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  1. PeterBird

    Costa Rica: Laguna del lagarto

    My wife and I will be travelling in Costa Rica next February. One of the lodges we are spending a few days is Laguna del Lagarto. It is said to have good photo opportunities. I have een told, though, that the use of the photography platform will be $35 pp. That would mean $70 is we both want to...
  2. PeterBird

    ID Raptor Cape Town area

    This bird of prey was spotted over Fishhook, near Cape Town last February. In my view it is some sort of Goshawk, possibly a melanistic form. Compared to the Red-winged Starling in the picture it is quite large. That probably rules out the Gabar Goshawk. So could it be an African Goshawk or a...
  3. PeterBird

    Sri Lanka Jan/Feb 2016

    I have recently returned from a three-weeks' trip to Sri Lanka with my wife. A first-time visit for us, in fact a first-time visit to Asia. We wanted to get a good taste of the country and specifically its birds. Nothing like ' cleaning up the endemics' or anything like that. Just see a lot of...
  4. PeterBird

    Suggestions besides Farne

    We are going to spend a weekend in NE England in early June, to pay a (first-time) visit to the Farne Islands. Something we are really looking forward to! Any other birding suggestions for the rest of the weekend? We are staying just south of Newcastle. Thanks in advance! Peter
  5. PeterBird

    Trip report South Africa sept/oct 2014

    We had a great 4-week trip through some northern parts of South Africa. I posted the first part of our trip report here: http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?p=3103057#post3103057 Peter
  6. PeterBird

    South Africa sept/oct 2014

    From 22 September till19 October, my wife and I made a trip through several of the northern parks of South Africa, including a 4- nights stay in Tuli Block, Botswana. We had booked all accommodation in advance through Wild Wings Safaris ( based in SA) and also arranged for a Toyota Avanza as our...
  7. PeterBird

    Itinerary Sept/Oct 2014 and some questions

    After some health problems it now looks as if we are definitely going to do another trip to South Africa in September. Four weeks, no less! We have decided on this itinerary and already booked the accommodation: - Dullstroom - Gomo Gomo in Klaserie - Bateleur Bushveld camp in Kruger - Pafuri...
  8. PeterBird

    Cardinal diet

    I've been in Florida for a week and have enjoyed it so far. I'll post a trip report when I get back, but in the meantime just a photo of a Cardinal. Coming from Europe myself, they are new anyway, but even so I had not expected them to have this on their diet....! Peter
  9. PeterBird

    Boynton Beach

    Hi, My wife and I will be coming to Florida for two weeks at the end of this month. The first week we will be visiting the Gulf Coast (based in Marco Island) The second week we'll be joined by our son (not so much into birds...), with whom we will try and visit Miami, drive down the Keys for a...
  10. PeterBird

    Florida locations April/May

    My wife and I will be coming to Florida for the last week of April and the first week of May, a first- time visit. Our son is in the USA for a year, as part of his study and he'll be joining us for the second week to celebrate his 21st birthday. This, therefor is not strictly a birding trip...
  11. PeterBird

    iBook my Birds of Africa

    I thought it might be fun to create an iBook of all the birds I managed to take pictures of on my three trips to Africa(2007 to Tanzania and 2012 and 2013 to South Africa). Where the quality of the photos allowed it , I used the resolution for the retina screen and with each species I added the...
  12. PeterBird

    wakkerstroom, Mkhuze and more

    We returned two weeks ago from a three-weeks' trip through some northeastern parts of SA. We visited Wakkerstroom, Mkhuze, St Lucia, Hluhluwe and the Drakensbergen (Giant's Castle and Golden gate NP). As the year before it was a wonderful trip. I'll try and write up a report in the trip report...
  13. PeterBird

    Mkhuze in January

    After the helpful suggestions here earlier in the year I planned and booked a second visit to South Africa for my wife and I, starting the 19th of this month. We are visiting: Wakkerstroom Mkhuze St Lucia Hluhluwe Giant's Castle (even managed to book the vulture hide!) Golden Gate NP We went to...
  14. PeterBird

    SA plans for 2013

    Last January I made my first trip to SA and spent 3 weeks traveling in the north-east (trip report is here). We had such a good time that we are thinking about returning next January. We may visit Wakkerstroom and the St Lucia area again, but we were also looking at the Drakensbergen as a...
  15. PeterBird

    Help with some ID's

    I will continue my trip report in a few days' time, but in the meantime I would appreciate some help with ID's of the birds in the photos. I have added my thoughts, but I welcome suggestions from experienced SA birders. Thanks in advance. Peter 1. Croaking Cisticola ( I realize they're...
  16. PeterBird

    Trip report N.E. South Africa Jan 2012

    I'm trying to put together a trip report on our three weeks in SA in January. Not as extensive as some, but just to give you an idea, I'll add some photos here and there. First part is here: http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=223922 Peter
  17. PeterBird

    North East SA Jan 2012

    In January my wife and I set out on our first trip to South Africa. The first five days it would be just the two of us, later we would be joined by my sister and brother and their partners. This means that the focus was not completely on birds, though they, too, enjoyed the great variety in...
  18. PeterBird

    Back from my first trip

    I got back a week ago from my three-week trip through the N-E part of South Africa. What a fantastic country! Beautiful scenery, abundant birdlife and friendly people (well, the ones I met, anyway...;). Got a total of 225 species, which I am very happy with. I'll try and do a trip report over...
  19. PeterBird

    Trip to NE in januari 2012

    The thread about safari over Christmas got me a little worried (I posted this message before as a reply to that thread, which was not the cleverest thing to do, I suppose ;). We are contemplating a trip to South Afria (Wakkerstroom, St Lucia, Kruger) in January 2012. We don't have a real option...
  20. PeterBird

    Hello from the Netherlands

    I've been birdwatching on and off ever since I was in my teens (which is a long time ago I can assure you;)). A few years ago I took up photopraphy and that really added a new dimension. I've made some fabulous birding trips the last few years, to Costa Rica and Spain and preparing a new one to...