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Three Foxes (A Camera Trap Post)

So here is a post based on what the blog is named after, a camera trap in Cornwall. I had a lot of chicken pieces left over from dinner and...

Sunday, 9 July 2017

*Free eBook!* Edge of the Desert

*Free Book!* Its been available in paperback for a short while but there has been a bit of a delay in the ebook version of "Echoes of an Empty Land" being published. Good news is it should be here in the next few days. So in preparation for its release you can read the first in the series for free on kindle between 9th July and 13th July.
UK site
or US site
Also available on other regional amazon sites.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

"Echoes of an Empty Land", Paperback Out Now

So after a year of waiting it is finally here "Echoes of an Empty Land", the sequel to the 2016 "Edge of the Desert" is on amazon as paperback (kindle edition coming soon). If you enjoyed the first book please take a look at my latest novel. Below is the synopsis of the book.
"After surviving being stalked by a pride of man eating lions and discovering diamonds Johan and Henry return once more to the sands of the Namib. However word soon gets out that a new diamond cache has been uncovered outside of British territory. With the diamond magnates now searching for the mine the second Boer war breaks out. Men’s loyalties are tested, as they must decide whether to stay or whether to fight. From the sands of the Namib to the chaotic Boer War battlefields and the comfort of Cape Town the men of the Sansa mine must fight to survive in the empty land."

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Sooty Tern Colony 360 Video, Ascension Island

I haven't posted in a while with living on Ascension Island with limited internet. Now I am on leave on Pudding Island (UK) and have internet for a while. While away I capture quite a few clips on my 360 camera. Here is a clip from one of the sooty tern colonies on Ascension Island. Take a look around and try spot the tern who checks out the camera. 

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Bio-florescent Green Turtles

A few weeks ago I discovered green turtles bio-fluoresce under uv light. For those uncertain what bio-florescence is, it is when a light is absorbed and emitted as a different colour. Why turtle do it its not know. Scorpions more famously show the same characteristic. 

I went back this weekend with my camera at uv torch at the ready. This one was heading back to the sea so I tried and got these images. This phenomenon was only discovered in 2015 and then only with hawksbill turtle. These photos confirm green turtles too bio-fluoresce. You can see that the sand does not glow in any way (neither do I when I tried to see if I "glow"). Its not know if its the turtle or algae glowing with hawksbills.  Still so much to learn about nature.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Ascension Island Green Mountain

So its been a while since I last posted here and with good reason. Very limited, expensive, slow internet. So I am living and working on Ascension Island, a British overseas territory dead centre of the atlantic ocean. Its about halfway between Gabon in Africa and Brazil in south America and just south of the equator. Its a small island with a population of around 800. My role here is the assistant warden for the 7 nature reserves and the national park. Green Mountain national park is an old volcano and unlike the rest of this island is a green and wet rainforest . The rest of the island is like a desert. The mountain was planted with vegetation, an idea by Charles Darwin and Joseph Hooker of Kew in the 1800's. It was to increase rainfall to supply water to the military based here. Today it is a national park. Due to the internet restrictions I have only added two pictures from the mountain. I will upload more at some point and when I am on leave in the UK will try get a video up. 

White Horse and Weather Post from Green Mountain

North East Bay Nature reserve from Green Mountain