A big change... // Un gran cambio...

!!!Espanoles y hispanohablantes, seguir leyendo!!!

So, I am now a Zoology graduate (I got a 2:1 in case anyone was wondering!) with way too much time on my hands which means I can FINALLY give the Pink Cuckoos empire (In other words, this blog and my YouTube channel) the time it really deserves.

First up. I am a person who is obsessed with design and how things look (not in a bad kind of way) and so my first thoughts when thinking about making my blog better, were how to make it more attractive and customizable. That led me to contemplate whether blogger really allows me to do exactly what I want to my blog, and so, as many other bloggers before me have done, I considered the move to Wordpress. I knew there were certain things I could definitly do in Wordpress and not on Blogger, but despite this, I found that the lack of customizable colour schemes without upgrading to premium to be a major flaw as well as a very difficult to use interface. So here I am, still on blogger. Moving on... I finally managed to add a few nice design details which I'd wanted to for a while, so I hope you enjoy those.

A bigger change which will be happening, is that I am making this blog bilingual, with every post having a parallel translation into Spanish! For me it seems like the next logical step. I spend around a third or more of my year in la Mancha, and have many friends there, many keen on natural history. Having everything in the same place, instead of English posts here and Spanish posts on my (defunct) other blog makes a lot of sense for me and is going to make things much easier for me when it comes to translating and circulating my blog.

So there you go! Soon... a new post! In the meantime, don't forget to visit my YouTube channel! You can find my latest video below.


Spain I: Twilight Toads and Lepidoptera Everywhere

One of my favourite things to do over here in Spain, is go for night time nature walks. A time of 'day' which would otherwise be spent staring at screens until the wee hours is much better utilised popping a headlamp on, getting togged up (or in my case, underestimating how cold it can get at night over here), and getting out to see what lurks around when I'm usually sprawled out in bed. And so, last week, we did exactly that. A few days later, and we also decided to take a trip to see the sierra in it's full daylight glory, and a quick walk before lunch provided us with a enough butterflies to last a  lifetime amongst other stuff. Here's the snaps:


Azure skies

Trips to the Sierra whether it be Relumbrar, Segura, or Alcaraz are always a treat for me and one of the things I most look forward to when I'm visiting this part of the world. Today it was the turn of the Sierra del Relumbrar to be graced by our presence, so at 8am, lacking in energy, we hopped into Rafa's car to set off on our little adventure. 


¡Hola 2015!

Hey everybody.

I'm  not one for giving a mahoosively in depth explanation of my absence because I'm sure you've all got busy lives to be on with (also there isn't an explanation), but here I am, back again.

My 2015 has started off in an always sunny, but not so warm corner of La Mancha... where else?! Despite the weather basically being the same as back home on our Island, with the new year arrived a miniscule amount of warmth and the opportunity for a brand new year list. A chilled out walk up to the castle and around the village provided some lovely starters for the year, including Black Redstart, Chiffchaff, and a second (but even poorer) view of Dartford Warbler, bustling among the Opuntia plastered rocks as we made our way down the village. Oh, and of course, the usual suspects House Sparrow, Starling, and Kestrel. Not bad for a morning!

Apart from a short expedition into the forest for a session of planting Holm and Kermes Oak acorns and plantlings with ARBA, where heard-only Treecreeper, Sandgrouse, and Woodlark didn't quite make the new list, our only other nature 'excursion' during the last week has been to and from the village. Fences and fences of Goldfinches and Linnets, one Kestrel, and a large unidentified raptor was yesterday's selection, but I live in hope that plenty more trips around those parts will provide me at long last with my bogey bird; Little Bustard.


Wildlife Watching in Driffield, Spring 2014 | Video

Long time no post!

At long last I am here with another post for Pink Cuckoos, but a bit of a different one. In the past few months I have been trying my hand at making nature videos. They are basically wildlife showreels, and I have just uploaded my third and latest, which can be viewed below. So far the videos have been focused around the flora and fauna of local sites within East Yorkshire, but I'm hoping to expand into a bit of vlogging when I fly out to Spain in a couple of weeks time for the summer, in order to give an insight into the exciting species on offer on the Iberian peninsula.


My Recommendations | Brilliant Botany

The other day whilst surfing the web looking for botany blogs, I found a total internet gem.
     Brilliant Botany is a site full of all sorts of awesome bits and pieces and nuggets of info - stuff from gifs of pine cones opening to stunning close ups of leaves and their cells, and amazing facts such as that NASA are planning to grow plants on the MOON! (Sorry if I'm a bit slow with that news).
     If that wasn´t good enough, there is also a YouTube channel which is equally ace (especially if you´re too lazy to read a blog) - I highly recommend checking both out!

BLOG: brilliantbotany.com



Bird Drawing of the Day: Woodpigeon

    Some of you might remember the series of posts that I used to call 'Biro Bird of the Day', where I showed my biro drawings of birds (duh). Encouraged by some of my friends, I've decided to start over this section renaming it 'Bird Drawing of the Day', as I feel encouraged to use new techniques such as watercolours. For my first drawing I chose one of the commonest birds of our part of the world, the Woodpigeon.