Tuesday 26 June 2012

Tripping out

I have finally made a “Trips” page. It's up there, on the right. I never really write genuine trip reports, though I do appreciate the efforts of birders who do. Drive 300 yards down the road and park at an obvious blue shed is not really my style, nor do I tend to make a note of who we hired a car from and how much it cost. Details, details, and very dull. Instead I distil what I saw as the best bits into a blog post, accompanied by far more photos than are necessary. Sometimes I write it up day by day, sometimes I do in one hit, it depends on my mood and what else is going on. Despite my reluctance to make a proper job of it, my Birding in New Delhi post remains – by a factor of ten – my most clicked-on blog post ever. I’m sure there’s a lesson there somewhere, but I am steadfastly refusing to learn it.

I saw this funny bird.....
Anyhow, this “Trips” page is essentially a collection of links to those individual blog posts, but with the chronology sorted out. My life is so unbearably exciting that trip chronology very often suffers, for instance when I decide that people absolutely must know about my latest exotically-coloured scrubbing brush before I tell them about the next day of birding in wherever. And sometimes I get so carried away with the here and now that I forget to finish a trip altogether, and just leave it hanging. So disorganised. This fixes that, although there are obviously times it doesn’t work, when for whatever reason I decided to report my travels by species, for instance a post entirely devoted to Puffins.

Maybe one day I’ll write some proper trip reports. I’m sure I did one for a flying visit to Ohio a few years ago, but I can’t find it any more [EDIT - yes I can]. I also wrote up something about the birding I managed on a wedding in Argentina and a funeral in Australia, and will attempt to put links up to them as well, so if you’re interested in either of those two places, or indeed in weddings and funerals, by all means visit again in a few days. And yes, this post is a total filler, I’ve seen nothing since the weekend.

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