Ghana tour highlights

News is just in from David Hoddinott, who is guiding a private Rockjumper tour in Ghana: some of the many highlights so far have included 5 Eurasian Griffons (a new bird for Ghana as far as we know!), the little-known Etchecopar’s Owlet, the notoriously difficult Nkulengu Rail (photographed), White-crested Tiger Heron (see Adam’s image), Yellow-throated…

The Dassie Rat – an unique rodent

(This article first appeared on focusingonwildlife.com) The Dassie Rat (Petromus typicus) is endemic to the Southwest Arid Zone of Africa. Their range encompasses northwestern South Africa (Northern Cape Province), central and western Namibia and southwestern Angola. These cute, squirrel-like, long tailed rodents occur regularly and sometimes commonly in rocky areas within this vast swathe of…

2012 Bhutan Highlights

Erik Forsyth and I have just returned from another immensely successful tour through the Himalayan birding paradise of Bhutan and adjacent Assam in north-east India. Our birding adventure was timed perfectly to coincide with the onset of spring, ensuring that we scored a host of exciting winter visitors that were still present before migrating to…