Atdahl

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  1. After the disappearance of El Jefe (most likely returned to Mexico), I thought that might be the last one we see around here. But, now we have "Sombra" (another male) which is great news. The Jaguar has been captured on trail cams multiple times dating back to last November. It's awesome to see this predator back in it's native territory. However, given the current political climate I don't have high hopes for this Jaguar. Even if the Jaguar survives the politics it may not survive the ranchers and hunters. Sorry, to be so negative but this great cat faces a large uphill battle for survival in the US unfortunately.
  2. Wow, you have really outdone yourself with this report @Alexander33. I don't know which is better, the fantastic photos or the tremendous narrative that goes with them. Both are magical if you ask me and I can't wait to read more. Your report will go a long way to help convince my wife to take this trip some day. The journey to see them seems a lot easier than we have been led to believe. I am curious about what sort of instructions you received about how to behave around the gorillas. I assume no sudden movements, no flash photography, but what about eye contact? Alan
  3. @Alexander33, what a great conclusion to your trip! Your collection of bird photos is simply stunning especially the hummingbirds. You certainly got your camera settings right on those shots and I believe they were all handheld since I thought you mentioned not taking a tripod. Also, what a great decision to day trip to the San Gerardo de Dota. That area has been on my radar for a while and your experiences there with the Quetzal just elevated it up the list. I think a combined San Gerardo de Dota and BDC trip itinerary is already forming in the the back of my head. I am also glad to hear that you had good experiences with Anywhere Costa Rica just like we did. It's a beautiful country but one I don't plan on ever driving in...especially when I am on vacation. Alan
  4. Friday bears are some of the best kind! Great pictures @The_Norwegian Alan
  5. I just wanted to mention that our Borneo trip for next year is on. We would love to have 2 to 3 other people join us. I posted details here: Alan
  6. Hi all. We are planning a return trip to Borneo next April/May. We are organizing the trip through AA Borneo again since they did such a great job last trip. My wife and I are looking for 2 to 3 more people to join us so that we can lower the costs and increase the fun! The dates are relatively firm since Deramakot is now getting wildly popular and we need to book our flights soon since we are using miles. But, I am sure there is a bit of flexibility if I get some interest in the next couple of weeks. This will be an "Everything and Anything" trip. Meaning, we don't plan on just focusing on birds, or mammals, or herps. We hope to see lots of all 3 actually. Here is the current itinerary: - Pickup at KK hotel (April 22) - 6 nights Deramakot (April 22 to 27) - 2 nights Sepilok Nature Resort (April 28 & 29) - 3 nights Kingabatangan Wetlands Resort (April 30 to May 2) - 4 nights Borneo Rainforest Lodge (May 3 to May 6) - Fly from Lehad Datu back to KK (May 6) We will have a private guide at all locations and expect to see some incredible wildlife. I have an idea of activities that we would do at all locations but nothing is finalized yet so there is flexibility there. Please let me know if anyone is interested and I can supply more details or answer any questions that folks may have. Thanks Alan
  7. @Alexander33 I am truly sorry for you loss. I am glad to hear that being in Costa Rica helped. It is a magical country. I have been looking forward to this report (and Brazil too...hint hint). I was worried after the first few days but eventually the Titi trail ALWAYS comes through. At least, that is our experience. Can't wait to read more. Love all the pictures and narrative. Alan
  8. So, here is yet another option (as if you don't have enough of them to consider ). Adobe Photoshop Elements. You can still buy v15 which is stand alone. I have used Elements for years (I think I am on version 11 still). It's $60 on Amazon in the US right now. I like it because like Lightroom it is both a photo database management tool and editor. It doesn't have all the features of full Photoshop but I have yet to find something that I wanted to do that it couldn't. Alan
  9. I seem to be accumulating lots of squirrel pictures so here are more to share: Baby Rock Squirrels learning to climb, Arizona, USA Round-tailed Ground Squirrel, Arizona, USA Sunda Giant Squirrel, Borneo Whitehead's Pygmy Squirrel, Borneo Bornean Pygmy Squirrel AKA Plain Pygmy Squirrel (this guy was TINY!) Prevost Squirrel, Borneo Red Giant Flying Squirrel, Borneo Bornean Mountain Ground Squirrel (with a tick I believe). Alan
  10. Love that shot @Dave Williams!
  11. @pomkiwi If you have time to go hiking around Anchorage, try the Eagle River Nature Center. It's been 10 years since we were there but it was really pretty and we saw a few moose too which isn't very hard around Anchorage really. http://www.ernc.org/trails/trails Alan
  12. Fantastic! Can't wait to see more!
  13. @janzin, yes I meant 2018. I too would be interested in a small group tour of like minded individuals. But, I am not sure if a dedicated birding trip would be for us. While we do like birds a lot, birding tours don't tend to be our favorite way to spend time. I would rather look for mammals and herps over birds if pressed. But, that doesn't mean we can't have a discussion about who might want to go and figure out if anyone's interests align. @BeatNavy, thanks for the tour company name. Regarding the Pantanal, take a look at my trip report. I think it rated it my favorite trip because I built it up in my mind in advance. So, I really wanted to see Jaguar, Tapir, Giant Otter, Giant Anteater, etc. And the Pantanal exceeded my expectations. Also, it was our first trip to South America so 95% of the wildlife we saw was news. Borneo is one of my favorite trips ever for the same reason. I didn't feel unsafe for one second. Take a look at the trip reports from both myself and KittyKat since our itineraries were similar.
  14. Wow, @BeatNavy that's a stunning shot of the avenue of the baobabs. I would love to get the name of the agency you used. I, like many others that travel independently, would prefer to book a tour for Madagascar. @janzin, if you can't tell I vote for Madagascar too. For 2017, we are thinking about a return trip to Borneo in May/June and also a return trip to Brazil for the southern Pantanal and possibly the Amazon in Aug/Sept. Nothing is booked yet though so I wouldn't rule out a Madagascar trip if the pieces fell into place. Anyone up for a ST trip to Madagascar? @kittykat23uk, sorry to hear that your Brazil plans hit a snag. I know that originally our itineraries didn't align well. But, if you are possibly interested in either the Amazon (Christalino) or Southern Pantanal legs let me know. I will start making plans in the next few months for that. @xelas, Our Pantanal trip last year (North and South) is the best trip we ever had. So, in case you needed any more encouragement... Alan

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