Birding in Bishan Park Singapore When: March 2020 Weather Hot 28C 830am With the COVID19 rampant, I had more time on my hands so I joined a Nature Society Singapore nature and music event at Bishan Park … Continue reading
Bolsa Chica with an Audubon guide When: January 2020 Weather: Cool. 12C Nikon P900 As it happened, I had a morning free which coincided with one of the Sea and Sage Audubon Society of Orange County’s … Continue reading
The International Birding & Research Centre Eilat, IBRCE When: January 2020 Weather: Cold 12-15C Leica M10P 35mm Summilux. Nikon P900 Eilat at the southern tip of Israel sits on the northern shore of the Gulf … Continue reading
Rosh Tzippor Birdwatching Centre,Tel Aviv When: January 2020 Weather: Cool 15C Leica M10P 35mm Summilux Nikon P900 Just a 15 min cab ride from our hotel, The Tal Hotel, is a bird sanctuary … Continue reading
Daxueshan revisited When: December 2019 Weather: 8-18C Nikon P900. Leica M10P 35mm Summilux Last year when I was here, we did a day trip from Taipei and whilst we did see a reasonable … Continue reading
Taipei and Yangmingshan When: December 2019 Weather: Cool 15C Leica M10P 35mm summilux and Nikon P900 A brief visit to Taipei saw us make a visit up Yangmingshan, a hilly reserve just outside Taipei….my only memory from a previous … Continue reading
Johannesburg stopover : Rietvlei (Pronounced as Reet : fly) Nature Reserve When: December 2019 Weather: Cool 20C Nikon P900. Leica M10P 35mm summilux Our route from Sao Paulo back to Singapore took us via a … Continue reading
Day trip to Iguassu Waterfalls When: November 2019 Weather: Hot 30C Leica M10P 35 summilux and 15mm Voigtlander. Nikon P900 Back in Sao Paulo after our Pantanal and Amazonia adventure, we did a … Continue reading
Cristalino and the journey back (4)
When: November 2019 Weather: Hot 30C
Leica M10P 35mm Summilux and 15mm Voigtlander. Nikon P900
Our three night stay in Cristalino Lodge came to an end all too soon but we had one last morning…so we used it to pay one more visit to the 50m observation tower followed by an exploration of the nearby areas to look for the snowy browed manakin and trumpeter….before our boat trip back to civilisation and Alta Floresta….
Heading up to the observation tower again at 5am to catch the sunrise…
Even though it was nigh our departure time, we went seeking the snow capped manikin….alas it was so skittish that although we found it all we got was a glimpse but no photographic record….
So back to the lodge to pack and get ready to leave…we still had time to see..
Departing the lodge on the boat, Jess and Christian piloted us one last time down the Rio Cristalino and Rio Teles Pires……here’s a tip…bring your camera on the boat….
As we departed the river by car, there were several other sightings but unfortunately our driver this time was not so minded to stop for us to shoot….and just when we thought we were done with shooting, we arrived at the Amazonica Floresta Hotel to settle our outstanding Cristalino Lodge bills and have lunch….this is an oldish hotel with a small garden but backed by some forest…..
So our grand Pantanal/Amazon adventure ended after 6 nights with nearly 200 species sighted/photographed….truly a birdwatchers’ paradise. It is an extremely long trek for birders from Asia; reckon on 24-30 hours getting to Sao Paulo and then another half a day’s travelling to get to the Pantanal and Amazonia. Both were worth going to..the Pantanal for easier sightings but more basic accommodation and food…Cristalino for more scenic surroundings, better food and arguably more spectacular bird sightings. I’d wait for Cristalino Lodge to install air conditioning before going…it was otherwise just the perfect location. Highly recommended!
Cristalino River (3) Amazonia : long post…. When: November 2019 Weather: Hot 30C Leica M10P 35mm Summilux. Nikon P900 The Cristalino Lodge is named after the Rio Cristalino which feeds into the Teles … Continue reading