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

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