Hi, I'm Rudi, i'm 8 years old and my favourite book is 'Tarka the Otter' by Henry Williamson. Its about the life of an otter named Tarka and British Wildlife. One night i was reading the book with my dad and i said that i wanted to see all the animals in the book, he said i should do it and call it the Tarka Challenge. My Tarka Challenge started on 1st January 2012. The book contains 89 birds, 54 land based animals, 120 plants and 56 aquatic organisms.

The rules are simple, i must either see each thing myself or photograph it using my trail camera. I will try and see each thing on my local patch (Ogmore River Catchment) but may need to look somewhere else in Britain.

Curlew & Cormorant


When i woke up i saw a blackbird and robin in my garden. We stopped at the Watermill in Ogmore on the way to Nanny's house and saw some Curlew. In the afternoon we went to Kenfig Pool and sat in the Hide for an hour to try to see the Bittern, we saw him just before christmas but didnt see him today. We did see pochard, great crested grebe, tufted duck, wood pigeon, cormorant, teal and moorhen.

I got to cross these birds off my list -

Wood Pigeon

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