Here we are in 2014. My update is a little behind as it is now February!
An amazing 2013 Concluded with a great trip to Iceland, in December. Unfortunately we did not see the star attraction - The Northern Lights. Never the less a great trip, with friends Michael Vickers and Tony Rees.
God willing 2014 should prove to be another great adventure. It started in January with a trip to Scotland, to photograph the Red Squirrel. Despite unfavourable light conditions we managed to capture some lovely images of them leaping. Fellow travellers, Roger & Mary Toon, Jill Baxter and Jeff Thomas shared the cosy bungalow at the Northshots centre, Nr Avimore.
On the 15th February I again head off to India, with my great friend Michael (Tiger) Vickers. The three week adventure will take us to Delhi. From there to Bhratpur, known as "Bird City". Heading back to Delhi, we catch our internal flight to Calcutta to explore the vast mango swamps of the Sundarbans. We are praying to catch a glimpse of the elusive "Swamp Tiger". However there are many other species to look out for, including King Crocodiles, Rhinos, River Dolphins and numerous birds.
A further internal flight takes us to Kaziranga National Park. The park is the host for two third of world’s population on one horned rhinos and also holds the highest density of Tigers among all the protected areas in the world. This park also is a domicile for large breeding inhabitants of Elephant, wild water buffaloes and swamp deer. Declared as Important Bird Area by Birdlife International this national park is a home for great variety of inhabitant and migrating birds. Located on the banks of river Brahmaputra, the sanctuary enjoys tropical vegetation and is marked by elephant grass, marshy lowlands and tropical moist broadleaf forests. The beautiful flora and diverse fauna adds to the scenic beauty of the park. We have several elephant safaris and a jungle trip to a Gibbon sanctuary.
In May my wife, Jutta, are visiting Andalusia, a beautiful part of Spain. June I head off to a repeat visit to Hungary, again, with Mike Vickers. On my return must take a trip or two to visit the Puffins on Skomer Island. Then July/August we shall be off to visit my daughter in Canada! Oh and it is my 70th birthday in August.
Looking on to 2015 the first trip is booked. Norway for Golden and White Tailed Sea Eagles etc. Wow.