The nocturnal shifts begin

It’s almost midnight, and I’ve ventured out of our bothy-style islet home into the black of night. It’s now new moon, which some hours before descended behind the now familiar hills of Graciosa to the west. The night sky is a spectacular canvas peppered with thousands of bright stars - the Milky Way stretching north-west [...]

Praia Islet diaries: week three

It’s now been three weeks since I arrived on Praia Islet, which is long enough to be surprised by the novelty of a still and quiet morning; not dominated by the incessant background thundering either of wind or an Atlantic swell. Awakening in the tent today, it was odd being able to hear one of [...]

Spring migration underway (finally!)

After what seems like weeks of unsettled weather conditions, we've at last been able to enjoy a few days of calmer winds and the odd warm ray of sunshine. The mixture of southerly and easterly airflows has also enabled a slow but assured movement of spring migrants to pass through the island, although numbers are [...]