Category Archives: woodpeckers

Woodpeckers that don’t Peck Wood

Anyone who has spent time walking through mountain fynbos in the south-western Cape will know that birds, of any kind, are few and far between. Its actually quite startling just how few birds – or other vertebrates – inhabit what … Continue reading

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Still Life (with woodpecker)

As a birdwatcher, one inevitably comes across a dead bird now and again. More often than not, these casualties are caused by windows or motor vehicles, and the statistics of how many birds are actually killed by collisions with glass … Continue reading

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Heart Spotted

Thailand is home to 35 species of woodpecker (more than any other country apart from neighbouring Myanmar) and – incredibly – we had five of them in view, at one time, as we looked out at the forested slope from … Continue reading

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Cactus Condo

The Sonoran Desert spans the border country between southwestern USA and Mexico. Here, around Phoenix, the lowlands are all set about with imposing Saguaro Cactus (Cereus giganteus) – many over 15 meters tall and clearly ancient. Ghostly Arizona Sycamore (Platanus wrightii) grow … Continue reading

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Big Drummer

The rain was finally easing up, after an extraordinary morning downpour. All around me the tropical foliage was glistening as droplets slipped and splashed their way to the forest floor. Our little battery-powered boat chugged down the Mennangul, a tributary … Continue reading

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