I was able to escape the continuing cold weather in the UK with a Naturetrek trip to Trinidad & Tobago. Despite a delay at Gatwick when the snow started falling, the group soon started to enjoyed some typical Caribbean weather and hospitality.
February was a month of extremes with only two days spent back in Yorkshire. The first half of the month was spent leading two Naturetrek Tours in Iceland. They were entitled "Iceland - Killer Whales & Northern Lights" and we were very fortunate on both tours to have some fantastic displays of the aurora plus, out in the fjords, up to 60 Killer Whales or Orcas.
The Orca were feeding on huge shoals of Herring and the water was full of fish scales and partly eaten fish, which attracted many white-winged gulls and other seabirds
The second half of the month was spent travelling the southern deserts of Morocco on another Naturetrek tour entitled: Southern Morocco Here, we were hoping to see some of the specialist birds and animals that make these deserts their home. (Cream-coloured Courser)
The dunes of orange sand near Merzouga, given the name Erg Chebbi, is a fabulous place to be at dawn as the sun rises over Algeria and touristic camel trains appear to enhance the scene.
First day I was able to get out with the sun shining but incredibly low temperatures, First stop was on the bridge over the River Hertford. Beautiful light and scenery but very little in the way of wildlife other than a few Mallard flying around looking for any open water and a Common Snipe looking for soft mud!!!
Next onto Filey Dams, where the main pool was frozen. The bird feeders had attracted a number of new Reed Buntings, including this nice male
A Red Fox spent some time out in the open before joining its mate back in the plantation