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Alan T K Lee
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Extreme Biologist & wannabe photographer
Extreme Biologist & wannabe photographer

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Karoo surveys: a silent spring
I have to admit, this month turned into a bit of a blur akin to some crazy computer game. The levels were: wake up, navigate dark dirt roads with kamikaze bunnies and suicidal steenbok; try and find the farm associated with the survey block; then earn point...

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Karoo surveys August: all about Cinnamon-breasted Warblers
The month started out with 2 pentads covered near Murraysburg. My companion atlaser for one of the days was Stefan Theron, who has a fantastic eye and ear for birds, and works occasionally as a bird guide in the area. Stefan volunteered to drive us up the e...

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Karoo Birds Winter Survey
It was only fitting that the day before we headed off for
the 2 weeks of surveys of the birds of the Karoo, it should snow. Not enough
snow to break the drought, just enough to remind us it is winter. Needless to
say, the old Mazda Drifter did not appreciat...

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Of open access, pay walls and sci-hub: a defence of the pay-wall perspective
OK – so my position is not that of a typical academic: I
work from home, a remote location on the edge of a wilderness area, and I’ve
never been able to make university library proxy mechanisms work for me.
Instead, I’ve done what I’ve always done: email au...

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Of open access, pay walls and sci-hub: a defence of the pay-wall perspective
OK – so my position is not that of a typical academic: I work from home, a remote location on the edge of a wilderness area, and I’ve never been able to make university library proxy mechanisms work for me. Instead, I’ve done what I’ve always done: email au...

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Of Gales, Cape Parrots and Crowned Eagle
Further surveys out of Grahamstown had to be cancelled due to gale force winds this week. Still, Wednesday morning Adrian Craig, Lynette Rudman (Eastern Cape Bird Club), Diane and myself headed out somewhat optimistically. Our destination was Fort Fordyce N...

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Darlington Dam: Addo's best kept secret?
A dramatic week, with Cape Town battered by storms and the fires to the south of us wreaking havoc in Knysna: evacuations, houses burnt and lives lost in this historic seaside town. Despite that, the area is in the grips of a severe drought, with the sporad...

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The SHE in my Machine
So I take it that since computers can now beat humans at Poker, Go, driving safely and pretty much anything else, that the Singularity has happened. Apart from a slightly embarrassed silence from humanity (after all, who wants to get on a chair and boast ab...

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Break to Borneo
Its 6pm, the end of my
first full day in the city of Bontang, East Kalimantan, Indonesia. The cicadas
are battling to be heard over the mosque loudspeakers issuing the
evening call-to-prayer. I'm on the edge of an 18-hole golf course
fringed by mangroves. L...

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Of starry Karoo nights and friendly sheep
An early start to the
week was hampered somewhat by a car battery made lazy by the cold
weather, but luckily that fail was in reach of a charger with
extension. My target for the week was to survey three pentads for the
Karoo BioGaps project around Beaufort...
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