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Getting High

Trinidad is home to the extreme northernmost outcrop of the mighty Andes mountain chain, after the dragon flicks its tail in Colombia and Venezuela, one can see the mountains leave the latter, dip into the ocean and re-emerge as the scattered islands of the Bocas which lead up to the northwest end of the Northern Range - which in turn extends across the island. If you have problems visualizing this, take a boat "down the islands" and see for yourself - it's guaranteed to amaze and put things into perspective a bit. From a birding perspective, these hills on Trinidad are a complete treasure...

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Mother’s Love (If You Hate Cute Pictures Look Away Now)

It's been said that the love of a mother is undying. We judge, praise, scorn and vilify various types of mothers based on our own perception of what motherhood should be. Sure enough, some of the images within this post are bound to conjure familiar feelings - especially with the primates - but what really is motherhood? Is what we feel unique to us? Given that everything in nature can be scaled both up and down infinitely, let's look at the general process involved in bringing the next generation into the world - albeit in a grossly simplified manner. There is typically a stage of tender love,...

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Celebrating Commonality

A slightly different version of this article was published in the Tobago Newsday a few days ago. This is the original piece. You can view the equivalent of a radio edit here.   As birders, we’re often jaded when it comes to birds we’ve grown accustomed to. As human beings, this occurs as well, except not with birds but with other facets of our lives. So much so that a saying has been coined to counteract this very phenomenon: “one man’s trash is another’s treasure” Why then has it become such second nature to take things for granted? Have we evolved into a wholly superficial...

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