Must-do Birding Rituals I: Pay our dues in the rain, building up birding credit for some spectacular endemics to come. Photo by guide Bret Whitney on Spectacular Southeast Brazil.
Must-do Birding Rituals II: Stand in a wild place at sunrise (Pureora, New Zealand, in this case) waiting for that first something to happen. Photo by guide Dan Lane.
Must-do Birding Rituals III: Follow your guides onto a mode of transport you'd probably never board at home...but the birds await! Photo by guide Doug Gochfeld at Van Long, Vietnam.
Must-do Birding Rituals IV: Defy foliage physics and train eyes and binoculars to weave around and between leaves to reach target visual! Photo by guide Doug Gochfeld at Cat Tien, Vietnam.
Selfie, please: It's impossible for guide Dave Stejskal to travel anywhere incognito, even Vietnam! Guide Doug Gochfeld had to capture the moment.
Clearly, it is going to be another day of granola bars and trail mix (NOT!) for lunch in the field on the Northern Peru: Endemics Galore tour. Photo by guide Richard Webster.
Last month we bemoaned the required birder's sewage pond attire. This month it's gaudy pelagic wear! Guide Willy Perez and group scan the seas off Valparaiso, Chile. We hope seabirds like orange. Photo by participant Daphne Gemmill.
Well, if we have to wear funny hats and occasionally life jackets, at least we get to bird some spectacular places! El Yeso Valley, Chile, photographed by participant Daphne Gemmill.
Our group on serious scan duty in the high southern grasslands of Spectacular Southeast Brazil. Photo by guide Bret Whitney.
When we're not scanning those high southern Brazilian grasslands, there are some amazing other things waiting to grab an eye...these are sempre-vivas ("always alive") flowers. Photo by guide Bret Whitney.
What, a stealth birds-and-wine tour? Guides Bret Whitney and Marcelo Padua and group got to do a little tasting...far-southern Brazil is wine country! Photo by Bret.
Group shadows at sunset vigil ahead of our Giant Snipe hunt on Spectacular Southeast Brazil. Photo by guide Bret Whitney.
Guide Jesse Fagan makes friends wherever he goes -- always! Photo from our Colombia: Llanos & More tour by local guide Andres Trujillo.
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