A Harpy Eagle trip to Panama (11/20-11/27/2016)

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.

Harpy Eagle near Sinai
Harpy Eagle near Sinai
Perched (!) King Vulture at Aligandi
Perched (!) King Vulture at Aligandi
Sapphire-throated Hummingbird at Torti
Sapphire-throated Hummingbird at Torti
Spot-breasted Woodpecker at Aligandi
Spot-breasted Woodpecker at Aligandi

A brief trip report with species list is here.

Pictures are here.

Enjoy!

Pictures from a trip to South Africa (09/15-10/06/2016)

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:

Birds (relatively good quality): https://goo.gl/photos/Y6bbSacJaRPSmGdv7

Birds (poor quality): https://goo.gl/photos/CeMwYez3vJC89RiX8

Other critters: https://goo.gl/photos/FYdNUBXBvZuBB6VV9

Here are a few of the highlights. Enjoy!

Giraffe at Kruger NP

African Penguin at Stony Point near Cape Town

African Penguin at Stony Point

Bateleurs at Kruger NP

Bateleurs at Kruger NP

Bokamakierie at lower Sani Pass

Bokmakierie at lower Sani Pass

Drakensberg Rockjumper at Sani Pass

Drakensberg Rockjumper at Sani Pass

Red-headed Weaver at Kruger NP

Red-headed Weaver at Kruger NP