Author: JC

Spain, Spring 2017

Travelling by slow boat (30 hours) between Portsmouth and Bilbao, this was a 6-week visit to our base in Spain at Jalón/Xaló. This being my first early season odonata hunt in Spain, I was looking forward to something fresh. I

Posted in 2017, Spain, Trip reports

Namibia, Feb 2017

In February 2017 we joined an Explore! safari around northern Namibia, their Namibian Lodge Safari. It was a mixture of culture and wildlife but wildlife in the form of big game. I had no control over the itinerary, which was

Posted in 2017, Namibia, Trip reports

Spain, Sep 2016

At the last minute, we arranged to spend the first two seeks of September, 2016, in Spain, primarily so we could take the opportunity of a rendez-vous with a couple of long-lost Dutch friends. Naturally, I was happy for the

Posted in 2016, Spain, Trip reports

Slovenia-Croatia, Jun 2016

From 25th June, on the morning following our disastrous referendum [nailing colours firmly to the mast], to 2nd July, we joined a group of friends on a mixed wildlife tour organized by Ecotours visiting Slovenia and neighbouring Croatia, I was

Posted in 2016, Croatia, Slovenia, Trip reports

Spain, Xmas 2015

This was definitely not intended as an Odo hunting trip. This was a planned escape from the desperately depressing, unadulterated commercialism of a British Christmas. I went, however, suspecting that I might find a late darter or two basking in

Posted in 2015, 2016, Spain, Trip reports

Spain, Oct 2015

Our September trip to Spain was cut short but we returned for one week in late October, mainly for the inaugural meeting of our development’s residents committee. Oh joy! I did not go equipped with a decent Odo camera and

Posted in 2015, Spain, Trip reports

Spain, Sep 2015

An autumn trip to Spain that was supposed to last five weeks was curtailed by family issues requiring an early return home. However, I did manage a couple of weeks and with some decent weather. Unusually for me, I had

Posted in 2015, Spain, Trip reports

Norfolk, July 2015

Having recently returned from France with a 2-week side trip to Spain, My boss today headed back to Spain along with her mum. Sister was supposed to go, too, but that’s another story. I did the airport run dropping my

Posted in 2015, Trip reports, UK

La Tourbière des Dauges, July 2015

I learned of La Tourbière des Dauges a few years ago from an internet acquaintance also keen on Odos, one Nick Ransdale of Moulismes Nature. A few years ago we visited another tourbières [peat digging], Les Tourbières de Vendoire, and

Posted in 2015, France, Trip reports

Fanjeaux Area, Jun 2014

A.k.a. France 2014, Part 3. Inevitably, like addicts, we were bound once again for our favourite campsite on a dairy sheep farm, Les Brugues, at Fanjeaux. Actually, suffering from Tramontane tiredness, we were quite keen to leave French Catalonia and

Posted in 2014, France, Trip reports
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