Waddle on the Wildside

These blogs are about South America’s wildlife; crammed full of photos, stories and wacky encounters with wonderful wildlife!

Why did we Choose to Run South America?

Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 in Big Toe Blog, Big Toe Noticeboard, Birds, Mammals, Waddle on the Wildside, Wildlife Moment Of The Week, YouTube Channel | 0 comments

We chose to run South America because we thought we might only be able to run such a very long way, 6504 miles, once in our lives. And in that case, it would have to be the most wildlife and plant rich place in the world. With the largest tropical rainforest, the biggest river, longest mountain chain, most bird, monkey and amphibian species and so much more… it was very clear, South America it had to be! We got to know some amazing wildlife and wildlands along the way, including snakes, giant anteaters and guanacos. So why not check out this video and meet them! Then put on your...

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FILM Adaptions- Different Beaks for Different Diets

Posted by on Oct 3, 2013 in Big Toe Blog, Birdlife International, Birds, Waddle on the Wildside, YouTube Channel | 0 comments

On the 1st October we were in Guasipati, Venezuela, with Jose Maria Emazabel School and over 80 children and their teachers… fantastic to be chatting about the amazing wild places in this country, including these wonderful birds.. check out this video- 5 incredible beaks on 5 incredible birds!!! Each beak is Unique!  

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Running with Parrots

Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 in Armonía, Birdlife International, Birds, Waddle on the Wildside, YouTube Channel | 0 comments

From the very South to the North of continental South America we have been in the company of parrots. Watching them preening, screaming over our heads, excavating nests or apparently checking us out on ´ fly-bys´ has just been amazing. They never cease to brighten us up and remind us how amazing this wild planet is!

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What a difference a day makes……!

Posted by on Aug 25, 2013 in Big Toe Blog, Birds, Running, Waddle on the Wildside | 0 comments

Yesterday I was at a really low ebb. We had run nearly 18 miles and the thought of the next four we planned to run was just hideous. Sweat was pouring off my limbs, my feet felt jarred and knees hot and sore. My chin was heading for the floor as I ran curled up, tired, terribly, with my feet like claws. My running style was desperate, ripe for an injury. When we finally hit the 24 mile mark, I collapsed into tears, annoyed and frustrated. After over 5,400 miles how could this happen?! The truth is, it has never been easy. Usually after about mile 15 it begins to hurt, with the next 5 to 10...

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How to become a Wildlife Detective

Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Big Toe Blog, Big Toe Noticeboard, Birds, Waddle on the Wildside | 0 comments

As you skip through the woods, fields or moorland or perhaps view the world from atop of a gnarly oak tree, do you ever wonder…. Where do animals hide during the day….? Do animals follow paths, even motorways….? What do they eat…..? Why not become a WILDLIFE DETECTIVE and start sniffing, watching & feeling for Wild Signs, to find out who has passed by….? ???Look for hair stuck on barbed wire or brambles, examine the shape of burrows and abandoned nests, look at the prints in soft mud, where have animals marked their territories and in what...

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Endangered Animals: Patagonian Huemul Deer

Posted by on Dec 9, 2012 in Big Toe Blog, Waddle on the Wildside | 0 comments

Key words: Endangered, habitat, threatened, decomposition, extinct, over-grazing One evening whilst running over a mountain pass in  southern Chile, with snow on either side of the road, we noticed some mammals grazing on the hillside. We stopped to look through our binoculars and guess what we found: PATAGONIAN HUEMUL DEER!!! The Mountain pass, Chile Although we had not quite run our daily 20 mile quota, we decided to find flat ground to camp near the river and take the opportunity to watch these very rare deer. We had been searching for weeks for these beautiful animals and felt very...

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