Swamp People

A lot of people laugh at me when I tell them my favorite TV program is Swamp People. But I make no apologies for admiring the skills of people catching Alligators by hand even though I can hardly understand their English. The fact is these guys love and respect the wilderness they were brought up…

Safari Dust: Get Off My Hippo

The previous blog was a first chapter in a photo story of Grey herons surfing the backs of Hippos to catch fish. This second chapter illustrates the competition for prime hippo landing rights. Hippo surfing is obviously an easier way of catching a meal than conventional heron fishing techniques which often requires the bird remain…

Safari Dust; “Bull Fight”

There is nothing more powerful than watching two Hippo Bull’s fight for territory. These animals are huge and when they go at each other their clashing heads and teeth is brutal and bloody. Whilst sometimes deadly the clashes usually end when the victor sends the vanquished off to another section of water. During the dry…

Big Bully Brother

  Over the past two weeks the Malaysian air has been filled with the bleating chirps of juvenile birds and the harried activity of the adult birds finding enough food to shut them up.  The activity in our Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur garden has been even more frenetic than normal as the resident pair of Magpie Robins…

A Night Heron Day

  It’s a long time since we were last at Kuala Selangor, so this week we decided to head there and see what we could get. Unfortunately no sooner had we entered the park than the early morning sun was blotted out by some menacing black clouds and it started to rain. Fortunately we managed…