This is to be a regular feature on my blog from now on, it will be a somewhat chronological account of my birding escapades that I undertake when I get the chance – with my friend and mentor John (er… hence the title). I will either post a write up of a day out on a reserve or post a piece on aspects of birds and birding, which may or may not involve John. I hope that these posts – be they regular or irregular (depending somewhat on how often I get out birding) will be not only educational and enlightening on the subject of birding, but also fun and enjoyable. So, are you sitting comfortably? Good then we’ll begin.