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A new era dawns

A new era dawns. Today marked my first visit to Goldcliff Lagoons since the sad death of  Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday. She was a great and very respected monarch throughout the world.  Her passing marked the end of the modern Elizabethan era and the dawn of a new one. King Charles III has now ascended to the throne - "God save the King". The new era will be called the Carolean age under King Charles III. I thought his first speech was very touching and I believe he will be a great King like his mother. We also now have a new Prince of Wales with Prince William taking on his father's previous titles.  Every time I now take picture of the second Severn crossing - namely the Prince of Wales bridge there will be a different face that now pops up in my head. The Prince of Wales Bridge I've had a very stressful and busy week myself and I was in real need of some bird therapy today for a few hours to take my mind off things. A visit to Goldcliff Lagoons alway

A book from a friend - Birds of Mallorca

I have had at last received my copy of Birds of Mallorca. It felt quite special as I was handed it personally by its author my friend Neville Davies and he had taken the time to put a personal message in it as well.

I must admit I have never been to Mallorca but after having read this wonderful book I really would like to visit this amazing island. The book is very comprehensive and it has obviously been a labor of love. Nevs's knowledge of the island's wildlife and natural hotspots is encyclopedic and I really don't know how anyone could consider a birding trip to Mallorca without it.

The book has detailed descriptions of where to find the birds and the best locations to almost guarantee you are going to get several "lifers".

It has some detailed maps of the reserves with the informative route and species guides.

When I first met Nev I thought of him as just a birder with a scope. After getting to know him he has an incredible depth of knowledge of all kinds of wildlife and not just restricted to birds. I would like to say my love of photography has rubbed off on him but on looking at his book he appears to be already an accomplished photographer before I met him. The book is illustrated with many excellent photographs. I particularly love the cover photograph of the Hoopoe. A species of bird I am yet to see. Perhaps one day Nev will show me around Mallorca and we can visit some of the places he has lavishly described in this great book.

I whole heartily recommend this book, anyone, considering a visit to Mallorca for birdwatching or just visiting the wonderful sights.

The author of Birds of Mallorca  Neville Davies at Goldcliff Lagoons.



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