Showing posts from November, 2018

Bermuda Trip Report

Greetings! Allison Black and I are recently back from 5 full days in Bermuda, where we were in search of Bermuda Petrels (AKA Cahows), among other things! Yes, we succeeded in seeing the birds, including a seawatch that tallied 25+ individuals! Unfortunately, both of our boat trips were canceled due to weather, so we were unable to see them up close and personal. Though not a classically hardcore birding trip (we mixed birding and relaxation), I put together a brief report for independent traveling birders who are looking to do Bermuda on their own. It is meant to be just a starting point. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to email me. Of course, for those wishing to truly maximize their time with the petrels, I would recommend joining Bob Flood's "Cahow Experience" tour. Contact him via I have not taken his tour but have heard fantastic things and have no doubt that this is the best way to observe this specie

Pantanal 2018 - One last Jaguar search, and north up the Transpantaneira

Oct 27 (PM) We spent our last evening on the river in search of more mammals. We ended up 3-for-3 on Jaguar searches...or more like 4-for-3, since we would see two cats this afternoon. One, a thin young female, was cruising the water's edge for prey. Alas, no luck there for her. Later we would only briefly view a large male that stayed out of the open. Photos of the female below. hey, life is good Oct 28 After breakfast on the boat we said our good-byes to the crew and disembarked at Porto Jofre. A pair of HYACINTH MACAWS was feeding in the palms near the dock. Hyacinth Macaw We made our way back about two-thirds the length of the Transpantaneira to the Pousada Rio Claro, where we would stay for one night - our last night in Brazil. your typical Transpantaneira bridge Nanday Parakeets were the stars here. Nanday Parakeets In the afternoon we took a walk around the grounds followed by a boat trip up the Rio Claro. We ended our final

Pantanal 2018 - To the Paraguay River and (almost) Bolivia

Oct 25 This morning we would continue towards the west and then turn north onto the Paraguay River. The scenery really began to change here. Accustomed to a very flat landscape, hills and mountains were now visible to the west. Sergio spotted a LEAST BITTERN peeking up through the tops of marshy riverside vegetation. Raptors really took to the air mid-morning, and glancing upward paid off in the form of a dark morph adult WHITE-TAILED HAWK. Had never before seen a dark morph before! Least Bittern White-tailed Hawk (dark morph adult) immature Rufescent Tiger-Heron Bare-faced Curassow Wattled Jacana on giant lily pad Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks Hyacinth Macaws Straight-billed Woodcreeper Brown-crested Flycatcher Later that afternoon we would set foot on land for the first time in a while, at the Acurizal Reserve on the west bank of the Paraguay River. Safe from jaguars here, we could actually walk around a bit. The forest here w