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Travel Blogging Calendar 2014 – Less Skin, More Elephants!

I’m sure you remember. Last year I joined in with a a bunch of other bloggers to bare it all for charity. It was a fun project with an excellent goal.  But…well….my butt. My butt was the problem.  Preciously few people were interested in seeing that white mass hanging out there in the cold mountain [...]

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A Taste of Costa Rican Wildlife from La Selva Biological Station

Check out more from the #ecocostarica trip on Twitter, FB and G+ By the time I climbed back into the van for the drive back to San Jose my clothes were drenched, my glasses fogged up and my camera worn out. Located right at the confluence to two croc-filled rivers, the air in the forest is so [...]

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El Quetzal – My Shot of the Day – December 3, 2013

#ecocostarica You may recall that back in January I went on a fruitless search for El Quetzal in the mountains of Panama. It was an awesome trek into some amazing country with a great friend but alas…not rare and endangered bird.  Today I had a bit more luck…although these lovely creatures were NOT cooperative. Just [...]

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Big Horn Sheep Ram – My Shot of the Day – November 18, 2013

Given that I hopped a fence to stroll along the rim of the gorge I probably wasn’t where I was supposed to be.  I didn’t see the big horn sheep ram or any other members of the herd for about ten minutes.  Then suddenly I was among them.  At first they didn’t seem to care [...]

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There is not language yet for what we’re trying to do. Izilwane – Voices for Biodiversity

Editor’s note: Last month I had the pleasure to interview Tara Waters Lumpkin the Executive Director of Taos, New Mexico (USA) – based Izilwane about her work to create a global online community sharing stories to connect humans with the natural world and help other species flourish. ~ ~ ~ Bala Dada was stunned when he saw [...]

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Cliff Swallows – My Shot of the Day – May 24, 2013

These gorgeous little cliff swallows were nesting in the rafters near the Anthropology Museum at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico yesterday. Cliff swallows (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) are a friendly, brave little passeriforme that builds gourd-shaped nests from mud and straw. They tuck them up under cliffs, bridges and the edges of buildings.  These two let me get within [...]

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Ruby Throated Hummingbird – My Shot of the Day – May 6, 2013

It doesn’t seem to matter much that many of the habitat maps for the little Ruby throated hummingbird puts Taos well outside of thier range. We’ve had loads of them. The males, like this one above, showed up early and fought amongst themselves for access to the solitary feeder we put out this year. Just [...]

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Water Reflection – My Shot of the Day – March 25, 2013

Just after dawn these early spring days, the air is perfectly still and the sound of Red-winged black birds fills the air. The snow and ice have melted and ponded and pooled and the calm morning air makes for some great water reflection photography. I shot this in Taos’ Fred Baca Park wetlands soon after [...]

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Twenty-One Beautiful Birds of Panama – Birdgasm!

Panama has more species of birds than the United States and Canada combined. I awoke on my first morning in Panama to the sound of all those birds of Panama. I up and stumbled out onto the balcony of my friend Maria Elena overlooking the Bridge of the Americas, grabbed a cup of the most [...]

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Whooper Swans Heading North – My Shot of the Day – March 5, 2013

My shot for today is actually a year old. One year old exactly in fact. These Whooper swans passed over the kids and I on March 5, 2012 while we played on the ice in the Gulf of Bothnia next to Vasa, Finland.  The Whooper swans (the national bird of Finland) were heading north into [...]

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Spectacled Caiman – My Shot of the Day – January 18, 2013

Wildlife in Panama Plowing into the jungle near the Rio Obispo looking for birds, I immediatly saw a Crimson-bellied woodpecker, a sirystes and a type of trogon showing off a small butterfly he had taken. A green iguana crossed the path, far too fast for me to take a picture and I made a made [...]

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Gulf Coast Birding – The Best Five Birding Sites in Mississippi

Gulf Coast birding hits a high point in Mississippi. Somewhere around 350 species of birds are known to inhabit or move through the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Not only are the rich coastal environments vital for migratory species as they move north from South America in the spring or return south in the fall but the [...]

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