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National Orchid Garden *Free Admission!*

I have always thought that the National Orchid Garden is simply a small scale garden showcasing its collection of Orchids and probably not worth the price of a ticket to go in.When I learned that Singaporeans enjoy free entry from November 2016 till...
by The Dead Cockroach on Dec 5, 2016

Singapore Botanic Gardens - UNESCO World Heritage Site!

I had wanted to visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens (SBG) when it was first inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site a year ago but the usual let-the-crowd-die-down-first procrastination got the better of me.Since the folks were out of town and I di...
by The Dead Cockroach on Aug 31, 2016

Kidzania - A City of Adventures for Kids in Noida

Our Mumbai friends often raved how their kids loved KidZania which opened its first park in India way back in 2013. Now Noida kids too can enjoy the world of KidZania, a global edutainment theme park that opened here on May 26.  KidZania Delhi NC...
by Noida Diary on May 31, 2016

Noida - An Entertainment Destination City of India

Noida although developed as an industrial city has over the years transformed into a residential hub. It has received ABP News award in 2015 for the best city in housing category and also the best city in Uttar Pradesh. Undoubtedly, Noida has become...
by Noida Diary on May 14, 2016

Christ Church in Noida

Christ Church is a principal church in the heart of Noida nestled amidst the hustle bustle of the residential apartments, local market of Noida - Ganga Shopping Complex and adjacent to Bhardwaj Hospital. It is one of the main churches in Noida that c...
by Noida Diary on Mar 18, 2016

Happy Streets - Noida's Own Ciclovia

Happy Streets is the rechristened avatar of Raahgiri. The event is back and how? Every Sunday morning in Noida starting March 20 the streets will be closed to traffic while people of Noida will come out to walk, bike, run, skateboard and have fun. T...
by Noida Diary on Mar 16, 2016

Cairngorms road trip, Ospreys fishing, Spoonbills and a surprise herd of Reindeer!

Just got back from a jaunt up to the Cairngorms with my good mate Rob. The weather was less than perfect but it was a great road trip. I did all the driving, Rob all the cooking ... I like driving and he's chef, so it was a good deal!&...
by Timbobaggins Abroad on Aug 7, 2015

Early Summer snippets from North Yorkshire - Pied Flycatchers & Redstarts at Strid, Chimney Moths & Mandarin at Jefrey Bog plus lots of flowers!

Pied Flycatcher (male) pic courtesy of D.CooksonOut with the lads at Strid Woods (nr Bolton Abbey) recently I was thrilled to see up to 15 or so Pied Flycatchers. One of my favourite 'small birds', they bring back happy memories of my first fora...
by Timbobaggins Abroad on Jun 19, 2015

Chilling out on Hatfield Moor, a possible new breeder, dashing Hobbies and singing Tree Pipits.

Some more good news for Hatfield Moor / Humberhead Peatlands, a couple of Marsh Harriers look like they're going to breed there this year. Its likely that this is overspill from nearby Potteric Carr where there are at least 3 pairs or even...
by Timbobaggins Abroad on Jun 2, 2015

A good wood found, wild flowers in profusion at last, Snipe a drumming, a wet Moors day and a successful Heron watch event

 Its been a tricky old merry month of May for me. Just like the UK spring this year - stumbling and stuttering into some kind of recognisable swing, I've struggled a bit to get into the rhythms of the season. Some kind of 'hangover' ef...
by Timbobaggins Abroad on May 18, 2015

Return leg - Plains of La Serena, Monfrague, Villafafila. Imperial Eagle mobbing Great Bustards, Montagues Harrier & Sandgrouse.

17th - 21st March La Serena, Monfrague & VillafafilaOn the return journey back up through Western Spain now and have to say at the outset that it's good to have a travelling companion in the shape of Mark along for the last few legs. Maybe someth...
by Timbobaggins Abroad on Apr 7, 2015

Into Portugal, Tavira and back into Spain for the 'Bonanza' experience... displaying Booted Eagles, Spoonbills and Kites plus new migrants

My last 2 or 3 weeks here and the journey back north through Spain starts with a journey into Portugal to pick up my buddy Mark from Faro airport. Slightly dodgy start with a police fine of 30 euros for parking where I shouldn't have at the airport b...
by Timbobaggins Abroad on Mar 18, 2015

El Rocio and getting out and about in the wolds of Donana

6th - 10th March 2015, Around El Rocio & DonanaEl RocioAfter gales of Tarifa it was a a bit of a shock to the system to get up and walk around the sandy streets of El Rocio in hot, calm sunshine that was approaching 30c during the middle of th...
by Timbobaggins Abroad on Mar 14, 2015

El Rocio and getting out and about in the wilds of Donana

6th - 10th March 2015, Around El Rocio & DonanaEl RocioAfter gales of Tarifa it was a a bit of a shock to the system to get up and walk around the sandy streets of El Rocio in hot, calm sunshine that was approaching 30c during the middle of th...
by Timbobaggins Abroad on Mar 14, 2015

The big salty lake at Fuente de Piedre - Cranes, Sandpipers & Flamingoes then some Raptor migration in the raw at Tarifa

Without taking a ferry across to Morocco (been seriously toying with the idea), I've gone as far south as I planned to do and now kicking my heels in the Kite surfing capital of Europe .. Tarifa.Kites at Tarifa, feb 2015Barn Swallow, Fue...
by Timbobaggins Abroad on Feb 28, 2015

A brief excursion into the Steppes of Petrola, Great Bustards, Teminck's Stint and lots of wind and rain!

Petrola Steppes locationDuring my time around El Fondo I was pointed in the direction of some good old Spanish steppe land by Graham Critchell - the Petrola Steppes, some way North and West of Alicante and a stunning example of this type of...
by Timbobaggins Abroad on Feb 18, 2015

El Fondo memories and a new haunt at El Pinet, a place to rest up in the company of Eagles, Waders, Shrikes, Gulls & friendly birders

14 - Pego / Marjal: 15 - El Fondo: 16 - El Pinet: 17 - Segura River: 18- Santa Pola saltpans For the past week or so, me and my van have been camped out at El Pinet, few kilometres away from the notable, if restricted from an access po...
by Timbobaggins Abroad on Feb 15, 2015

Back to the mountains and blown away all the way back! Morella, Ares del Maestre, Cabanes & Alberfura.

Seems a bit strange to say but I got a little tired of tramping around rice fields full of birds at Ebro. I don't know if it was the lack of relief, the shooting or just the sameness of it all, or a combination of all 3 plus a dash of 'itchy fee...
by Timbobaggins Abroad on Feb 7, 2015

Negociating the fog and the wind, Swallows in the freezing cold, Marsh Harriers by the dozen then Griffons in the sunny high tops

Marsh Harrier in the fog, ValverdOne of the problems with travelling in Spain in the Winter months, as I found to my cost during my last visit in Nov/ Dec 2013, is FOG! Usually of the freezing variety it hangs around in great swathes and typically a...
by Timbobaggins Abroad on Jan 24, 2015

Lazy days in San Pere Pescadore, Kingfishers, Shearwaters then a 3 point turn enforces the help of Catalan mechanics

I've moved on of course and now around the plains of Lleida. Its been decidedly foggy for the past 4 days so pics have been thin on the ground but I've had my moments and will include in the next post. So here's the second part of...
by Timbobaggins Abroad on Jan 15, 2015
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