How to ‘get’ a double-striped thick-knee in Trinidad

How to see/spot/ get the double-striped thick-knee in Trinidad? (ok, to end the suspense: it is a rare bird in TT, so please continue reading for content, and sorry the photo is down below, thanks much,  kisses…) Well, of course you don’t go looking for it! That’s rule number one. For every thing. The day…

Coral past and present: The Andamans (part1)

If you are an anthropologist, or if you are a student of colonial rule and its effects on the natives, or someone into scuba diving, or maybe someone in love with corals, or simply someone who likes the wild and untamed: the Andaman and Nicobar islands archipelago must get on your radar, if it isn’t…

The red-eyed cutie

Celebrated Shakespeare’s birthday recently and found out that he invented the phrase : Green eyed monster’ among many others, many of which I thankfully knew about and many others I did not. I always thought Lewis Carroll first used : “Off with his head!” But no, that was also our dear Bard’s invention. Anyway, somehow…

Where yellow goes to die: Green

While I am still as reticent about  editing as ever, read, I still don’t like it, I don’t care if people think it is ‘professional’, I am a better amateur than all those facebook professionals…Anyway.. I was saying while I still don’t care for it much and I certainly did not look or follow anyone’s…

Is there something wrong with me?

This spider monkey reminded me of myself. On the many days I am depressed, alone among friends (this one was in the Belize Zoo). He or she looks old, maybe a little ill too. But the eyes, told me all. The photo is from Dec 2015. I had all but forgotten her. I had all…

Monkey business

These are some of the monkeys I have seen in south and Central America . A little  factoid I learned in Belize was that to record what would pass for  dinosaurs calls in the Jurassic park, the… whoever is responsible for making such recordings, went to Belize to record the howler monkey calls..like the Yucatán  ones…

Shall we sloth? in Costa Rica

In the Amazon, we saw many sloths. They were miles away and above (on kapok trees). It took the strength of my powerful binoculars to make out their hanging forms, and if we were lucky, there faces. Since then, I  thought that sloths can be seen in nature only in that distance. Obviously, I was…

Where butterflies come from: CR and caterpillars

  There are thousands of species of butterflies in Costa Rica. Apparently 90% of the butterflies of Central and South America can be found there! Photographed beautifully by many photographers. The number of blue morphos that accompanied us down and up every trail we took was astounding (in Peruvian Amazon, we saw maybe 3 in…

Collared Aracari (and its berry)

It has been months since our return from Costa Rica, and as I sort through photos and wait for the right day that I feel up to the task of making a photo gallery (instead of a trip report this time), I lag further and further behind. But I don’t want to lose everyone who…