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Eastern Bush Chat · 4M ago

A Million Miles From Home

I read once of a couple who, having decided to shun the trappings of modern city life, fled to a remote Scottish Isle, finding themselves by degrees falling into complete harmony with the se...
Eastern Bush Chat · 5M ago

Matters of the Heart

I watched a heart beating today, not my own or that of any fellow human being, but that of a tiny bird. A hummingbird, a White-throated Mountain Gem to be precise; such an apt name. This min...
Eastern Bush Chat · 5M ago

Resplendently Humming

'Quetzal!' I exclaimed. No response, again: 'Quetzal!' Not a flicker from Marino my guide who was intently peering through his scope at some small bird tazzing around in the tree tops. I tri...
Eastern Bush Chat · 5M ago

Doing Time

Alcatraz, La Isla de los Alcatraces, Island of the Pelicans, stands about 1.25 miles off the coast of San Francisco. It seems so easily accessible but in actuality is as remote as any offsho...
Eastern Bush Chat · 5M ago

Walking On Water

A depression hit the mid Californian coast a couple of days ago resulting in strong westerly winds and raging seas. The surf pounding the rocks was quite spectacular; the consequent chill no...
Eastern Bush Chat · 5M ago

Having a Whale of a Time

The shrieks and whoops of delight looped around the boat as another hump backed whale breached the deep blue surface of the Pacific, lunge feeding on anchovies, mouth gaping, filling its mas...
Eastern Bush Chat · 6M ago

The Never Ending Circle

The little boy was lifted up, firm grip from large hands on his skinny torso, to a bewildering height. Slightly scared but equally excited he was able then to peer over the rim of the carefu...
Eastern Bush Chat · 6M ago

March Highlights

One advantage of working at a nature reserve is that eventually you will see just about everything that turns up. Even, if like me, you only appear for a morning every fortnight you still ha...
Eastern Bush Chat · 7M ago

Seed Cracker

Pausing on the path, sluggish as an emergent wasp from its winter dormancy, I took stock of the day so far. Reeling Grasshopper Warbler at Cley, Nightingale serenading us at Salthouse Heath,...
Eastern Bush Chat · 7M ago

It's All About Timing

It’s been a breezy few days. After the spring like conditions we enjoyed early on, tempting robins to begin building a nest on the ivy covered wall just outside our kitchen, we were brought ...