Author Archive for: Stephen Moss

A jack snipe plays hide and seek in the Somerset reedbeds

Some birds perform right in front of you, as if they are auditioning for the X-Factor. Others give themselves up grudgingly, momentarily, and all too fleetingly. The jack snipe is just such a bird: an avian Greta Garbo, legendarily elusive. The epithet…

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In like a lion, out like a lamb

March can be a fickle month: it proverbially “comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb”. March winds often feature strongly, as do late winter cold spells, and these are often accompanied by heavy falls of snow.But just once in a while the god…

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Skylarks take to the air with an early seasonal warble

It’s been a strange winter – or, perhaps I should say, a strange pseudo-spring. In the lanes around my Somerset home, snowdrops have been in full bloom since the middle of January, while a chorus of birds continues to sing in my garden.One Sunday m…

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A welcome migrant who prefers Somerset to south-east Asia

The warbling of robins and the trilling of wrens, a singing song thrush, the high-pitched roundel of a goldcrest, and a chiffchaff calling out its name, could only mean one thing: spring had finally come to this little corner of the West Country.Yet de…

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What you see in this picture says more about you than the kangaroo | Stephen Moss

Whatever the animal was demonstrating – empathy, sexual exploitation or something else – one certainty is the human impulse to anthropomorphiseIt was a photograph that touched the world. An intimate portrait of a dying mother kangaroo being gently …

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Winter is a season of life or death for Britain’s birds

For Britain’s birds, the weather in January is absolutely crucial. Cold, hard winters mean death; mild ones greatly increase their chances of survival. To see the difference in fortunes, we only need to compare two winters just over a quarter of a ce…

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The best nature books of 2015

Follow Stephen Moss into the fascinating world of undiscovered owls, alien plants, jewel-like butterflies and bizarre marsupialsBest of culture in 2015: see this year’s cultural highlights, chosen by the Guardian’s writers and criticsAfter the well…

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Watching polar bears devour a whale made me think they could survive the Arctic melt

Filming in the Alaska’s Kaktovik for new Channel 4 series Polar Bear Feast dispelled every myth I held about these great predators – these opportunistic animals may yet find a way to adapt to a warming worldThe massive male polar bear begins to feed….

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Michael Rosenberg obituary

Wildlife film-maker whose series such as Fragile Earth educated audiences about conservationThroughout the golden age of wildlife film-making, during the last quarter of the 20th century, a handful of visionary pioneers created the memorable TV nature …

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An elusive little sprite

It’s hard to imagine a bird that weighs less than a two pence coin travelling all the way from Siberia to end up near my home in Somerset. But that’s exactly what the tiny creature making its way through the dense foliage of ivy and sycamores in fr…

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