Category Archives: Pantanal

Americas Bird Photos

Ben Fogle recently joked about watching birdlife with a double meaning of women on his programme New Lives in the Wild, so it must be okay, but I have no need to do it in this blog post, as it just features birds of the flying kind.

These photos were taken in the Santa Rosa park in Costa Rica’s north-west. I think I just found out twenty-three years later it’s a white-throated magpie jay, and a cover star of the park’s speciality birds. The name reminds me that I also saw beautiful blue jays and redolent red cardinals in North America.

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These were taken in Peru’s Colca Canyon, near Arequipa, below Lima. I stayed in a village near the canyon the night before, as the condors emerge early, getting a memorable view of the night sky in all its glory from the Andean mountains with little light pollution; the village didn’t have electricity, just using candles and torches for light. I saw this bird of prey first and thought it might be a condor:

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But when the condor arrived, it was so much bigger, I knew it was the real thing:

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These photos were taken in the Brazilian Pantanal wetlands. The first photo features parrots, and I think the second does too.

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Prince William Human Overpopulation Concern: More Animals, More we Learn

Prince William voiced his concern about human overpopulation recently, and its effect on wildlife, following his father in 2011, and Sir David Attenborough, whose Blue Planet 2 is currently showing the wonders of the world, under the oceans. I agree with him, not because I don’t like humanity, but because I like animals, and think they have a right to life too, and that they are good for humanity: both for learning and mental health. There’s a lot more I could write about humanity and animals, but I don’t think this is the place really, and I’ll leave these photos from the Pantanal in Brazil in 1994 talk for themselves, following on from coati, capybara and monkey photos. I hope such sights and experiences will be available for future generations of humans, thrilling them as they thrilled me:

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