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CUCKOO!

My time in Borneo, like many of my trips, is focused on seeing certain cats. Of course I don’t ignore birds on such trip, but I also try to see as many as possible. It’s already been an excellent trip with the special endemic Bristlehead, but I was also succesful in seeing all hornbills, definitely one of my favourite birdfamily on the planet. Now I am at the Kinabatang river and the goal is to get a Bornean Ground Cuckoo. This is an extremely elusive bird of the rainforest that you don’t get to hear that often and to see much less. So a real challenge!

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Headlights in the mist

‘Shall we drink some coffee?’ ‘No, let’s wait a bit longer’. There are those little things that cause you to be in a certain place at a certain time. A short stop because it rains and you want to put on some raingear, waiting for a second to check out some eyeshine just in case it’s something more exciting than a flying squirrel and indeed waiting a bit longer for some coffee. All those things can make the difference between just missing out on a species and having a spectacular sighting.

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Milkyway in the Andes

If you want to take photos of the stars it’s of course nice when it’s not too cloudy. If you are somewhere between April and December in the Chilean Andes you’re in the right place, then it is the dry season so that means almost no rains. No rains means no clouds and clear skies. The other advantage is that you can easily drive up to 4000 meters or higher which places you that much closer to the stars and also means less light pollution. If you’re in the Andes it’s therefore not a bad idea to take some pictures of those beautiful star skies!

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Solar eclipse in the Atacama desert

After a couple of great weeks in Patagonia we are back in Santiago. Not that there is much to be seen here, the real spectacle is still 500 kilometres away! When the planning of my travels was already taking a lot of shape, I suddenly found out that on July the 2nd there would be a solar eclipse. I didn’t want to really turn my schedule upside down, it was about animals after all, but experiencing a solar eclipse also sounded like a cool thing to do. In the end the trip started in Chilean Patagonia which would make it a shame if we would skip a solar eclipse in that same Chile. So we didn’t and we did not have any regrets!

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Patagonian landscapes

Patagonia has more to offer than just animals, the landscapes are pretty nice too. I also wanted to show something of that. Torres del Paine looks nice both during the day and the night. I put some photos of landscapes in the gallery below.

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Camelidspecial!

Wild camelids actually only occur in a few places in the world. If you think you can find them in the Middle-East or somewhere near the Sahara you’re wrong: those are all domesticated. Mongolia has the Wild Bactrian Camel, you’ll have to go to South-America to see the other two. Because I saw them a lot there, I wanted to give them some special attention.

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Birds of Patagonia

The main purpose of my visit to Patagonia was seeing puma’s. That worked out fine, but of course I always do my best to see birds as well. Patagonia has some really cool specialties like Magellanic Plover and Magellanic Woodpecker. This blog however does not concern these species because I couldn’t find them… Luckily there are also other interesting birds, I will show a selection of my photo’s below and I’ll say something about them.

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Torres del Puma’s!

Two years ago I already started planning this trip, I always wanted to do a long trip when I would be finished studying. In that time my ideas about the planning of the trip have continually changed, but eventually there was a plan! Now the time is finally there: a trip of three months through South-America had started! My plan is to visit three countries: Chile, Bolivia and Peru. Of course one goal is to work on my cat list, but I also want to improve my Spanish and I’ve got my eye on a few birds. The trip starts at the most Southern airfield of Chile: Punta Arenas. The destination of this part of the trip is Torres del Paine, a park that is supposed to be the best place in the world to see puma’s.

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The night is dark and (sometimes) full of animals!

We’re in the Western Sahara searching for a Sand Cat. You can read more about that here. The way to see it is to drive the road between Dakhla and Aousserd up and down at night and then spotlight in the desert hoping to encounter a Sand Cat or another nocturnal animal.

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Birds of the Western Sahara

A little while ago I was in the Western Sahara looking for a new cat species: Sand Cat! Although searching for the cat mostly means going out at night, naturally we also went out during the day. Birding is namely mostly done during the day and less during the night. There aren’t a lot of birds in the Sahara but the birds that do live here are top notch! Many birders get very happy when they see these birds and I was no different.

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