Southern Grey Shrike, Tenerife

The shrike I saw at El Fraile in the Canary Islands was not great grey

Italian Sparrow, Venice

Ten years ago in the southern Venetian Lagoon my 790th world species was Italian sparrow

Morcombe & Linnaeus

At the Botanic Gardens in Perth, Michael Morcombe’s Australian field guide came into my life

IOC Turns to IOU

The IOC has done the ultimate by renaming itself to the International Ornithological Union.

Tree of Life

For three and a half billion years species popped up like crazy, like a tree sprouting branches, and twigs and leaves.