When momma calls it’s time for some crawdads

“Go to the next lookout and you’ll see the Purple Gallinule and her chicks.” That’s what another birder told us just after we arrived at the Smith Oaks Sanctuary at High Island. I was… Continue reading

There’s a lot going on

The dust hasn’t settled just yet, but we landed in Austin, Texas last month and we’re in between homes for just a few more weeks. But there’s been enough dust settling to allow for a… Continue reading

We’re on the move

Utah and the Great Salt Lake have provided extraordinary birding experiences for us while we’ve lived here in this great state. But my job is taking me to another great birding state–Austin, Texas!… Continue reading

Leave no stone unturned

The Everglades get all the press. Most folks will turn the direction toward the Everglades off the Florida Turnpike, yet just outside the town of Homestead if you turn the opposite direction you’ll land… Continue reading

Idiot moments in birding

The path we were on was leading us to a pond where we would likely see some good wading birds—essentially anything in the heron family. It’s November and we were at the Key West… Continue reading

Hope is a thing with feathers

A needle in a haystack. That’s what looking for the Esmereldas Woodstar is like. It’s our last day birding with our guide, José, along the western coast of Ecuador. There’s really only one place… Continue reading

There’s nothing wrong with easy birding

The toughest days of birding were behind us on this Southwest Ecuador custom* birding trip. We suffered through the high elevation two days earlier and nearly passed out from heat exhaustion a day… Continue reading

I take more photos of birds when I’m not suffering

It was still dark as we loaded our gear into the van. Guayaquil, Ecuador is steamy even at 5:30 in the morning and I was already sweating. I lifted myself into the van… Continue reading

Strip birding. Because sometimes you have to.

After a very cold morning around 14,000 feet elevation we drove for several hours down to sea level to spend the next several days birding along the Ecuadorian coast. I went from wearing… Continue reading

High again

It might be a little like giving birth, I suppose, though I’ve never given birth. The saying goes that women forget all the labor pains and pregnancy woes and will go through it… Continue reading