Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Hesperocordulia berthoudi

One of the odo-highlights of the recent Odonatours recce to Western Australia was a morning spent watching Hesperocordulia berthoudi at Fernhook Falls (Mount Frankland NP).

Sunday, December 30, 2018


Lotta and I had a charming ten minutes with the BK northern hawk-owl today. A nice end to a quiet year in BK for me (too much overseas work in spring and autumn to amass my usual 200 species for the year...).

honey possum

This honey possum at Cheyne's Beach (WA) was easily the best mammal of a recent dragonfly tour to SW Australia.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

serendib scops-owl

The birds of Sri Lanka largely surrendered during an Odonata tour there this spring, the easy highlight was this roosting Serendib scops-owl at Kithulgala.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Raphismia bispina - second record for Sulawesi?

Just back from leading the first Greentours Sulawesi and Halmahera tour, not many new dragonflies unsurprisingly as we mainly looked at birds and mammals. The big surprise came at Remang-Remang in South Sulawesi when we bumped into a single Raphismia bispina. I have been looking for this species for a long time so it was great to lay it to rest at last. The additional good news though was that is was perhaps only the second record for the island, the first and last being reported by Ris in 1910!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Paragomphus capitatus

Trying to post species from my photo collection that are not represented on the internet, this is Paragomphus capitatus. Endemic to Sulawesi and snapped on the Sungei Pattanuang during last year's Odonatours tour.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

what katydid?

I joined inaturalist last week and it is a great resource for identifying lesser-known taxa. Doubtless I will be using it a lot in the future (although whether I will ever have time to make a serious contribution is another matter...). Imagine my surprise when the first photo I uploaded turned out to be the third ever record of the stunning katydid Pronomapyga grandis. Bwindi Forest (Uganda).

Monday, October 16, 2017

new BK moths in the garden

The fact that I am not in China this year bagged me a couple of great new moths for BK on the 15th October, with Mythimna l-album (above) and Lithophane semibrunnea (below) being the easy highlights of the month.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Australia odonata trip report link

The superb male Episynlestes cristatus sums up neatly the excitement of odo-chasing in Australia - what a stunner! I have just finished the first Odonatours recce report (link below) and look forward to returning to this fascinating country with another car-load in January 2019. Get in touch to reserve a spot.


Thursday, June 29, 2017

ischnura pruinescens

Fresh female Ischnura pruinescens had the ability to stop us in our tracks during my recent trip to Australia.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

china crisis

The incredible Greentours 'Mammals of the Roof of the World' tour in China's stunning Qinghai province is struggling to fill up this year amazingly. If you fancy accompanying me and Jesper Hornskov to look for Pallas' cat and the suite of other species present at high-altitude in this region check out the Greentours website at


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

the stunning Neurobasis kaupi

Watching displaying males Neurobasis kaupi was one of the highlights of the recent Odonatours trip to Sulawesi and Halmahera. To read the full report go to http://odonatours.com/onewebmedia/Sulawesi%20and%20Halmahera%20report%202017.pdf