About Graham Clarkson

Born & brought up in Marshside, I started birding there in the mid 1970s & made my first birding trip to Martin Mere in 1977. I've lived, worked & birdied in Abu Dhabi, Northern Ireland & Gloucestershire & I've spent time working in Kazakhstan & Madagascar. I enjoy birding my various West Lancashire patches, making frequent birding visits throughout the north-west of England and North Wales. I stray elsewhere in the UK & enjoy birding abroad from time to time. I'm particularly interested in wildfowl (especially pink-footed geese) with an interest in waders & raptors, bird counts & surveys & conservation. I'm trying to get the hang of photography & digiscoping - I'll get there eventually.

My degree from Edge Hill University is in conservation biology. I've guided on numerous birding days out & trips & guided birding holidays to Lesvos, Andalucia, Extremedura, Majorca, Camargue, Hungary, Finland & Florida. I enjoy showing people birds & habitats & helping them learn more about birds & enjoy birding. I'm currently involved with the Birdwatching and Beyond course at Edge Hill and a brand new venture; Skein Birding.

As well as birding I'm interested in captive breeding & reintroduction projects & zoos, how they're managed & how they contribute to conservation. I'm a proud Lancastrian & love the Lancashire countryside & landscapes. I'm an Evertonian & also keep up with what's happening at Southport, PNE & Bristol Rovers. Gardening, dogs (I have a Labrador & a Tibetan Terrier) and keeping chickens (especially Marsh Daisys & Scots Dumpy Bantams). Ruth & I have two marvellous boys who both love nature too. I hope you find the blog and subjects covered interesting; please feel free to leave a comment.

Friday, 3 January 2014

Edinburgh Carnivores

Some of the most spectacular inhabitants are carnivores, a group of animals I have particular admiration for. As with many zoos it's difficult to get good pictures due to fencing, chanlink or glass barriers. Anyway, here's a few - 

Jaguar. The neotropical 'Tigre' 

Amur Leopard. One of the planets most critically felines (taken through glass....)

Another of a Amur Leopard

How'd you tell the two Lions apart? 

King of the Gir Forest, a male Asiatic Lion

Short-clawed Otter

Sun Bear

Sun Bear working hard to extract treats from a kong

Easy to forget the Meerkat is a member of the Order Carnivora. 

Scotland's wild feline - the world's most endangered? A shame if they're shortly only in zoos. 

The African Hunting or Painted Dog, always a treat to see. Another species suffering in the wild for a whole host of reasons; hunting, canine distemper, habitat destruction etc

I'll post some primate and miscellaneous pics too....

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