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Mar 4, 2020 - Day 33

I did get up at 4:15am. My driver: the brother of Andres came at 5:30am. He is only 25. We started up the mountain. At one place we stopped to look for birds and saw 5 Kael-billed Toucans on the same tree. This is a large toucan with a multi-colored large bill. They were talking to each other and playing with each other. Not far we found a tree full of Scarlet-fronted Parakeet. They are a noisy bunch. The most productive is at a place called Tienda (shop) on the way to el Dorado lodge and reserve. They had several banana feeders and...

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Mar 3, 2020 - Day 32

The guide came at 6:00am and I hopped on his motorcycle to start to head uphill to the mountains. He said his name is Richard, can speak English and knows the English, Spanish and Latin names of the birds. He is about mid-30th , mid-size and has a strong build. I told him that I rode motorcycle one once on a police motorcycle for less than 30 minutes. With the steep rocky dirt mountain road, I felt unbalanced with a heavy camera. I had no choice but to hold on his shoulder. At some places I was so scared that I simply closed my eyes. After...

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Mar 2, 2020 - Day 31

Since my host at Minca cannot check me in until 1:00pm, I have the whole morning in Santa Marta. I went back to the Parque Novio to try to get a photo of the Caribe Grackle together with the Great-tailed Grackle for comparison. Both are totally black bird with white eyes. But their size is very different and the tail shape is different. I saw both together yesterday. But no luck today. There was no Great-tailed Grackle to be found there. Then, I went to the Marina to try to film the Magnificent Frigatebird. There were lots flying low...

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Apr 1, 2011 - Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta - Colombia

April 1, 2011 Three days ago we hired a guide from Minca; a small village at the foot of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Minca sits at approximately 600m and is home to a few thousand. We wanted him to take us to a Wiwa village deep within the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. These peoples have been virtually isolated from western civilization for centuries and have only recently allowed ‘younger bothers’ into their world. The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is an isolated mountain range apart from the Andes chain that runs through Colombia....

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