David Chandler

A Dragonfly Tour of Extremadura, Spain

  I first visited Extremadura specifically to look for dragonflies in September 2015. You can read about that visit here. I visited again in 2017, in the extreme heat of early August, a time most people would avoid, with the aim of seeing some different species. Extremadura is a large patch of wild Spain, south-west… Read more »

Herzegovina – Plenty of Birds but Very Few Birdwatchers

Blidinje Nature Park ©David Chandler

Herzegovina is not really on the bird watching map. It’s the southern end of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with wonderful limestone landscapes, and lots of birds.

Birding Australia’s Northern Territory

Rainbow Lorikeets, Nitmiluk National Park campsite, David Chandler

The Northern Territory makes up about a sixth of Australia. You could fit Britain into it six times over; yet it has a population of just over 200,000 people. Need we say more?

Violet Dropwing courtesy of David Chandler

Extremadura is a large patch of wild Spain, covering over 16,000 square miles (over 41,000 square kilometres). Its wildlife fame is rooted in its avifauna – which includes plenty of Old World vultures, Iberian Imperial Eagles,Golden, Booted, Bonelli’s and Short-toed Eagles and other birds of prey, including bustards and sandgrouse. Most wildlife tourists come for the birds but there are other winged things to draw them in – butterflies of course, as well as the objects of my particular passion, dragonflies and damselflies.

If you have never been to Extremadura, it’s worth going – for vultures, for bustards, for sandgrouse, for eagles, for Lesser Kestrels, for mountains, for storks, for Azure-winged Magpies, for wide-open spaces, for Purple Swamphens. If you have been before, you know that it would be good to go again.

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In Search of Dragonflies… in Sweden?

Given Sweden’s high latitude, one might expect it to be relatively impoverished of dragonflies. But over 60 dragonfly species have been recorded in this country.

Birding Spain: A Taste of Galicia

Birding from hotel Isla de la Toja © David-Chandler

When I was asked to go on the press trip I didn’t even know where Galicia was! If you’re wondering, it’s the top left corner of Spain, the bit above Portugal. It has mountains, wooded gorges, plains and numerous ‘Rias’, where the Atlantic Ocean fingers its way into more than 1,000 miles of coastline. It was one… Read more »