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  1. This article has some really neat photos: " While the United States may be weakening protections for wilderness, the creation of Yaguas National Park protects millions of acres from development and deforestation. The remote rain forests in Peru’s northeast corner are vast — so vast that the clouds that form above them can influence rainfall in the western United States. The region contains species, especially unusual fish, that are unlike any found elsewhere on Earth. Scientists studying the area’s fauna and flora may gain insights into evolutionary processes and into the ecological health and geological history of the Amazon. Now the area has become home to one of the Western Hemisphere’s newest national parks. Yaguas National Park will protect millions of acres of roadless wilderness — and the indigenous people who rely on it — from development and deforestation."
  2. I too am catching up on this excellent trip report. Thanks for taking the time @Tdgraves. Might the starlings' behavior have been a dust bath that devolved into a tussle?
  3. Nice bird photos in this TR @Kitsafari. Especially the Brown-throated Wattle-eye in post #28. They are difficult to photograph - I missed getting a decent photo on my last Kenya safari despite seeing them two days in Kakamega Forest, 2 days in Mara North Conservancy, and 1 day in the Main Reserve! Kudos.
  4. I hope it works out!
  5. Just catching up on this thread - marvelous experience y'all had @Julian. The photo of the pool of wading birds and Hippos with the crater rim in the background is very nice!
  6. Nice photos and flawless bird IDs in my opinion @janzin. Collared Palm-Thrush - living vicariously. And I love Tinkerbirds, thanks for sharing. Thanks also for the birding guide tips for Vic Falls.
  7. Except Saltwater Crocs, eh @graynomad?
  8. Thanks @janzin and @marg. The moral of the story is to ask about all details that matter to you *before* booking. But that might be difficult and annoying to your agent, having them pass along all the questions to various potential camps... Hence the beauty of Safaritalk and its archives.
  9. Late keeping up with this thread @janzin. The Pel's Fishing Owl is amazing - how in the heck did you get it that sharp at 1/15 sec? I appreciate the detail with which you reported the annoyances (morning departure time, leaving dogs and leopard for brunch, etc). As a result, I am less likely to visit Zambia and completely unlikely to visit certain camps.
  10. Thanks for this TR @Kitsafari. I am enjoying it so far and looking forward to following along.
  11. Looking forward to this continuing TR @Geoff. But isn't the snipe a Greater Painted Snipe?
  12. Exactly right @janzin. It is nice to have a surface (the roof) where you can orient your bean bag in any direction you please. Standing on the back seat and up through the roof also lets you 'shoot down' on subjects to overcome any long grasses in the Mara in January-February. The roof hatch is also a big help photographing birds in flight, perched overhead in trees, etc. Offbeat Mara vehicles also have the removable shelves that clamp on the armrests of the window seats. Perfect for supporting a bean bag. I am going to PM you a suggestion about the private vehicle thing.
  13. @janzin - I highly recommend Offbeat Mara in Mara North conservancy. They know how to treat birders and photographers right! And if you look in my trip reports from January 2016 and January 2017 you can see their vehicles with pop-top roofs are the "cat's meow" for photographers. In January-February they usually have enough vehicles and few enough guests that 2 or 3 member parties get a private vehicle for free. I was 2-for-2 in this in January 2016 and January 2017 - there were 2 of us plus our birding guide and we got personal vehicles each time. Other guest parties did as well - including a single lady named Tessa in 2017. If you stay in Mara North, let me know and I will send you details on good places to look for African Crake. I had great luck with big cats in MNC and Offbeat - Lion, Leopard, and Cheetah. Could have done better if we were not as bird-focused. If you do a day in the main reserve, I recommend taking lunch at Little Governor's Camp - they then let you bird around the grounds which are good for Turacos and other goodies.
  14. Thanks for this trip report @mtanenbaum. Looks like you had a good time in Bwindi! Question: are there trails or extensive grounds to explore (bird) at Mahogany Lodge? Another question: what is the little primate at the end of the last post?
  15. This is a "Bird in Flight" I suppose - a Bonaparte's Gull mid-dive for a cold-stunned fish that was being washed out with the tide.
  16. "Narok Governor Samuel Tunai has halted development of tourist facilities in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. He has also threatened to demolish camps and lodges that will not meet international tourism standards. The governor argued the current congestion was risky for the survival of the world-famous reserve." The article goes on to say that Mara Rafiki Camp will be the first to be demolished.
  17. Northern Harrier coursing over the salt marsh in search of prey. Photo taken across the marsh from Wiggins, South Carolina.
  18. Golden Pheasant - wow. You lucky dog @Antee.
  19. This is one of my favorite ducks - a hen Wood Duck (Aix sponsa). The male is gaudily beautiful but the female is also quite attractive.
  20. Wow - this topic is heating up. I can tell @Dave Williams will help keep things lively and thanks @kittykat23uk.
  21. Unfortunately not - the powers that be ignore half of us in the USA about the Everglades and so many other other environmental issues! But I think in our case in the USA, having international criticism boosts the domestic cause. But this can backfire in many other countries/cultures. I wonder - did you have a problem with "foreigners" urging Tanzania not to build a highway across the Serengeti back when that was threatening? Because this dam project seems potentially worse from a human / economic (not ecological) perspective. Assuming things like the 200,000 people's livelihoods affected are true.
  22. Very nice @Peter Connan - swallows are difficult!
  23. Thanks @Game Warden for jump-starting this thread. It is a good one. Exactly right @Dave Williams - a fall male Bay-breasted Warbler. Over to you.
  24. Just so on all counts @lmSA84 - well done. In comparison to dark-legged Little Stint and Red-necked Stint, Temminck's Stint has greenish or yellowish legs. Of course leg color can be obscured on muddy-legged stints. In comparison to the scalloped grey plumage of nonbreeding Little and Red-necked Stints, Temminck's Stint has plainer brownish plumage. The plain brown-grey face of Temmick's Stints accentuates their slight eye ring into looking more substantial. One doesn't notice much of an eye ring effect on Little or Red-necked Stints. Long-toed Stint has green legs and somewhat grey-brown plumage like Temminck's but it is more patterned and scalloped instead of more uniform grey-brown like Temminck's. Temminck's also has a much more solid breast pattern than Long-toed. By the way, Coenraad Jacob Temminck - whom Temminck's Stint, Temminck's Tragopan, Temminck's Pangolin, etc. were named for - was quite a fellow.
  25. One of my favorite birds!

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