Siladen trip report

This is the 1st time I’ve been back diving in Bunaken marine park for quite a while, having been mostly muck diving recently. Siladen is one of a group of islands that make up the park, others include Bunaken, Manado Tua, Mantehague and Nain.

We’re staying in Siladen Resort and Spa and the temptation is to eat way too much, I’m even eating cake! (if you know me you’ll understand) Usual Indonesian hospitality, not to mention Portugese ūüôā Nothing is too much trouble and if I don’t get fat from the cake I’ll be waterlogged from the iced tea & coffee ūüôā

I 1st¬†dived Bunaken¬†around 1994 I think and there were always loads of sharks & turtles, good to see they’re still here, I’ve seen blacktip and whitetip reef sharks, green and hawksbill turtles, loads of little stuff too, usual doses of nudis, orangutan crabs, pygmy seahorses, baby narwhals and the odd mermaid or 2* (maybe not)

Siladen Resort and Spa, Sulawesi, Indonesia. © www.edbrown.co.uk
Siladen Resort and Spa, Sulawesi, Indonesia. © www.edbrown.co.uk
Porcelain crab, Bunaken marine park, Sulawesi, Indonesia. © www.edbrown.co.uk
Porcelain crab, Bunaken marine park, Sulawesi, Indonesia. © www.edbrown.co.uk
Hawksbill turtle, Bunaken marine park, Sulawesi, Indonesia. © www.edbrown.co.uk
Hawksbill turtle, Bunaken marine park, Sulawesi, Indonesia. © www.edbrown.co.uk
White tip reef sharks, Sulawesi, Indonesia. © www.edbrown.co.uk
White tip reef sharks, Sulawesi, Indonesia. © www.edbrown.co.uk

 

Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) and cubs

Its been a while since I’ve posted any fox pictures, way too long in fact, so I grabbed the chance last week to go and get some pics of some cubs I’d been told about. ¬†Funny how people in this country have such polar opinions of these guys. ¬†To set a little record straight, they won’t just kill all your chickens for fun and then bugger off. ¬†You scared them off before they could cache all that lovely meat for when food is scarce. ¬†And they won’t eat your baby either (maybe close your door if scared of this happening)

Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) cubs, Kent, England, UK © www.edbrown.co.uk
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) cub, Kent, England, UK © www.edbrown.co.uk
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) vixen and cubs, Kent, England, UK © www.edbrown.co.uk
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) vixen and cubs, Kent, England, UK © www.edbrown.co.uk
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) cubs, Kent, England, UK © www.edbrown.co.uk
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) cubs, Kent, England, UK © www.edbrown.co.uk

 

Bluebells and Dragons

This week started with an 8 mile trek into Abbots Wood where a very helpful guy walking his dog pointed me in the direction of the Bluebells, they should fill out a bit more in the next couple of weeks but they’re already looking pretty good I think.

Bluebells out in force on a fine morning in Abbots Wood,East Sussex,UK
Bluebells out in force on a fine morning in Abbots Wood,East Sussex,UK

The ending of my week, seeing as it’s St. George’s Day today, finished up with a bit of daftness with Fenster the Beardy weirdy.¬†Possibly the least scary thing a knight could see!

St George's Day.  Fenster the bearded dragon takes on a knight in some much needed practice.
St George’s Day. Fenster the bearded dragon takes on a knight in some much needed practice.