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Photographing birds: A traveller’s guide

Wildlife journalist Mike Unwin shares his advice for getting the most out of your avian photography.

Species in the Spotlight: nature’s hardiest bird

You think your life is hard? Try swapping places with the emperor penguin.

Species in the Spotlight: the ocean’s most versatile actor

Is it a fish? Is it snake? Is it a crab? No, it is – believe it or not – an octopus!

Species in the Spotlight: nature’s walking artichoke

A metre-long ant-eating pinecone?

How bizarre: a celebration of the world’s most unusual animals

Bizarreness, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

The Alphabet of Animals: V–Z

Mike Unwin shares some of his lockdown wildlife poems

The Alphabet of Animals: P–T

A colourful selection in this week’s round-up of wildlife poems.

Species in the Spotlight: nature’s ultimate hangers-on

Rather than avoiding sharks, remoras stick – literally – to their sides.

The Alphabet of Animals: K–O

Mike Unwin shares some of his lockdown wildlife poems.

Alphabet of Animals: A–E

Mike Unwin has been making the most of his lockdown time by creating some lovely wildlife poems.
Mike Unwin is a writer of non-fiction books for both adults and children, specialising in travel and natural history and with a particular interest in Africa. Among his other titles for Bradt are Southern African Wildlife (2nd edition 2011) and 100 Bizarre Animals (2010). He also writes regularly for many leading newspapers and magazines, including The Independent, BBC Wildlife, Travel Africa and Wanderlust, and is editor of Travel Zambia magazine. Mike’s writing has won him several awards, including the BBC Wildlife/Bradt Travel Writer of the Year 2000 and Latin American Travel Association Travel Writer of the Year 2011. He is a regular speaker at travel and wildlife events and occasionally pops up on radio programmes such as Radio 4’s Excess Baggage. His illustrations and photographs can be found in many publications, including this one. Mike’s involvement in Africa began in Zimbabwe, where he was a secondary school English teacher for two years. Teaching led to educational publishing – and to Swaziland, where he worked for Macmillan from 1993 to 1998, developing textbooks for local schools. Those five years allowed him ample opportunity for a full immersion in Swazi life, from painting murals at the National Museum and playing piano with a local band to volunteering with the Southern African Frog Atlas project, and leading walks and workshops for the Swaziland Bird Club. They also allowed him time to learn a little of the language, explore every nook and cranny of the kingdom and make friends for life. A decade and a half later, he still misses the place and returns whenever opportunity allows.

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