Hug me, squeeze me! Amplexus.

Amplexus is a Latin word meaning embrace. The male frog clasps the female in a tight embrace; some literally glue themselves onto their partner. I’m sticking with you babe!   The embrace itself varies: some males grab their partner round the waist; others hold their lady frogs under their armpits; and some – like the passionate poison…

The amazing Purple Sandpiper!

A small flock of Purple Sandpipers overwinter in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, every year. It is very easy to see these beautiful birds roosting just above the water on the artificial concrete sea defences on the East Pier of Scarborough Harbour. They fly off to feed on nearby locations were they feed on a variety of marine…

The slings and arrows of cyber space! (a poem)

Source: The slings and arrows of cyber space! (a poem) The fog of ignorance lies heavy on the land. Swirling mists of prejudice, dense in places, Dissipated here and there by pin pricks of wisdom. Our virtual world alive with chatter, Twittertwatter, Googledegock and Tumbletalk Opinions burst like bubbles in the ether. Connected now across…

Airport frogs

Source: Airport frogs La Coruña airport is really good place to see Perez’s frog (Pelophylax perezi), also known as Iberian water frog, Iberian green frog, or Coruna frog. I’m not joking! There is a series of ponds at the at the northern end of the airport, just by the road leading out of the airport, and close…

Dragons in the park

The Southeast Asian water monitor, a large lizard called Varanus salvator subspecies macromaculatus, occurs throughout southern Asia and Southeast Asia. It can grow very large, apparently up to 3 m in length, although most adults are about 1.5 to 2 m long (1). Big enough! The males are larger than the females and can weigh up to 50 kg.…