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    Birding Snapshot Good To Know Signature Moments Our small group tours for avid birders range from spring migration in Canada to neo tropical bird watching in Trinidad and Tobago and more Snapshot Good To Know Signature Moments A visit to Trinidad and Tobago serves as an excellent and relaxed introduction to tropical birding Snapshot Good To Know Signature Moments Boating through the Caroni Swamp Standing on the southernmost tip of mainland Canada Birding In Search of Whoopers Sep 28 Oct 02 2016 5 days Birding Ontario Nature is Going to Panama Oct 25 Nov 02 2016 9 days Birding Trinidad Tobago A Tropical Birding Hotspot Mar 03 12 2017 10 days Questions Ready to book Call 1 800 387 1483 or email us Visit us at 491 King Street East Toronto Ontario Canada M5A 1L9 View Map TICO Reg 2667946 Sign Up for our Newsletter Great travel articles and specials all sent directly to your inbox Sign up today Order Your Catalogues Here All our greatest adventures in one place Request our catalogue Worldwide Quest operates custom designed tours in natural history culture and the arts on all seven continents Worldwide Quest offers a series of small group tours led

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    the fruit feeders at the lodges where we stayed and were a frequent sight on our hikes More elusive in our search was the third species the Emerald Toucanet This smallest of the three toucans has stunning lime green body feathers and a large bill with a brilliant yellow stripe We would eventually be successful in our goal but it wasn t easy We were in Tikal National Park in Guatemala and we heard that there was an active Emerald Toucanet nest in an old woodpecker hole near Temple 1 in the Gran Plaza yes toucans are cavity nesters We checked the hole several times during the day but missed seeing the occupant each time Disappointed we thought it had eluded us However the next day on our early morning walk two green birds with a large streak of yellow on huge bills flew quickly into some fruiting trees There in front of us at eye level were two Emerald Toucanets to enjoy We watched in delight as these handsome birds feasted on small fruit We will cherish the memory of seeing Emerald Toucanets because they rounded out our three toucan day bringing our search to a successful end Seeing toucans is just one of many morsels from our Belize and Guatemala tour Click here to learn more about our next adventure Recent Articles Lynette Husum on Why would you ever want to go to India Hotels in South India You May Never Want to Leave Quest will be at the Festival of Birds From Vegas to the Copper Canyon on the Wings of a Small Reddish brown Bird Private Journey Testimonials Secrets of the Sound A Winter Birding Challenge Looking Back on Evolution Gone Wild in Madagascar Iceland an Unlikely Nation Going with the Floe Featured Photo Powder Puff

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    The roasted beans are ground in a mortar and pestle and the ground coffee stirred into a clay coffee pot filled with water and boiled over the charcoal burner The coffee is served in small china cups taken with plenty of sugar and usually accompanied by a snack of popcorn Traditionally a guest is served three cups of coffee it s tempting but I found one cup provided just the right delicious jolt 5 Orthodox Priests Ethiopian Orthodox priests are guardians of the Holy of Holys the inner sanctum of each church where traditionally a copy of the Ark of the Covenant is kept Priests will open up the churches and happily discourse with you in Amharic about their lives and their roles in contemporary Ethiopian life Grand gold processional crosses are always part of the priest s accoutrements and they are truly spectacular 4 Gheralta Lodge and Ben Abeba Restaurant There are lovely places to stay and dine in Ethopia One of my favourite hotels is the Gheralta Lodge run by an Italian couple the lodge is set in the most spectacular scenic location overlooking the mountains Accommodation is in stone cottages with comfortable beds and all the hot water you need One of most unusual restaurants I enjoyed is run by a Scottish teacher and her Ethiopian partner named Ben Abeba to recall Scottish mountains And the food is terrific 3 Drums You ll find drums in every church they accompany the religious chanting that is part of every religious service They are usually double headed with a piece of animal hide stretched over each end Church music is often accompanied by a sistrum consisting of a handle and U shaped metal frame which when shaken the small rings or loops of thin metal on its movable crossbars produce a sound that can be from a soft clank to a loud jangling Together they produce the most marvellous sounds 2 Meeting Michael s friends at Yemrehanna Kristos Part of my job when scouting out our tours is to go everywhere our travellers will go so that I can report back on details both practical road conditions how far the walk is is there a bathroom and inspirational what do we experience when we get there Yemrehanna Kristos was truly inspirational The drive from Lalibela is about two hours over unpaved gravel road and then over dirt track fortunately all of this through gorgeous scenery and empty of traffic From where my jeep let me out there is a 45 minute walk through a juniper forest to reach the site And when I did wow Instead of a rock hewn church I saw a freestanding church built in an overhanging cave constructed of layers of wood and white faced granite with large windows carved in cross shapes And the best part I introduced myself to the priest in charge and told him that Michael Gervers had recommended I visit Yes of course he said Michael is a friend he

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    prepare you for field situations Stay calm move very slowly and take your time Preset your camera to the settings you anticipate but pay attention to the information displayed in your viewfinder and adjust your settings according to the situation As you approach your subject pretend that you re not interested Avoid prolonged eye contact with them Look away from your subject only looking at it periodically and only for moments at a time However looking at your subject through the viewfinder is OK Your eyes and consequently your prolonged eye contact will be hidden behind the camera Avoid moving in a direct line toward your subject Meander slowly in a random direction Take a few steps backwards and sideways as well as forward Avoid loud or abrupt noises as you move Watch where you step Avoid quick or abrupt movements Approach slowly gracefully and with fluid motion Take photos from a distance to get your subjects used to the sounds of the camera and to get you into a rhythm with the situation Continue to take photos as you approach You can always delete the mediocre ones later Although digital photography is relatively easy there s no substitute for practice practice practice then practice some more Not all wildlife will allow you to get close But with good fieldcraft you will greatly improve your chances of filling your camera s frame with beautiful subjects Although the dramatic scenery of Patagonia gets me excited my highest hopes are to encounter some cooperative Andean Condors on our photo tour this December Recent Articles Lynette Husum on Why would you ever want to go to India Hotels in South India You May Never Want to Leave Quest will be at the Festival of Birds From Vegas to the Copper Canyon on the

