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Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Tuesday 13th October 2020, 22:05
Replies: 39
Views: 1,233
Posted By Matt Bell
Wonderful stuff, Thibaud. Superb photos!

Wonderful stuff, Thibaud. Superb photos!
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Friday 25th September 2020, 13:27
Replies: 68
Views: 3,481
Posted By Matt Bell
You’re absolutely right. In fact, if our Ecuador...

You’re absolutely right. In fact, if our Ecuador trip had been a full-on birding trip, I wouldn’t have chosen Mashpi. I’m sure you could see more birds by using local guides, as well as spending a...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 24th September 2020, 18:28
Replies: 8
Views: 207
Posted By Matt Bell
Thanks, Niels, I'll do some more research!

Thanks, Niels, I'll do some more research!
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Thursday 24th September 2020, 17:54
Replies: 68
Views: 3,481
Posted By Matt Bell
22 January All good things must come to an end....

22 January

All good things must come to an end. This was our last morning of bird-watching and our last day in Ecuador.

We started at dawn on the top deck of the lodge: it was a great opportunity...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Thursday 24th September 2020, 17:07
Replies: 68
Views: 3,481
Posted By Matt Bell
Thanks, Mike. Do it ... you won't regret it!

Thanks, Mike. Do it ... you won't regret it!
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 24th September 2020, 15:11
Replies: 8
Views: 207
Posted By Matt Bell
A good question to which I don't have a good...

A good question to which I don't have a good answer.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 24th September 2020, 14:53
Replies: 8
Views: 207
Posted By Matt Bell
Thanks, Niels, having looked at some more pics...

Thanks, Niels, having looked at some more pics online, I see exactly what you mean.

We saw Empress Brilliant and Green-crowned Brilliant at the same feeder. I had the bird pictured below as a...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 24th September 2020, 13:02
Replies: 8
Views: 207
Posted By Matt Bell
Hummingbird Ecuador cloud forest

Checking my trip notes against my photos, this picture doesn't fit any of the hummingbirds in my list.

The orange-brown malar stripe would suggest Rufous-gaped Hillstar (aka White-tailed Hillstar)....
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Wednesday 23rd September 2020, 10:56
Replies: 68
Views: 3,481
Posted By Matt Bell
21 January Time to see some more Hummingbirds....

21 January

Time to see some more Hummingbirds. Just inside the entrance to the reserve, there’s a shelter with some hummingbird feeders. It seems to attract lots of other small birds: flycatchers,...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Tuesday 22nd September 2020, 10:51
Replies: 68
Views: 3,481
Posted By Matt Bell
Thanks for the kind comments. 5 months in Ecuador...

Thanks for the kind comments. 5 months in Ecuador sounds like heaven.
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Monday 21st September 2020, 19:17
Replies: 68
Views: 3,481
Posted By Matt Bell
The BBC produced a (rather gushing) documentary...

The BBC produced a (rather gushing) documentary on Mashpi Lodge, in case anyone's interested. It's still available on iPlayer (https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08ljbmg).
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Monday 21st September 2020, 19:11
Replies: 68
Views: 3,481
Posted By Matt Bell
20 January Another early start. We set off on...

20 January

Another early start. We set off on foot through the forest before dawn to have breakfast at one of the top birding spots. Our disappointment the previous afternoon was explained: the...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Sunday 20th September 2020, 20:55
Replies: 68
Views: 3,481
Posted By Matt Bell
19 January Having arrived back in Quito the...

19 January

Having arrived back in Quito the previous afternoon, we were off again at the crack of dawn: we headed out of Quito in a minibus for Mashpi Lodge, about two-and-a-half hours’ drive north...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Sunday 20th September 2020, 00:11
Replies: 68
Views: 3,481
Posted By Matt Bell
18 January After eight days of cruising it was...

18 January

After eight days of cruising it was time to leave paradise.

Before returning to Seymour Airport for our flight back to Quito, we stopped off for an early morning stroll on Mosquera...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Friday 18th September 2020, 21:53
Replies: 68
Views: 3,481
Posted By Matt Bell
17 January The next morning took us to the east...

17 January

The next morning took us to the east side of Santiago and a walk across the pahoehoe lava of Sullivan’s Bay, with good numbers of Galapagos Penguins on the shore.

No new birds today, but...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Friday 18th September 2020, 16:50
Replies: 68
Views: 3,481
Posted By Matt Bell
CORRECTION: 150 mating pairs

CORRECTION: 150 mating pairs
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Thursday 17th September 2020, 15:55
Replies: 68
Views: 3,481
Posted By Matt Bell
My uneducated guess is that it's a bit of whale...

My uneducated guess is that it's a bit of whale skeleton. We did see other whales bones lying around at Punta Espinoza.
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Thursday 17th September 2020, 07:30
Replies: 68
Views: 3,481
Posted By Matt Bell
16 January Overnight our boat took us round the...

16 January

Overnight our boat took us round the northern tip of Isabela to Santiago Island.

The main event of the day was a morning hike along the shore of James Bay. This is a rocky shore with a...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Tuesday 15th September 2020, 23:51
Replies: 68
Views: 3,481
Posted By Matt Bell
15 January The morning found us at Tagus Cove on...

15 January

The morning found us at Tagus Cove on Isabela Island. The cove itself was full of Brown Noddies. We landed for a hike up the hillside and great views of Isabela’s volcanoes. On the way...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Saturday 12th September 2020, 19:18
Replies: 68
Views: 3,481
Posted By Matt Bell
14 January (afternoon) There was plenty to...

14 January (afternoon)

There was plenty to digest over lunch. After the cormorant-octopus-sealion incident, we’d had a couple more close encounters with sealions. Swimming in their presence was...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Friday 11th September 2020, 23:26
Replies: 68
Views: 3,481
Posted By Matt Bell
14 January (morning) The day at Isabela Island...

14 January (morning)

The day at Isabela Island began with a dinghy ride into the mangroves at Punta Moreno. As we approached the shore, we had our first sight of Flightless Cormorant on the rocks....
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Friday 11th September 2020, 22:18
Replies: 68
Views: 3,481
Posted By Matt Bell
Land Iguana is on its way!

Land Iguana is on its way!
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Wednesday 9th September 2020, 22:11
Replies: 68
Views: 3,481
Posted By Matt Bell
13 January The next morning we found ourselves...

13 January

The next morning we found ourselves moored off the small harbour of Puerto Velasco, on the west side of Floreana. Our early morning landing at the small harbour brought us within touching...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Tuesday 8th September 2020, 19:41
Replies: 68
Views: 3,481
Posted By Matt Bell
12 January We’d booked a seven-night cruise....

12 January

We’d booked a seven-night cruise. These week-long cruises generally do one of two circuits. We were on the western circuit, which would take us south to Floreana Island, then west round...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Tuesday 8th September 2020, 18:24
Replies: 68
Views: 3,481
Posted By Matt Bell
Lots more Galapagos still to come, Deb!

Lots more Galapagos still to come, Deb!
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