Author Archives: Bo Beolens

GOB 154 – Bold Birds

This article first appeared in the April 2022 edition of Birdwatching Magazine I keep a year list… I could say it’s citizen science, comparing each year to see how the planet is doing, and how the birds are faring in … Continue reading

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GOB 153 – Five To Midnight

This article first appeared in the March 2022 edition of Birdwatching Magazine I’ve not eaten meat for around thirty-five years. My decision was not sentimental, although animals should be treated well even when they are walking meals. I knew it … Continue reading

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GOB 152 – Ecological Police

The Ecological Police are a unit of the National Panama Police. They are in charge of ensuring the safety of all of Panama´s protected areas. Every day, they walk hundreds of miles patrolling during day and night, in order to … Continue reading

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GOB 151 – Tidelines & Guidelines

This article first appeared in the January 2022 edition of Birdwatching Magazine Driving back from a pleasant morning’s Autumnal birding I pulled tight over to the roadside hearing a siren and seeing flashing blue lights approaching. Traffic parted like the … Continue reading

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GOB 150 – Dippity Doo Dah

This article first appeared in the December 2021 edition of Birdwatching Magazine I’m not a twitcher but… it would have been churlish not to go take a look at the Desert Wheatear when it pitched up a mile from home. … Continue reading

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GOB 149 – Wild As Anything

This article first appeared in the November 2021 edition of Birdwatching Magazine A couple of decades ago I was involved with a project which provided camps on a ‘farm attraction’ for inner city kids. It wasn’t in the least surprising … Continue reading

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GOB 147 – Poo Ponds

This article first appeared in the September 2021 edition of Birdwatching Magazine Over the years I’ve seen some excellent birds at the least salubrious of places. Back in my twitching days my ‘lifer’ spotted crake was in a dirty puddle … Continue reading

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GOB 148 – Rivers of Bad

This article first appeared in the October 2021 edition of Birdwatching Magazine When I was a lad Dad used to take me fishing… on one memorable summer day he fancied pike fishing on a backwater on Kent’s River Rother. This … Continue reading

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GOB 146 – Rites of Spring

This article first appeared in the August 2021 edition of Birdwatching Magazine You might be planning your next overseas birding jaunt, but Hawkeye is not ready to brave the dangers of a post-covid world. Perhaps in Autumn I can tempt … Continue reading

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GOB 145 – Whitewash, Greenwash & Eyewash

This article first appeared in the July 2021 edition of Birdwatching Magazine The epidemic taught us that the wild world does best when we shut ourselves in and hardly travel. We also learnt that while nature is best left to … Continue reading

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