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    on the grounds of the former Governor of Burma Residence in Pwin Oo Lwin formerly known as Maymyo During the hot summer months the British Colonial Government would move from Rangoon to Maymyo because of its cooler climate in the hills During World War 2 the original structures were destroyed for some reason recently rebuild by business tycoon Tay Za We decided to symbolically take back the Governor s Residence for Canada by singing the national anthem on the front steps The group picture and flag was my idea Peter Tasker added the singing component and all group members joined in hence our mouths all open first in English then followed by a couplet or two in French Recent Articles Lynette Husum on Why would you ever want to go to India Hotels in South India You May Never Want to Leave Quest will be at the Festival of Birds From Vegas to the Copper Canyon on the Wings of a Small Reddish brown Bird Private Journey Testimonials Secrets of the Sound A Winter Birding Challenge Looking Back on Evolution Gone Wild in Madagascar Iceland an Unlikely Nation Going with the Floe Featured Photo Powder Puff plant taken by tour leader Glenn Barrett in Cuba We Want To Hear From You Have a travel tip or news item you want to share with us Please send us an email with the details and if we can credit you for providing us with the info Questions Ready to book Call 1 800 387 1483 or email us Visit us at 491 King Street East Toronto Ontario Canada M5A 1L9 View Map TICO Reg 2667946 Sign Up for our Newsletter Great travel articles and specials all sent directly to your inbox Sign up today Order Your Catalogues Here All our greatest adventures

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    our guide said very calmly There is a Jaguar on your left coming to the river to drink With as much calmness as I could muster I aimed the camera towards the shore and started to click away I knew my wildlife colleagues would not believe that we saw a real Jaguar living wild and free We watched him move a little to the right and then he drank He was noisy like a cat and lapped water for several minutes One Jaguar was not enough and we continued to motor along the river quietly as we searched for more Our next sighting was this female She was just resting along the river bank perhaps already having had a drink perhaps just taking it easy during the heat of the day As we watched her we were surprised to see the male that we had seen earlier approach her The male s intentions were clear He was looking to mate As in all of nature it takes two to complete the biological imperative but this female was in no mood to breed She let him know with her very clear verbal signals and growls In this picture you can just see the male s nose near the center bottom He took his rejection with good grace and went a few metres away and adopted an attitude of expectation Perhaps his time would come at another place and on another day For a wildlife biologist like me and the other Quest travellers this was a thrilling sight and one that will stay with us for a long time You have the opportunity to visit Brazil this November Recent Articles Lynette Husum on Why would you ever want to go to India Hotels in South India You May Never Want to Leave

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    our second cooking class The exercise was great after eating our amazing lunch which we helped to prepare The picture in the cooking class is of grilled fish marinated in lemon grass and other spices Amazing dish Loving Vietnam and especially visiting the north part of Vietnam Recent Articles Lynette Husum on Why would you ever want to go to India Hotels in South India You May Never Want to Leave Quest will be at the Festival of Birds From Vegas to the Copper Canyon on the Wings of a Small Reddish brown Bird Private Journey Testimonials Secrets of the Sound A Winter Birding Challenge Looking Back on Evolution Gone Wild in Madagascar Iceland an Unlikely Nation Going with the Floe Featured Photo Powder Puff plant taken by tour leader Glenn Barrett in Cuba We Want To Hear From You Have a travel tip or news item you want to share with us Please send us an email with the details and if we can credit you for providing us with the info Questions Ready to book Call 1 800 387 1483 or email us Visit us at 491 King Street East Toronto Ontario Canada M5A 1L9 View Map TICO

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    particularly memorable moments that I d like to share Part of the adventure involves a boat ride on the Kinabatangan River to look for birds reptiles and mammals On one of these rides we encountered a herd of Pygmy Elephants feeding along the shore It was unforgettable to watch the behemoths tugging on the Elephant Grass and forcing it into their mouths using their trunks as a spoon At one point one looked at us raised it trunk and trumpeted unforgettable Later in the trip we relaxed in the Jacuzzi at Danum while tiny fish nibbled our toes and gave us the best most relaxing foot tingle massage ever I highly recommend a trip to Borneo with Quest Nature Tours Recent Articles Lynette Husum on Why would you ever want to go to India Hotels in South India You May Never Want to Leave Quest will be at the Festival of Birds From Vegas to the Copper Canyon on the Wings of a Small Reddish brown Bird Private Journey Testimonials Secrets of the Sound A Winter Birding Challenge Looking Back on Evolution Gone Wild in Madagascar Iceland an Unlikely Nation Going with the Floe Featured Photo Powder Puff plant taken by tour leader Glenn Barrett in Cuba We Want To Hear From You Have a travel tip or news item you want to share with us Please send us an email with the details and if we can credit you for providing us with the info Questions Ready to book Call 1 800 387 1483 or email us Visit us at 491 King Street East Toronto Ontario Canada M5A 1L9 View Map TICO Reg 2667946 Sign Up for our Newsletter Great travel articles and specials all sent directly to your inbox Sign up today Order Your Catalogues Here All our

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