Two weeks away from returning to Brazil

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 [...]

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Stop Press

April 4, 2008

Just back from Southern Desengano I’ve just returned from my lightning visit to Southern Desengano. I appear to have timed things just right weather-wise as I have maximized on a 48 hrs “Window” of good and sunny weather. I’ve found accommodation, though rather basic, at a nearby town situated on the southern edge of the [...]

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Two new bird species and one butterfly

April 1, 2008

Since February we have had two new bird species and one butterfly appear in the Lodge gardens. A male Sooretama Slatey Antshrike has been seen on a number of occasions the last time it was accompanied by a female. Whilst sitting at my computer in mid February an adult? Rufous breasted Hermit came snooping around [...]

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I’m back in Marica…

March 24, 2008

I’m back in Marica after another longish (16nights) trip around the Minas Gerais and western Rio/eastern Sao Paolo birding circuit. It should have been a quiet time of year for visiting this region, the majority of the forest trees are now in fruit with the southern summer drawing to a close. Itatiaia and Ubatuba proved [...]

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Bahia research trip Jan 08

February 5, 2008

{Banded-Cot-778835.jpg} {Rufous-throated-Sapphire-778867.jpg} I’ve just arrived back from my Southern Bahia State research trip, and it proved to be a good one! Not only did I managed to “dribble” the bad weather here in Rio state (it had apparently been raining here every day that I was away) but I also managed to find three of [...]

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It’s now early January 2008…

January 3, 2008

I’ve got a few weeks free from guiding work, my next group will arrive after the summer heat has peaked towards the end of February. It’s now around 38 degrees centigrade in the shade over the greater part of eastern Brazil. Birding hours become confined to early morning and the late afternoon periods although I [...]

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Rare Swallowtail Butterfly in the Marica Lodge gardens

November 26, 2007

{img P.Ascanius-Thumb-725968.jpg} For the past couple of weeks now, I have been observing an early brood of the highly endangered and endemic (to the Rio de Janeiro state coast-line) Parides ascanius, also know as the beach swallowtail. The Lodge is situated on the banks of a fresh-water lagoon where ideal habit exists for this globally [...]

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Rainy season starts In South-Eastern Brazil

November 19, 2007

After conducting two trips running virtually back-to-back from late October, I’m finally back in Marica and with a couple of weeks off, between tours. The weather in SE Brazil is now much wetter and my local lagoons are full to their upper levels. Waterside birding is much better, many species absent upon my arrival in [...]

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A safe Journey back to Brazil

October 14, 2007

Well it’s back to guiding and research work in Brazil for the Northern Winter. I arrived a week ago from England after an uneventful flight using British airways for the first time in many a year. Upon my arrival I have noted an un-seasonal dry spell, with little to no rain falling over the past [...]

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Cambridge, England October 2007

October 4, 2007

I am in the process of traveling back to Brazil for the winter season. My time in Cambridge was another great success, including my visit to the Rutland birdfair, this seems to get bigger and better by the year. Upon my return I am virtualy booked solid untill early December with trips to Rio, Sao [...]

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