A is for … Albatross


A is for Anteater, Aphid, and Albatross.

We’ll look at Albatross.

The albatross is one of the largest seabirds, and spends most of its life soaring and gliding many miles from land. Lifespan depending on sub-species can last 40 or 50 years.




Species: 21 species are on record, although many are endangered.

Size: Wandering Albatross can reach up to 1 metre in body length with a wingspan of 3.5 metres (10 feet).

Habitat: Sky and open ocean.

Location: Pacific Ocean, mainly found in the southern regions.

Diet: Crab, Fish, Krill, Squid

Predators: Humans, Tiger Shark – which lay in wait off the coast during the breeding season; at the time fledglings leave the nest.

Info / Strange Facts: The albatross is one of many seabirds which have the ability to drink saltwater. Some species can spend their first six or seven years in flight.


NaNoWriMo – HAWK

‘HAWK’ is my entry for the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge 2011.

Swift, strong and efficient

 I’ve chosen my drawing of the Kawasaki ZZR1100 to illustrate this post because I believe it represents qualities shared by my main character, the bird of prey and the motor cycle.

I propose to write an entire novel from scratch in one month.  This is something I feel will be challenging and liberating at the same time.  One of the aims is to avoid spending vast amounts of time editing.  Any editing will therefore be ongoing throughout the writing, rather than going back to pages or chapters to alter them substantially.  For the period of this month I am prepared to forego poetry or work on other projects.  My intention is to upload each chapter to my blog as it’s completed.  I realise I may find it necessary to do something else occasionally to give me breathing space away from the main task – HAWK, the novel.


HAWK – a synopsis:

Disillusioned by the government and military leaders, Phil McKenzie, a soldier serving in the Special Air Service leaves the army only to find increased frustration with the daily criminality taking place on the British streets and decides to redress the situation.