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2017′s 1-17

As we sit on the cusp of another new year, another notch in the bark, another eye over the shoulder that makes all of us ponder our existence for a brief moment - it's that customary time of sharing "best of", or as social media would have it called "most popular". Because popularity is a thing that we use to measure ourselves, for reasons that are understood but yet make little sense. It's that time of year when we all try to make our existence seem as grand as humanly (or inhumanly) possible. Only for prying eyes, of course. Because that's what matters. As photographers, we're lucky that a camera...

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Bioblitz 2017

Bioblitz this year for us was indeed a blitz. We got there (Icacos - south-western tip of Trinidad) somewhere between three and four in the morning. Missing the previous afternoon's session due to another engagement, we were determined to make some sort of meaningful contribution nevertheless. Even though it was still within what would be termed the dead of night, we recorded our first species. Common Pauraques sat intermittently on the roadway, under streetlights to maximise their productivity. No other nocturnal birds, though. The crack of dawn found us along one of the trails, identifying...

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Merry Christmas (Bird Count) 2017

While birdwatching might be getting trendy of late, the Audubon Christmas Bird Count has been in existence since 1901. Which enhances the hipster appeal, or so I'm told. Personally, I've been participating in this count for six years - and I've been leading my own group for three of those. Our area is the Aripo Livestock Station, which has been for a number of years a hotspot for birdwatching. It's been an accessible location to get great views of Red-breasted Meadowlarks, Pinnated Bitterns, Ruddy-breasted Seedeaters and Grassland Yellow Finches - especially for folks who are staying at Asa Wright...

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Good News, Everyone!

Futurama reference aside, I'm happy to announce that I'm finally taking orders for my 2018 calendar. 2017 has been a great year for me and I've had many memorable missions during our last revolution around the sun (sorry, flat earthers). During this year I've shared most, if not all of my best images with you - and for that I am eternally grateful. Thank you for giving this blog a glance now and then, a slight nod of approval, a share on social media - whatever it may be, I am deeply appreciative. All of the images on the 2018 calendar are from this year - fresh and never printed before. All of them...

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Testament to Tardiness

Sometimes when I get a little time to organize my life, I try my best. When it comes to the blog, if I have a backlog of images I tend to sort them into loose blog posts, which means that I toss pictures I'd like to publish together into a haphazardly named folder. They are all sorted chronologically, so I would know what's next and what's been covered already. In this case, the images for this blog article were in a folder entitled "migrants from the south". Now I'll give you some context. T&T, being a tropical country, is afforded the luxury of enjoying migratory species from both northern...

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