Birding with Kids and Masks Nansha Wetland Park

22 March 2020 We took the kids to Nansha Wetland Park on Sunday 22 March. We needed to take advantage of the great spring weather, and get out of Clifford and the hustle and bustle of Panyu for a change. It was perfect after many weeks spent in Panyu. Located approximately an hour’s DiDi rideContinue reading “Birding with Kids and Masks Nansha Wetland Park”

Beijing and the Great Wall Part 3

22-24 December 2019 Back to Beijing with the Kids! Returning to Beijing two weeks later with the family was pretty special. We followed almost exactly the same itinerary as I had done two weeks earlier (except of course we skipped the work exhibition!). Two nights. Great Wall one day, Forbidden Palace & Tiananmen Square theContinue reading “Beijing and the Great Wall Part 3”

Beijing and the Great Wall Part 2

Thursday – 12 December 2019 Flag Raising Ceremony, Tiananmen Square & the Forbidden Palace Museum Fast forward a couple of days, and I had to honor my pledge and wake up at 3:30am to be at Tiananmen Square for the flag raising ceremony. I honored it. It was well worth it. Together with the GreatContinue reading “Beijing and the Great Wall Part 2”

Beijing and the Great Wall Part 1

Monday – 9 December 2019 The Great Wall is Great Indeed! I had been wanting to visit the Great Wall and Tiananmen Square* since arriving in China, so I was fortunate to have the opportunity to go to Beijing for an exhibition in early December 2019.  Having spent two-and-a-half years in Guangzhou, all the wayContinue reading “Beijing and the Great Wall Part 1”

The Birding Trip that Never Was

Except for the odd hike in the local park (Dafushan) and some very casual birding around the estate gardens, I can’t say I have done any real birding since arriving in China.  The Chinese New Year holiday presented me with the perfect opportunity to get out of Guangzhou, and head to one of China’s premiumContinue reading “The Birding Trip that Never Was”

GZ vs. Jozi Birds!

Friday 6 March 2020, I have not spent nearly as much time birding our adopted home of Guangzhou (GZ for short) as I would like. Do I need to say it?…. So many birds, so little time! I have heard that there are some really good spots in Guangdong Province: I have only recently learntContinue reading “GZ vs. Jozi Birds!”

Birding on the Day the World Ends!

Experienced 12 December 2012 This was a lone birding excursion to Tswaing Meteorite Impact Crater, north west of Tshwane, South Africa. I can’t really remember why I chose this particular site, on this particular day, but I was off work, I had the time, and was just getting into birding seriously at the time. ItContinue reading “Birding on the Day the World Ends!”

In the Great Alexander’s footsteps – notes from Shekvetilli, Georgia

March 2018, Just finished a conference in Georgia..the country, not the US state. Goodbye Shekvetilli, Georgia: it was work, but it was interesting. Middle Asia and the Black Sea, Land of Jason and the Argonauts (apparently) and a mix of the Greeks/Turks/Georgians/Armenians and others. There is a very distinct but difficult Georgian language! It feelsContinue reading “In the Great Alexander’s footsteps – notes from Shekvetilli, Georgia”