I have now been at Regua nature reserve / Guapi Assu Bird Lodge for 2 weeks now. Everyone here is lovely and all the Volunteers are European mostly British. We have to do our own projects and help with general maintenance. I am spending my days and some nights walking the main trails finding cool insects etc sadly yet nothing new or rare yet but at my rate it will happen.
Although it is primarily a Birding Lodge it is really important to appreciate and understand the full diversity and the roles that each species has to play, without certain plants or insect species many birds would not be able to survive.
I am compiling a photo database of the non bird wildlife for them. You do get some fantastic birders like Sally and Chris Thornburn from Greenwich who appreciate all nature but you get others who just care about the birds. And I hope my photos will open peoples eyes and educate them too the wider diversity and the roles played.
Now yes there are other good photographers there but to do what I am doing you need a good eye for detail, a lot of the insects are small or hidden. You also need patience, passion, time a decent camera ( a decent bridge camera will do) and of course Talent – now I’m not being big headed both Nicholas and Raquel( the administrators ) think I’m amazing at what I am doing and want me back.
You can spend a few thousand on a good camera and lens but if you don’t have the skill, passion for the subject of your photo or understand the subjects behaviour then you won’t get a good photo.
Also I wish this was not the case but over the years I have come across a fair number of arrogant British birders. We can no longer treat wildlife the way the Victorians did. So if you get a good photo of something rare or unusual behaviour, don’t just have on your hard drive collecting dust. Copyright it and share it with others through sites like Flickr etc and let the Reserve where you took it use it if they wish (they will credit you). Its only through sharing information etc can we learn to protect more species from extinction. The human race is the biggest disease to the Earth.
Categories: Brazil, Regua
Tags: Arrogance, Birders, Birding, Birds, Brazil, Bridge Camera, Earth, Extinction, Guapi Assu Bird Lodge, Nature, Passion, Protection, Regua, Skill, Talent, Travel, Victorian, Volunteer, Volunteering, Wildlife
Have had an amazing week in Río, Made lots of new friends and contacts from all over including some other Scots. The El Misti Hostel has been fantastic always lots going on. Rio itself is not the prettiest of citys as its a bit of a concrete jungle. But every street especially in Ipanema has large trees which keeps it cool and the birds are louder than the traffic. Rio also has Tijuca National Park, which is the largest urban forest in the world and sustains a large diversity of wildlife.
All the tours have been amazing but The Favela Tour was my highlight, I highly recommend it. When I come back I am planning to work as a Volunteer in the Children’s centre in the Favela.
I’m now in Brazil until September. Looking forward to it in an nervously excited way as it’s my 1st time here and its a new language, luckily with some similarities to Latin American Spanish. The flights were good and the highlight was being able to watch the plane land. The plane to Rio had 2 cameras on the nose one facing forward and the other one facing down. You could watch these on your personal tv screen.
It’s now my second time in Ecuador and most definitely will not be my last its a lovely beautiful country. I feel at peace and at home here, and I can see myself living here within 5 years. Spanish in Ecuador is nice too the ear rather tuneful if that makes any sense.
As for the people on a whole they are very welcoming and really touched that people wish too come and volunteer in their country, of course you get the usual idiots and trouble makers. But lets be honest you get them anywhere, you just have to be street smart and know when to avoid eye contact. Ecuador does have issues after all it’s a developing country. For me its this rawness that gives Ecuador its charm as well as you still see a lot of you girls and women wearing traditional dress everyday.
On the way back to Quitó I’ve stopped off at Papallacta which is a small mountain village famous for it’s Hot Springs which are special as the are at 3300m. Everything about Termas is just pure bliss. If you’re ever passing you have to go.
After a long day traveling. Which could of been a sequel to the film Planes, Trains and Automobiles, I’m happily now back in hostel.