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Tales of St Giles – Part I: Noddies and Boobies

Some time ago, I posted about Magnificent Frigatebirds we enjoyed while bobbing around in the waters around St Giles Islands. For those of you unfamiliar with the territory, the islands - better described as rocks - that comprise St Giles are the northernmost land masses of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Located to the north-east of Tobago, they are only accessible by boat. And by accessible I do not mean you can step a foot on any of the rocks. Landings are ill-advised for the obvious safety reasons (large swells will smash any boat on numerous submerged and semi-submerged rocks) as well...

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What Makes the Magic?

I remember reading a photography blog many moons ago (Wild Eye - can't locate the exact post though) and there was a debate as to which element within an image makes the bigger difference. Is it the subject or is it the setting? Far too often we're preoccupied about one and forget the other. The trouble is, we can't have the subject without the setting. In practical terms, if there is no habitat there will be no bird. Which is a big reason why I tend to include lots of habitat in my images. It's just as important, and perhaps more important than the bird itself. Simply speaking, if you plant...

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The Difference a Cloud Makes

We all know them well, we used to look up at them and let our imagination run wild when we were children, we've drawn them, and I'm sure at some point in time we've all opened MS Paint and spraypainted some white fluffy "clouds" on a ridiculously cyan "sky" - after Solitaire became too much of a bore. Windows 98 aside, for those of you who can remember such a thing - this probably means you're knee deep into adulthood at the very least by now. Which, unfortunately for too many of us, means that we've become rather disconnected with our cotton-balls of the sky. Perhaps if someone reports a Pokemon...

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In Shade In Sun or In Sun In Shade?

Today's post title took me a while to understand - I'm still not sure if I've gotten it, but I'll share a couple pictures with you and we'll see if things make any sense. So firstly, In Shade In Sun:                   And In Sun In Shade:             I'd like to specially thank this obliging Barred Antshrike for his time and patience with me under these um, interesting conditions. Which of these tickles your fancy, if any? Or both?

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Oh Frigates

With the recent obliteration of Barbuda (and other nearby islands, but I'm specifically targeting Barbuda here) as a result of Hurricane Irma, there is a major concern (apart from the obvious humanitarian issue) about the fate of the island's bird population. Many migratory birds such as sparrows and shorebirds can sense differences in barometric pressure - and either change their migratory route or delay/expedite their travels to suit. Some others may skirt around the edge of the storms, and a few intrepid individuals decide to brave the storm itself. In fact, there is a well-known record of a GPS-enabled...

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The Last of the Light

Thought this would be a rather over-dramatic title, but then again - it is a magical time, that moment when the light is fading quickly around you, and scenes you had grown accustomed to in the harsh heat of the day have now spread themselves across the entire spectrum. I enjoy shooting in the early morning as well - but at sundown I've already located all my subjects and don't have to spend time fumbling and bumbling in the darkness, trying to locate creatures that have seen me from miles away. Those who know me would be well aware of my penchant for playing with light. After all, it's not like...

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Small, Smaller, Smallest

After a short hiatus, I posted the bimonthly Hacienda Jacana birding list a couple days ago, and it reminded me of how much I enjoy writing about how much I enjoy photographing nature. That sentence should add up perfectly, right? Anyway, after that ton of bird photos, I figured I'd share something different. I don't particularly know how to go herping as how I know how to go birding, but sometimes we happen to stumble upon something interesting. A few weeks ago, we saw this little lizard scampering away from our approaching humanoid forms. So obviously, I picked it up and took a few photos....

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Birding Hacienda Jacana: July/August

As is typical of my style, by the time we were rolling down the hill approaching the Hacienda Jacana entrance, all I could hear was my stomach digesting itself. With approximately two hours left in the day, the question was to bird or to eat? Obviously the only logical answer was both. I wolfed down that late lunch, and recorded a number of species by ear as we ate - trying desperately to hear Barred Antshrikes and a distant Southern Beardless Tyrannulet over the din of mastication. My food had not yet reached my stomach properly and I was already getting my camera ready for a brief walk before...

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