A few days ago I was talking on the phone with my sister and in the middle of our conversation I mentioned that I needed to pack. “Pack for what?” she says and I reply “India.” Immediately she starts saying “WHAT? You’re going to India?! You didn’t tell me that!” Surely I did. Didn’t I? My … Continue reading Headed to India
For the final leg of our week-long visit to Brazil, we headed back towards Rio De Janeiro with a stop over at Serra de Canastra National Park, a national park in the cerrado biome of Brazil found on the watershed between the São Francisco and Parana rivers. Essentially this is a national park built around a waterfall. The São … Continue reading Water, Water, Everywhere – Brazil’s Final Leg
Some of the most spectacular scenery I've ever witnessed has been within the borders of the country of Brazil. I'm just going to say it --the country is amazing. The landscape of Brazil is as diverse and exquisite as it is large. And being the 5th largest country by area in the world, that is … Continue reading Back From The Grave of Extinction – Brazil – Belo Horizonte, BEGD, & Lapa Grande
With only enough time for a short break from work (9 days to be exact), we decided to skip the Fourth of July festivities back home and head to Minas Gerais for a quick, but action packed week of chasing down some of Brazil's rarest birds. One bird in particular may have brought us here, but … Continue reading A Sunrise to Remember – Back to Brazil
It’s always funny when you picture in your head how a place is going to be and then you show up and it’s vastly different. Honestly I had no expectations and didn’t know what to expect but Ross had pictured in his mind walking wide, flat trails similar to the ones we ventured down in … Continue reading Ranomafana – Madagascar – The Last Hurrah
At this point we were nearing the end of our trip to Madagascar. We had just finished up a few nearby birding locations and were systematically working our way through the interior southwest of the country before finishing up back in Tana. At this point in the trip we really only had three more stops to make. Next up, Zombitse-Vohibasia … Continue reading Zombitse – Madagascar – Did Anyone Say Zombies? No, Zombitse! And Yay for Gamebirds!
The spiny forest that makes up a lot of the southwestern zone is quite possibly one of Madagascar’s most visually distinct habitats. The large (and small) bottle-shaped baobabs, spiny octopus trees, and other species found in Madagascar’s arid, scrubby habitat that make up the “spiny forest” are especially apparent around Ifaty (number 11 on the … Continue reading Ifaty – Madagascar – Finally, The Spiny Forest!
The following morning we headed to Berenty, a private wildlife reserve in southern Madagascar where we had reservations waiting for us in what is a very touristy destination, or well, at least as “touristy” as Madagascar can get. Lemurs are notoriously easy, along with a few birds, so we opted to spend one night to enjoy … Continue reading Madagascar – Berenty – Pied Crow vs Chameleon Showdown (One of the coolest things we’ve ever seen)
If you need to get around in a foreign country using a driver, there are two ways to go about it. You can plan ahead of time and book a driver, usually someone who has driven birders before with a phone number that ends up in subsequent trip reports. Or you can just show up at the airport and wing it. Prior … Continue reading Madagascar – Andohahela – Covered in Leeches and Eating Lychees
Birding in Madagascar is equal parts walking around neat forests and equal parts sitting in a car driving through all of the deforestation to get to those neat forests. When we finished up in Bemanevika, we headed further south to check off a few other well-known Madagascar birding sites. Next on the agenda? Ankarafantsika National … Continue reading Madagascar – Ankarafantsika, Kinkony, & Ampitsopitsoka – Good Birds and Bad Drivers