I finally was able to do this after thinking about the Harpy Eagle for years. The experience did not disappoint: It was a long day trip from the Canopy Camp where we got up at 4am, took the van for about 9omin, then went on a 3 hr boat ride and finally hiked about 45min to get to the nest. We got excellent looks including fabulous photo ops.
Don Coggswell and I found an Emperor Goose this soggy morning on Sauvie Island at around 10:30am. This bird was with a Cackler off Reader Rd near the Reader store, roughly here: 45.710527, -122.775506. These pictures were phone-scoped with my iPhone 6.
With a lot of time at hand, I took a spring Rockjumper East South Africa trip with Cape extension for a total of 3 weeks. I chose to go fully guided because of safety concerns. Well, it was a heck of a trip! with 455 bird species (209 photographed) and many other critters including South Africa’s “The Big 5” and “Ugly Big 5”. My absolutely favorite was a Giraffe which got startled by some nearby lions and ran towards our truck using the truck as a shield.
There is no trip report (I’m waiting for the official Rockjumper one), but many pictures: