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Recent content by BruceBerman

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    Tropical Birding During Rainy or Dry Season Best?

    Thank you for the info and taking the time to share your experiences!
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    Tropical Birding During Rainy or Dry Season Best?

    Thanks for this info, Avery! I'll look into these areas. We'll need a good road system in the area we bird as my wife can't walk more than an hour due to foot surgery.
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    Need suggestions for a guide in western & central Andes area (closest city is Cali)

    Heading to this area in September because my wife wants to go there for a short 2 week trip. We'll tackle more of Colombia later. My wife found one guide but I think he's a bit pricey. I'm looking for other suggestions if you know of any. Thanks!
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    Tropical Birding During Rainy or Dry Season Best?

    How right you are! I figure there will always be plenty of birds that I miss when birding in a new country. There are nations I'll visit more than once: India, Australia and Colombia immediately come to mind. There are so many species to try to see, while I'm still in this world, that I...
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    Tropical Birding During Rainy or Dry Season Best?

    Thanks Kb. You've provided some good info!
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    Tropical Birding During Rainy or Dry Season Best?

    It doesn't seem to be that cut and dry, Mike. In country Y you can find tour companies A, B and C arranging tours at different times of the year. They may avoid the absolute wettest or hottest months, but that could still leave 6 or 7 months when birding would be "acceptable" and the groups come...
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    Tropical Birding During Rainy or Dry Season Best?

    Good info, thanks! You are correct about the neotropical birds. When I'm traveling in the tropics of the western hemisphere I find them a distraction from the species I am targeting.
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    either some kind of nuthatch or maybe a woodpecker??

    I'm going with Oak Titmouse, too. They're so similar to Junipers that without hearing the call it would be quite difficult to differentiate, but you're correct that a Juniper would be out of its range. Both species are the same size. Here's a shot of an Oak Titmouse that I took this week in...
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    Tropical Birding During Rainy or Dry Season Best?

    Thanks again! I appreciate the information.
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    Tropical Birding During Rainy or Dry Season Best?

    Thank you for your comment. We are hoping to visit Indonesia in 2023 and Borneo & Malaysia in 2024 or 2025.
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    Tropical Birding During Rainy or Dry Season Best?

    Darn, I was hoping there was some sort of rule of thumb but your answer makes sense. I certainly wouldn't want to bird in India during the monsoons. We never made our trip to Ecuador due to Covid and then my wife recently had a foot operation. We are now looking at the western and central Andes...
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    Tropical Birding During Rainy or Dry Season Best?

    I can't seem to get a straight answer to this question, even from guides. In the tropics there's often a cooler rainy season and hotter dry season, plus two short transitional periods where the rains begin or end. My impression is that in the rainy season birds are more vocal but birding days...
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    Unidentified Nepali Raptor

    Thanks, Andy!
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