Saturday, March 31, 2012

Woodpecker photos needed... again

As many of you will know, I am currently working on a new book, provisionally entitled Woodpeckers of the World: a photographic guide (for the publisher Christopher Helm in London. Now I have blogged this before, but think it worth another go. The project editor is Jim Martin who is looking forward to submissions of top-class photos of woodpeckers from anyone who would like to be involved. So, if you have photos of woodpeckers from anywhere in the world, then contact Jim who'll tell you what is needed. His address:

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

How many names can a wryneck have ?

Of course, my main targets in Uganda were woodpeckers. Here is one I snapped in the south-west, the non-woodpecker-like Rufous-necked Wryneck Jynx ruficollis.  Also known as Rufous-throated, Red-throated, Red-breasted, Rufous-breasted and even African Wryneck. Take your pick !

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Uganda: Rock Python

Another photo from my recent trip around Uganda. We came across this African Rock Python Python sabae in the Lake Mburo National Park. It was about 12 foot long (they can reach 20 foot) and was quite fat in the middle (had probably eaten recently). Apparently warthogs and impalas and other antelopes are no problem to get down! It is non-venonmous.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Uganda: Black-headed Weaver

Another photo from Uganda. Black-headed Weaver Ploceus cucullatus. This common and widespread bird is also known as Village Weaver.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Back from Uganda

Well, what a trip to Uganda that was! But very little time to get on-line to up-date the blog... was too busy birding and mammal watching. And when I had a little time, there was often no connection. Anyway, here is a photo, the first of several I will post in the coming days. A Hippo in Lake Mburo.   

Friday, March 2, 2012


So, next destination up is... Uganda. I fly there tomorrow, all sorts of avian and other wildlife delights in store. I will try to up-date this blog from there, internet connections willing !