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

Look or shoot?

When I first began birding with my husband I was carrying around a little point-and-shoot Kodak camera. Steve had the binoculars and I was tagging along as he explained the basics of bird… Continue reading

Just try and stop me from seeing the Waved Albatross

He told me to go back. Twice. “You can’t do this,” the naturalist had told me on his second attempt to dissuade me. “You have to keep up with the group.” “No, I’m not going… Continue reading

Business, birds, gators and drones. It’s all here.

I arrived at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island at night so it was dark and I had no idea what I was going to wake up to. This, guys. This is… Continue reading

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