When I heard about Frank Gardner's plans to go there, I thought oh how wonderful.... I'd love to do that.
Then I watched his programme and er.... nooo that's beyond me sadly. So I've satisfied myself with taking a picture of one on the television screen and my only poor sighting of a female Paradise Riflebird at O'Reilly's last year.
I've got my sights set on a return trip to Norway, for Spring birds. But doubt that will be next year.
Nice idea Andy. We'd planned to go to Thailand next month before the pandemic, so hoping we can go next year. Any Pitta would be fantastic, but I'd love to see a Blue - that was my personal target.
Indeed, and I think it's been building for a while. Hence the suspicion that it will be Jags first.
The advantage of Brazil is you get the holy trinity of jaguar, giant anteater and maned wolf - for me the smarted dog by some margin. and apart from the jaguars, it can be done independently. The maned wolf experience is rather bizarre but fantastic and the monastery one of my favourite places I've ever stayed. Give it two nights though as they didn't come on our second night so it is 'dippable'.
What is this specific place for Maned Wolf you speak of?
(Not going to comment on the topic itself, for the good of everyone.)
Tanzania and Uganda. I was meant to go to both this year. I was more excited about this year than I have been about any for a long, long time. I suspect Tanzania will be 2022 but I hope for Uganda in the UK summer.
Both of these countries are open for tourism today, as are many countries in eastern and southern Africa, with more to follow very shortly.
There are literally pages of reasons why any traveling, especially if it involves flying, may go south pretty quickly now. A country being "open" for tourism doesn't really mean much in practice. Yeah, the trip may turn out to be good, but it also may turn out pretty terrible, it's a gamble. I mean you may just simply lose all the money you paid if you happen to catch a random cold and denied boarding for just having elevated temperature. Or you may end up having to deal with covid in a random country with questionable healthcare, missing your flight back while in isolation. Not to mention that with the "hygiene theater" in place, a lot of the travel will be a pretty dreadful experience.
I think this thread would be a bit more upbeat if people just shared the dreams, without having to be told how "possible" it is right now.[/QUOTE]
That was my intention.