Dolphins in Croatia – watching Bottleneck Dolphins from my terrace in Cesarica, Karlobag

We don’t always get to see them. Last time we were in the next village and we didn’t, but the time before that we actually encountered them whilst kayaking out on the sea near Karlobag in Croatia. These are Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursops truncatus), and sadly there are only about 220 left in Croatian waters. SeeingContinue reading “Dolphins in Croatia – watching Bottleneck Dolphins from my terrace in Cesarica, Karlobag”

Great White Stork eating a snake in my garden (actually a Slow Worm)

The biodiversity of the Slovak Carpathians is incredible. The Great White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) is an annual visitor, and many villages even provide large nesting poles for them in order to prevent them nesting on chimneys. Because they are a protected species, these massive birds have no fear of humans and can often be quiteContinue reading “Great White Stork eating a snake in my garden (actually a Slow Worm)”

Earth Day Message from Carpathian Adventure

Earth Day was first proposed by activist John McConnell in 1969 and was introduced to the world in 1970. 51 years on we have utterly decimated the planet but still hold environmentally-friendly activities on Earth Day. It’s like having a Save The Wildlife Day once per year and then hunting every species to extinction forContinue reading “Earth Day Message from Carpathian Adventure”

Self Analysis For Self Reliance – Know Thyself and Be Free

Back out in the bush after a long hiatus. In this video we look at the need to analyse what’s good and bad about our lives so that we can focus on what is truly important. Everyone has a dream, and everyone has a basic idea of what sort of life they’d like to beContinue reading “Self Analysis For Self Reliance – Know Thyself and Be Free”

Still blogging…

For those of you who think I’ve just disappeared after ceasing to maintain the carpathianadventure site, you can follow the adventure I call life at http://edwardotoole.com/blog/ I miss many of you and your comments so come over and pay me a visit!

Great Spotted Woodpecker

We get many species of woodpecker visiting the garden. This one is the Great Spotted (Dendrocopos major). Aside from the black, green and grey woodpeckers, the vast majority in our area look very similar and it’s often difficult to identify them. The Great Spotted is best identified by its long white shoulder patches.  

Creepy Forest Ghost Spot Creature

No idea what this is:   A strange object I captured on the trail cam in the forest (photo frames, not video). It appears to be about a foot long, vertical and consists of 5 small equidistant ‘spots’. Bizarrely, it’s in the same location that we had a tree come crashing down in front ofContinue reading “Creepy Forest Ghost Spot Creature”

Red Deer Stag Kills Man

A 78 year old man from Prievidza (a town in the west of Slovakia) has died in hospital a week after being attacked by a stag. Apparently, it was a spontaneous attack as the man tended his orchard – the stag charged and skewered him with its antlers. More can be read here – noviny.skContinue reading “Red Deer Stag Kills Man”

Kestrel in tree

I really hate taking photos when the sky is like this but you have to seize the moment. This is a Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) with unusual plumage. Unless it’s something else…

Bushcraft Magazine Autumn Article

The Autumn issue of Bushcraft Magazine is out. They’ve included an article of mine on the benefits and techniques of Trail cam usage as both a learning tool for and a moral alternative to trapping. Go order a copy. As usual, the magazine is beautifully printed. Support real bushcrafters – those dedicated to sustaining ancientContinue reading “Bushcraft Magazine Autumn Article”