Jan 222017
How the world's smallest birds survive the winter

As the smallest birds on Earth, hummingbirds may seem frail—so it’s not surprising Donovan Nixon asked Weird Animal Question of the Week how they cope with winter. Turns out these airborne jewels are as tough as diamonds. In cold weather, hummingbird bodies enter into an “energy-conservation mode called torpor,” according to Oregon State ecologist Adam […]

Dec 142015
South Georgia and Falklands Trip Report

On October 29th I packed my bags for a trip of a lifetime to perhaps the most remote place I have ever been – South Georgia Island. Before this trip I had never been anywhere close to this far south. I had never been so far out at sea. And I had definitely never seen […]

Mar 022015
Post Processing - A Guide for Nature Photographers by Glenn Bartley

Learn the fundamentals of the digital darkroom. Take your image editing to the next level and save yourself time in the process! The era of digital photography has brought tremendous advantages to bird and wildlife photographers. The ability to take hundreds or thousands of photos in one day allows us to continually raise the bar […]

Feb 132015
Top 10 Reasons to Visit Peru

#1.Peru’s national bird – The Andean Cock of the Rock Perhaps the #1 reason to visit Peru this fall is to see these incredible birds displaying at their lek site. On past tours we have had up to 15 males displaying in a truly unforgettable spectacle.     #2.Machu Picchu Some places simply must be […]

Dec 292014
Cuba Trip Report

What a thrill to spend these past three weeks on the beautiful island of Cuba. I can’t say enough about the fantastic country, its friendly people and of course the many great wildlife photography opportunities.  I am very happy to have had the experience of travelling around this country before it changes. In some ways […]

Mar 102014
Ecuador 2014 Trip Report

I’ve been home from Ecuador for a few weeks now and thought it was time to reminisce about the wonderful month that my groups and I got to spend in the incredibly bird-rich nation ofEcuador. This was my fifth visit toEcuadorand despite the fact that I have now spent more than 12 months in the […]

Dec 162013
Brazil Trip Report 2013

Bright and early on the morning of Halloween I boarded a flight from Victoria on its way to the south-eastern part of Brazil. My targets were the many beautiful birds that reside in the Atlantic rainforest. Because most of the time I have spent in South America has been in the Andes this trip opened […]

Oct 262013
Peru Photo Trip Report

At the end of August I headed down toPeruto lead two photo workshops into Manu National Park. Manu is one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet and is home to more than 1000 species of birds. There are some truly spectacular species in this park and we saw and photographed many of […]

Jul 102013
Pollutants Threaten Iconic Canadian Bird

The future looks uncertain for one of the most beloved symbols of the Canadian wilderness, according to a new report from Bird Studies Canada (BirdLife co-Partner in Canada). The Canadian Lakes Loon Survey 1981-2012 reveals troubling trends for the Common Loon. Pollution (in the form of mercury and acid precipitation) is the suspected cause. Currently […]

Jun 242013
North American Birds Declining as Threats Mount

Throughout the year, birders look forward to changing seasons and avian scenes as they explore woods, grasslands, and wetlands: the spectacle of spring migration, the songs of breeding birds, the autumn southward flight of wintering species from northern nesting grounds. Increasingly, though, both casual bird-watchers and ornithologists note a steady decline in numbers—not just of […]

Mar 042013
Ecuador Trip Report 2013

I have just returned from a wonderful month leading two photo workshops in the incredibly bird-rich nation of Ecuador. This was my fourth visit to Ecuador and despite the fact that I have now spent more than 9 months in the beautiful Andean nation the bird life continues to amaze me.I keep expecting that at […]