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Southern Bahia Research trip: Part one

by Richard Raby on March 21, 2010

I’m very happy with the results of my lattest motor-cycle adventure designed to set-out “the northern limits of my South-Eastern Brazil patch”. Below I tell some of the story of what happened during this trip; En-route north from Rio I stopped at the famous Wooley Spider-monkey reserve in Caratinga to get to know it better, I will [...]


I will be catering to larger groups from December 2010

by Richard Raby on February 21, 2010

As I gain more and more “feel” for organising bird-tours in my area, SOTHEASTERN BRAZIL, I am also noting that my overheads are rising quite rapidly and that this is due to local inflation. Now in my sixth year I’m starting to open-up to offer my exclusive guiding services to larger groups, this is firstly [...]


I’ve had a rather difficult season

by Richard Raby on February 17, 2010

I’ve had a rather difficult season. Firstly I probably worked too much in England over the northern summer months at my “other job”, and secondly I did something that I swore that I would never do………….. upon my arrival back to Brazil in September I conducted 3 trips, one after the other, that visited one [...]


My past season in Brazil was a great success

by Richard Raby on June 29, 2009

I‘ve been in England since mid April now and, as usual, I’m working in Cambridge. I will be at the Neotropical Bird Club stand of the Rutland Birdfair this August but because of my latter arrival this year I managed to miss-out on the club AGM. My past season in Brazil was a great success, [...]


Mission: Plumbeous Antvireo!

by Richard Raby on March 14, 2009

Well I’m back at the Marica lodge after a really great six days research trip. In the end I stayed two nights at Raposo in the extreme north of Rio de Janeiro state, one night at Caparoa, Pico da Bandeira (the second highest peak in Brazil and situated on the boarders of Minas Gerais and [...]


Leaving on a Short research trip

by Richard Raby on March 5, 2009

It’s high summer and the weather is hot here in Southeastern Brazil, we have had a few weeks of this sunny and dry weather now and the forecast is for it to continue. Today I shoot-off on a long weekend research trip to the Rio Doce State Park in Eastern Minas Gerais. This park is [...]


Update after a full season guiding

by Richard Raby on January 7, 2009

Today, for once the day-break is sunny . It has been a very wet spring in South Eastern Brazil. We are now into Summer (started here on the 21st December) but the rains continue, this is not unexpected as a “normal” rainy season starts towards the end of November and lasts into early January, but [...]


The spring continues untypicaly wet

by Richard Raby on November 25, 2008

The spring continues untypicaly wet here in South eastern Brazil with overcast sky and virtualy daily rains. I have just returned from a three-centre trip around Itatiaia, Ubatuba and Campos Jordao. These are three great birding spots, but also places where it rains more frequently, even during a normal spring. So it is with certain [...]


October Trip to Minas

by Richard Raby on November 3, 2008

This is my first real Blog entry since returning to Brazil this year in early October. It’s been a busy year for me at my “day-job” in England over this past Summer and the vast majority of my spare time was taken up answering enquiries about future trips and planning new Itineraries. I am just [...]


Two weeks away from returning to Brazil

by Richard Raby on September 22, 2008

I am now just two weeks away from returning to Brazil. My summer has been a most productive one. My agenda is almost full from my return until the new year, with a number of “last minute enquiries” about trips appearing to be coming to fruition? My time at the Rutland Birdfair was as rewarding [...]