August.

[Text to follow. Some IDs tentative]


Pyrgus alveus centralhispaniae / P. armoricanus ?, Torla, 21 July

Argynnis pandora, Torla, 21 July
Apatura iris, Torla, 21 July

Parnassius apollo, río Ara above Bujaruelo, 22 July
Hesperia comma, Valle de Otal, 23 July
Lasiommata maera, Valle de Otal, 23 July
Polyommatus escheri ? , Valle de Otal, 23 July

Pyrgus sp. Valle de Otal, 23 July

Lysandra cordon, Valle de Otal, 23 July

Argynnis paphia, Valle de Otal, 23 July


Polyommatus escheri ? , Valle de Ordesa, 24 July



Plebicula dorylas ♀, río Ara above Bujaruelo, 25 July

Nymphalis antiopa, Lac d'Orédon, 29 July

Lycaena vigaureae, Lac d'Orédon, 29 July
Brassy Erebia sp cf gorgone, Ibón de Plan, 31 July

Ibón de Plan, 31 July


Melitaea phoebe occitanica & Zygaena filipendulae, Revilla, 1 Aug

Melanargia galathea, Revilla, 1 Aug


Iphiclides podalirius, Laguna de Pineta, 3 Aug