Posts Tagged ‘birding’
Well, that is the common understanding of the “navel of the earth” as the locals used to refer to one of the most isolated islands on earth, Easter Island or Rapa Nui. The perception is that human induced ecological collapse left a wasteland, a place empty of wildlife but full of archaeological riches. There are nuances, and new information about the ecological collapse idea, particularly that the co-culprit in the extinction of the local trees was the introduced Polynesian Rat, but that is another story. So how is it that a place that is empty of wildlife can become one of my favorite to use my Leicas in the world? Because it is magic!
If the name “Matt Daw” rings a bell, it is likely because he was behind the unbelievable video capture of the first ABA-area record of Rufous-necked Wood-Rail in Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in July 2013. But before he gained international fame as the videographer of a photo bombing marshbird, Matt was the 2006 ABA Young Birder of the Year and has been involved with birding and bird conservation for a number of years. Leica Birding Team member Jennie Duberstein caught up with him recently to find out what he’s been up to lately.
The crew went digiscoping in Crandon Park Beach on Key Biscayne, and took the Traveling Trinovid with them. There was a great assortment of shorebirds, gulls, and terns here. Some of these birds were easily separable from the other birds on the beach including this Dunlin that had a pure white feather on [...]
Our first host to carry the Traveling Trinovids in the field was Rangel Diaz. Rangel was the main guide for our digiscoping workshop and works as a naturalist for ECO-ADVENTURES in the Miami-Dade Parks so he knew exactly where to go at Crandon Park in Miami, Florida. A life long Floridian naturalist, Rangel pretty well [...]