Birding the Sierra Gorda, Mexico – Part Nine

Originally posted on The Experienced Intermediate Birder:
DAY TEN – XILITLA AND HUICHIHUAYÁNOne of the slightly eccentric but creative and pragmatic features of the Hotel Tapasoli is the nests (nidos) that are available as a lower budget alternative to the cabañas. Rodrigo was spotted this morning perched on the edge of his nido. Rodrigo at his nest Cozy interior of a nido We’d already had… Continue reading Birding the Sierra Gorda, Mexico – Part Nine

Birding the Sierra Gorda Biosphere, Mexico – Part Seven

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Cloud Forest DAY EIGHT – NEBLINASWe left Hotel Villabilbo early in the morning. Our destination was the village of Neblinas, high up in the cloud forest and, after carefully navigating a winding road along sheer drops, we stopped to bird. Two new birders joined us for the day, brothers Jair and Tito Garay. Both work with Juan Manuel… Continue reading Birding the Sierra Gorda Biosphere, Mexico – Part Seven

Birding the Sierra Gorda Biosphere, Mexico – Part Six

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View from the terrace, Hotel Villabilbo, Mexico Breakfast DAY SEVEN – JALPAN DE SERRABreakfast with a view! We were joined by Juan Manuel Salazar Torres. Juan Manuel has an extensive resume of environmental research and administration. From 2016 to date, he’s been Deputy Director of the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve and promotes the knowledge of its’ biodiversity through… Continue reading Birding the Sierra Gorda Biosphere, Mexico – Part Six

Birding the Sierra Gorda Biosphere, Mexico – Part Five

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DAY SIX – JALPAN DE SERRAWe’d dropped off Álvaro (we would miss him) for his ride home and checked in to Hotel Villabilbo on the evening of Day Five. The hotel is an attractive conglomeration of rooms and cabañas scattered across a hillside overlooking the Presa Jalpan. The presa is a reservoir/lake created decades ago by damming a… Continue reading Birding the Sierra Gorda Biosphere, Mexico – Part Five

Birding the Sierra Gorda Biosphere, Mexico – Part Eight

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Xilitla from the hotel DAY NINE – XILITLADo you remember my soaking wet hiking shoes from the ill-advised river crossing two days ago? They never did dry. However, when you have a wonderful, thoughtful guide like Rodrigo Lopez, problems get solved. Before bed the previous evening, Rodrigo knocked on the door and presented me with a bag of… Continue reading Birding the Sierra Gorda Biosphere, Mexico – Part Eight

HERMANUS BIRD CLUB CHRISTMAS PARTY 2021

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A merry band of birders gathered around at the Country Market to celebrate … just being. Being together, being alive, being at peace. The Bird Club banner was flying proudly, and Barbara P and Graham had decorated the tables with golden and silver pine cones, and swatches of pine needles. Bottles of wine and other bubbly drinks were opened,… Continue reading HERMANUS BIRD CLUB CHRISTMAS PARTY 2021

Outing to Harold Porter and Stony Point

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On Thursday 13 January, Ronnie will lead an outing to the Harold Porter Reserve and the Penguin colony at Stony Point. This will provide a good opportunity to members wishing to add some species to their ‘Beyond the High Water Mark’ challenge, as well as a chance see some of the Fynbos species that occur in the Harold Porter… Continue reading Outing to Harold Porter and Stony Point