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He Who Walks on Water

As you're probably well aware by now, I have a penchant for the unconventional. I tend to break rules more often than not - and this was definitely the case when we came upon a pair of roosting Tropical Screech Owls at a known roost site. It was mid morning, so the owls definitely weren't going anywhere. Typically, owls tend to spend their daytime hours asleep in a safe, secure location. Which usually involves a thick web of branches, preventing any direct access to the sleeping birds. More importantly, the branches themselves help to conceal the birds' presence, as their cryptic patterns make...

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Bioblitz 2016: Port of Spain

Last year's Bioblitz took place in the capital city of Port of Spain, an area that I have honestly shunned for my entire life - I just can't keep up with the hustle and bustle, the traffic and the congestion. Not to mention the general dirtiness and the constant need to look over one's shoulder. I didn't expect anything great, you know there's one major rule when you're going into nature, which is to expect the unexpected. Well I discarded this thought before we even left home. Getting there some time after lunch, we sluggishly crawled up Lady Chancellor Hill - the last time I had been there...

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The Little Heron That Posed

I've been putting off writing for a little more than a week now because I've been conceptualizing a long-winded, overly verbose attack on the Prime Minister of T&T, but each time I sat behind my pc, I just couldn't gather the energy required to formulate such a bullet. Sometimes it feels like beating on a brick wall, some folks are just determined to have their way. All the more relevant when these folks are in a position of power. But more on that later. For now, let's just say that Dr. Rowley seems to be jealous of a few hairy crabs in Buccoo. Veering away from the political train, I'm sharing...

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The Alpha

There are 18 recorded species of hummingbird in Trinidad and Tobago, the last of which was added not too long ago - which accounts for over 50% of all hummingbird species in the entire Caribbean region. For those of you who have ever taken the time to observe hummingbirds at a flowering plant or feeder anywhere, I'm certain that you may have noticed that there are "feeder bullies"; certain species who no matter their size or abundance, seek to lay a claim to a particular patch of flowers, or even a hummingbird feeder in someone's porch. In Trinidad, White-chested Emeralds try their best to defend...

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Absolutely Abstract

Not meaning to be elitist here, but probably I'm going to come across as that anyway - if one truly appreciates nature, it doesn't matter which aspect of Mother Nature, which face, all is beautiful. Whether it's birds, bats, trees or the sky itself, there is beauty everywhere. We're all born with a sense of wonder about the natural world, but somewhere along the way in becoming adults, we tend to lose this sense. We tend to get lost. Why is this? Why would a child be interested in a crab that's crossing a road, but an adult will drive over it in a heartbeat? The major change that takes place...

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