I’m feeling pretty shitty about how long it’s been since I’ve posted in here, and I’ve let it get to the point where I feel I need to write something amazing as a comeback so I can pretend that I’ve been working on that the whole time… but, obviously, that’s total crap. So, here’s a few things that I’ve been doing, and hopefully I can expand on some of them at a later date:

I got a new pet.
His name is Professor Furious, and he is a gargoyle gecko (Rhacodactylus auriculatus). He’s growing at a good rate, and soon will be big enough for his proper tank (and also to check whether he is actually a he or not).

Professor Furious takes a walk up my sleeve

I went on holiday.
We went over to Skye for a week, and Mull for a week. I’m really excited about seeing more of Scotland now that I’m back here, and this was an incredible trip. We saw so many animals, and – thanks to a day with the International Otter Survival Fund – learned a lot about otters (my favourite mammal) and how to spot them. I’ll have to write more about this later, but here’s a brief taster:

An otter mother and cub hanging out on a loch in Skye

I am writing a review paper.
It is going terribly.

I have started a new experiment.
I’m going to have more crickets than last year’s experiment. Thankfully, I have two undergraduate project students working over the summer, so things might not be so bad. Just now, I’m actually struggling to find things for them to do, but I’m sure that won’t last long! I’m getting them to write mini literature reviews, just because I can.

Yeah, I’m a dick.

I went on holiday again.
My good friend Craig is an artist based in Barcelona (check out his work here), and I purchased floor space in his apartment for the princely sum of a ticket to Primavera. It was amazing – Scotland can keep T in the Park; staying up until sunrise while having a few beers and being entertained in a warm seaside locale by acts such as Suuns, Swans, Grinderman etc is something I’m happy to travel for. Plus, nobody got stabbed.

There was some panic as my flights were cancelled due to another volcanic ash cloud, but I managed to get out there ok, and even had an extra day to hang out. I used this wisely, and got some unexpected birding in – heading past the tourists in Parc Guell, and catching a glimpse of two birds I’d been hoping to see, the crested tit and the hoopoe.

Hoopoe displaying

I went to the Isle of May.

Seabirds. Seabirds everywhere.

Some razorbills share a joke

I bought a macro lens attachment for my camera.
Turns out magnifying stuff is awesome.

Tiny beetle on a flower

So, I have been keeping busy, with lots more to come, and therefore I should have no problems getting my blog back on track. Expect another one of these in a couple of months then…


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