Tag Archive: Ecuador

NO ONE misses the Birds of Paz de las Aves in Ecuador. Well, except me.

It was way too steep for me to get down to the feeders at the Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge in Ecuador. It’s a bit of a hike–about 1000 meters–and mostly downhill,… Continue reading

What to do about that ginormous Birds of Ecuador field guide

I already spend enough time in physical therapy. The last thing I needed to do was carry around this big tome around Ecuador. Here, let me give you an idea of really how… Continue reading

When birds make me complain-y

You travel hundreds–or even thousands–of miles, and no matter how long you wait for them, they turn their backs on you. They’ll sit there, looking the wrong direction, wondering when you’re going to… Continue reading

Birding Antisana feels a lot like Scotland. Yes, really.

We were right on the equator but if I didn’t know any better I would have thought we were in the Scottish Highlands. It was as though we had been swept away to… Continue reading

Tips for birders joining an organized tour

So, I had never been on an organized tour. Usually, Steve and I do what our birding neighbors and friends call “freelancing,” which is fancy for saying that we plan our locations and… Continue reading

Pressures of Ecuador

Steve kept telling me that anaconda wouldn’t attack something too large to eat, but it takes more than a few days to undo years of watching Discovery Channel.

Angry Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds would stick their beaks into the plastic flower on the feeder only to find nothing, and then fly away. Any minute someone was sure to bring the nectar.  First there was just… Continue reading

Come hell or high water: In search of the Torrent Duck

I felt as though I was looking for a unicorn. How do I know that this duck exists if I can’t see it?

We’re at bird camp

There was a knock on the door. I could still hear it even though I had earplugs. I rolled over and looked at my iPhone and with my middle-aged vision barely made out… Continue reading

Birding high atop the canopy at Sacha Lodge

I was a little out of breath after climbing the metal stairs to the top of the 94-foot high tower. It was then when our guide Marcelo turned to us and asked, “You… Continue reading