Monthly Archives: December 2013

One swallow makes… a New Year?

I’m used to seeing Pacific swallows around and about the place here in Indonesia, both in town and in the rainforest, or at least on the river next to it. They’re smaller and more washed out and watercolour like than the UK’s relative to them, the bold, acrylic barn swallow. But when I picked up two friends at the airport at 7am the other morning I had to literally rub my eyes to be sure of what I had glimpsed […]

Conservation: 2013 in review

It has been a year with many ups and downs for wildlife, but one where I think we’ve seen that a growing awareness that the disconnection from nature among adults and children is bad news for wildlife in the long term, and that a largely Conservative Government is capable of doing some things right but has largely let the natural environment slip from the agenda and is more willing to favour business interests and large landowners than it is our […]

Gibbons calling

One of my most recent trips into the forest was probably one of the most exciting. I’m very lucky to be hosting a good friend here over Christmas and I wanted to make sure that he got the full jungle experience. So, on his first day in the rainforest, at 3.45 am we left camp and headed to the ‘sleeping tree’ of Karate group of gibbons. We heard them singing (more on this below) and headed for the sound. We […]

Bulbuls and fantails

This blog was originally written for the Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project in my role as their Communications Manager. One of my favourite pastimes is wildlife photography, and so an opportunity to spend time in a rainforest in Indonesia is quite a boon. But, as a birdwatcher too, it can be a frustrating environment. I’ve written about this previously on our blog. The dense vegetation makes seeing the bird you can hear easier said than done. A few days ago while […]