You can waste a lot of time looking for a specific bird While some bird-watchers have a bird-watching bucket list, I don't, as the most memorable and enjoyable days out can't be predicted. I'll never forget one day in New York in early May, standing at the top of the Empire State Building. I spotted what at first looked like moths, but became a flock of migrating birds, travelling past me, at the same height as I was.
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Friday 21 August 2009
Friday 26 June 2009
Exceptional in both research and thundering narrative, this revealing book tells the story of the four key players on the Allied side in the Second World War.
Saturday 20 June 2009
Friday 12 June 2009
Your obituary of the ornithologist Eric Simms (8 June) could have mentioned his cameo role in John Betjeman's highly-regarded Metroland, made by the BBC in 1972 about the north-western suburbs of London adjacent to the Metropolitan Line, writes Alan Bunting.
Saturday 06 June 2009
Friday 05 June 2009
Part of the ICA's New British Cinema season, The Hide is a modestly scaled but cleverly written chamber piece, and a refuge from the blare of Terminator Salvation.
Friday 15 May 2009
Sometimes sheer longevity gives you a right to pass judgements. In the course of reporting on the environment for The Independent, I have observed every single Labour environment minister since the party came into office in 1997, and I have no doubt at all that the one who has done the most to protect the natural world is Elliot Morley.
Sunday 01 February 2009
Birdwatchers rejoice – the familiar markings are all here: pizzicato violins, whistling, linguistic gymnastics.
Friday 30 January 2009
A gentle and affectionate history of the author's pursuit of birds, both feathered and not, this life story through ornithology will appeal to fans of McGrath's blokeish but self-deprecatory humour.
Friday 05 December 2008
It's the rarest bird of the Old World, so rare, in fact, that it hasn't even been glimpsed for nearly a decade. It may even be extinct. But conservationists think the slender-billed curlew may still be hanging on, and yesterday a global quest was launched to find it.
Thursday 24 July 2008
Exclusive: Young people ‘want UK to stay in Europe’: Four in 10 adults aged 18 to 24 are ‘firmly in favour’ of membership, poll shows
Tom Daley ‘is gay because his father died’ says UK evangelist
Iain Duncan Smith leaves Commons food banks debate early
Kiss and yell: Italian protester charged with sexual assault after kissing riot police officer
PM denies two child limit for benefits is part of Tory welfare policy
Anachronistic and iniquitous, grammar schools are a blot on the British education system
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- 2 French pub fined €9,000 after customers returned empties to bar - because it's 'undeclared labour'
- 3 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 4 #Teamnigella: It’s the only side to be on
- 5 Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber is 'retiring from music'