Category: Dave McGrath Wildlife Safaris

Sunsets and a starling or two

The Safari has had a couple of visits to the North Pier Starling roost to see if there was any murmuraing happening.The first evening we were treated to a spectacular sunset and as the Starlings flew in we did our best to estimate the flock size and ke…

Twitching up north – Again!

The Safari was picked up by CR on dreary wet November morning last Tuesday and off we set north-bound on a twitch for a Yankee duck that had been resident on Pine Lake for a week or so. A convenient early port of call on the way to Leighton Moss. The d…

We’ve never put our coat on so fast

The Safari was in the middle of the washing-up this morning when the phone rang. We couldn’t answer it but a few minutes later listened to a voicemail from LGB telling us a Risso’s Dolphin was heading slowly north past him down at Starr Gate and could …

South then twice north and a cracker in between

The Safari spotted a very late Swallow hawking along the cliffs at Chat Alley the other day. We saw a small number during our safari to Spurn at the end of October but we don’t see many into November, our latest one ever was a day later than this one, …

An East coast safari

The Safari was joined by LCV at Base Camp because it’s that time of year when we make our annual pilgrimage to the far side of the country. We set off in the wee small hours with the intention of arriving at Spurn at first light and meeting up with the…

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Working backwards

The Safari once again has to apologise for not keeping you up to date with our goings-on of which there’s been plenty this last three weeks or so since we last out pen to keyboard.We’ll start with our most recent adventure, a run out an hour down the m…

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Back to local safaris

The Safari can’t believe what’s happening -two posts in almost as manny days…what’s going on???We had a quick afternoon out with CR, more of a dog walk really, without our camera up at Rossall. There’d been a couple of good pics of a returning Purple…

Where the vultures circle

The Safari has been out n about over the last six weeks or more – Honest!!!Late summer brought a minor flurry to our Photo Year List Challenge with a surprise early birthday present in the form of a Garganey on the somewhat incongruous site of Stanley …

Another safari to south Lakeland and a Sandwich or two

The Safari has been out n about since our last post mostly trying to dodge the weather. We’ve done a couple of beachcombing and rockpooling events with family groups and of course spent hours staring at an empty sea for National Whale and Dolphin Watch…

We’ll glossy over that one!

The Safari met up with JG at the private reserve in south Cumbria last week and had a great day which started somewhat umpromisingly with some heavy drizzle. We set off along the trail passing the ‘Adder’ wall’ but no Adders today , the rain keeping th…