Sanibel Island’s Bailey Tract is not a bad Plan B.

I totally needed something that was going to put me in a better mood, because I had just found out that the Ding Darling NWR was closed. And this was the only day… Continue reading

Listen to me: Always take the binoculars

I looked at the binoculars on the chair in my room and almost grabbed them. I don’t have room in my suitcase I thought. And when am I going to have time to look at… Continue reading

Just wait for the surprise to happen

A pail of white paint has spilled all over Antelope Island. With the exception of the main road that has been plowed, the whole island is pretty much colorless. Far away–about 500 meters–I… Continue reading

Merry Christmas wishes to you and yours

And may 2014 bring you great birding adventures whether it is in your backyard or abroad. This beautiful watercolor portrait of Steve and me was created by Clayton Thompson.

Birding in Boquete, Panama: Chasing targets

Panama Day 6 You know the risks. Chasing something is a gamble and you may have your heart broken in the end. Birders are known to have something they chase. “What’s your target… Continue reading

A lesson in Birding without recordings in Boquete, Panama

Panama Days 4 and 5 Bird song recordings. Some use them and others don’t. When we were in Boquete, Panama, our guide, Terry—a resident expat from The Netherlands— doesn’t. We had been birding… Continue reading

Panama Day 3: Mixed flocks bring mixed blessings

This post has it all: Lots of bird and mammal photos in a gallery below, a video of Steve and I (only 40 seconds long, guys!), and our bird list at the very… Continue reading

Panama Day 2: Birding in a group where styles don’t mix

Our first day in El Valle, Panama at Canopy Lodge only called for a 6:30 a.m. breakfast, which is not too early by birding standards. In fact, some might suggest that was a… Continue reading

It’s not a race. Panama Day 1: Metropolitan Nature Park

Right on the edge of Panama City is the Metropolitan Nature Park, which is just over 600 hectares. We didn’t need to be at Canopy Lodge until late afternoon so we decided to… Continue reading

Sometimes wonderful things happen when you stay behind

That day in Ecuador when I decided to stay back at Tanadayapa Lodge? Yeah, that day. I was feeling a little glum about the fact that I was struggling. So I just set… Continue reading