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Welcome to YALAKOM, a collection of articles, narratives and photographs documenting some of the nature and wildlife encountered on my local patches and travels. Some articles are concerned with important nature conservation issues I found worthwhile researching and sharing. Since 2018 I have been involved in wild bird rescue and rehabilitation. Stories are in the works and will be published here soon. Below are the most popular blogs and you can easily browse the rest using the thematic index. I hope you enjoy the read and find what you are looking for. Feel free to get in touch for any inquiry.


Most popular stories

Springbok Mantis

NEW ZEALAND – Since the 70’s the introduced Springbok mantis has been killing natives which are loosing the battle: can you tell them apart?

Fieldfare fledgling

GERMANY – Discussing and documenting the rough fate of five fieldfare fledglings, including a disabled one. Continue reading

Hawfinch (adult male)

GERMANY – Return of the mystery bird, aka the magnificent hawfinch, to my bird feeder along with his two adorable chicks. Continue reading

Great tit fledgling

GERMANY – A clutch of great tit fledglings hunted down by a tenacious Eurasian jay with some inevitable casualties. Continue reading

Roubion, France

FRENCH ALPS – Exploring the wilds of Roubion, a charming perched medieval village in the Parc National du Mercantour. Continue reading

Przewalski horses

MONGOLIA – An attempt to trace the fascinating story of the rare Przewalski horse, the last truly wild horse, in twelve parts. Get started with Part 1


YALAKOM elsewhere on the web
This nature blog was featured in BBC Wildlife Magazine’s December 2014 issue, view here (p 16).

The following wildlife photographs have been featured on the web or in print: adult male hawfinch published in BBC Wildlife Magazine’s October 2015 issue (p 112); adult male hawfinch “Bird of the Week” on Bird Watching Magazine in September 2015, view here; coal tit featured in an article about migratory birds on Ornithomedia in September 2015, view here; Eurasian blackcap fledgling featured on Ornithomedia’s Facebook page in June 2015, view here; alpine marmot published in BBC Wildlife Magazine’s December 2014 issue, view here (p 16).

Ornithomedia BBC Wildlife Magazine Bird Watching Magazine
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