I am having kit dilemmas. I want to see lots of birds. But I am coming with a non-bird watcher, a good friend of mine, but unconverted. The trip is in February.
How critical is a scope? I basically have too much stuff, and cannot bring it all. If I have a scope, I always use it, and as such I am very slow and tedious to a non-birder. I am thinking it will be better to leave it behind and bring 10x bins instead of 7x, and just hope I can get closer. Instead of a scope I could bring a camera.
I will be visiting Costanera Sur, of course, and then places nearby(ish) like Ceibas and Ribera Norte (where my guide will have a scope). I am also travelling to Bariloche and San Martin, do people think I will miss not having a scope here?
I would also like some birding advice for this region. We will be doing quite a lot of walking, but also have a car to go further afield. Will the birds be very different to BA region? The only book I have is the Narovsky 15th ed.
I am very much looking forward to the trip, I have never been before, unless there are sparrows, 100% of the birds will be new!
Any advice would be helpful, I read all the reports in this section already, including a great one from Martin in Cambridge.