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After a punishing summer, Sue Parker says there is so much to look forward to

I have always jokingly referred to high summer in the Algarve as ‘The Dead of Summer’. It is our least...

Sue Parker finds signs of underworld involvement in fraud and deception

In the ups and downs of foraging for food, fruitless searches are compensated by those magical moments when you find...

If you’ve had the misfortune of entertaining dull or dreary house guests this summer, I send you my commiserations. In comparison, playing host to a pair of Red-rumped swallows has been far from...

Sue Parker finds fearsome fiends behind friendly façades

Here’s the kind of interaction that teaches one to leave other people’s dogs alone:

‘Does your dog bite?’
‘No; he’s...

Ornithologist Dr. Manfred Temme reports his encounters with a Dutch Eurasian Spoonbill through the years.

Scientific bird ringing, or banding, began on the Curonian Spit, in former East...

Sue Parker recalls the moral of ‘There was an old woman who swallowed a fly’

If the news is bad, surely someone needs to tell it as it is, and IUCN, the World Conservation Union, says that...

Sue Parker marvels at one of the oldest and most versatile recipes on the planet

When a stick of celery has brewer’s droop, shun the salad and settle for soup.

Behind this trite...

Sue Parker observes some adolescents with very limited prospects

Drat! Another mosquito bite ... and, like many people, I react badly to these pesky insects. For some, the pain is short...

Sue Parker blames the messenger for some disturbing news

News of the tragic death by food poisoning of a woman on honeymoon in Mexico last October worried me. She had been eating fish. But...

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