Adventure Travel Blogging
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This month our expert travel specialists at Wildland Adventures are sharing blog reviews of their favorite travel gear. Here's a one-of-a-kind, you-won't-find-anywhere-else, glove with special powers used by Anne Kutay, VP of Wildland Adventures. Like Lord of the Rings, this glove is Anne's "precious" secret that brings her close to nature to capture spectacular wildlife images like the ones below with her Canon Powerpoint and Apple Ipad.
Anne walked right up to this pride of lions in the morning sunlight and captured this shot behind the cloak of her leopard skin camo glove...they never saw her coming.
This wild dog popped its head up from the carcas of its kill when it sensed something in the vicinity. But with Anne Kutay's camo glove, she was invisible to the bloody dog and was able to capture this close up.
Another wild dog in the pack sensed her presence but...
Harpy Eagles are one of the most powerful birds of prey in the world. Their talons are the size of Grizzly Bear claws and their gigantic beaks make quick work of the monkeys and sloths they hunt for food. These massive birds of prey have a wingspan of six to seven feet and, when sitting, have the height of a five-year-old child.
They are also one of the least observed raptor species in the world. Combined with diminished number due to habitant loss and human trophy hunters, Harpy Eagles don't soar to hunt, but lurk in the trees like a gigantic winged monstrosity, waiting to ambush prey in surprise. (It goes without saying that monkey and sloth nightmares are dominated by Harpy Eagles.) They also require a huge territory for hunting, with a single pair occupying between 3,000 and 7,000 hectares of forest. So for birders and wildlife enthusiasts alike, a...
Even before our travelers return home, we hear about their wildlife sightings. 2 couples spent a week in Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Satpura parks and according to their Indian escort, they saw “18 different tigers, 4 Leopard, 8 Wild dogs, 8 Sloth bear, 1 Rusty Spotted Cat and lot of different species of birds. I must say it was great sighting.” They were on a custom wildlife trip to India that I designed for them based on our Tigers and Travels in India.
Rusty Spotted Cat? Huh? I had to look that one up. Turns out it is the smallest member of the cat family and found only in India and Sri Lanka.
2 weeks ago, one couple spent 3 days at a new lodge in Pench National Park, Jamtara, and they also spotted “Tiger in her very first drive apart from Wild dog, Jackal and many other species of birds”.
Some of you may recall I recently mentioned Hacienda Zuleta as one of my Top 3 Places to Fall in Love in Ecuador. Maybe I’m not the only critter who feels that way, because the hacienda’s remote trail cameras caught the following images of a visitor patrolling the night in the Andean backcountry…perhaps enroute to a romantic interlude? We received these wonderful images from Zuleta’s current patriarch, Fernando Polanco Plaza (grandson of Ecuador’s past President Galo Plaza Lasso), along with his very entertaining story about how they decided to install the trail cameras. We are thrilled that Hacienda Zuleta’s conservation efforts are yielding these results!
"I've been around Zuleta since I was a little boy, when my Grandfather Galo Plaza was living here. My entire life I've heard rumors that we have Puma roaming around the Andean Páramo (higher elevations, above the primary forest), but never, in all my time...
Guest Review submitted by Dawn B.
Antarctica proved to be a dream vacation. I’ve visited many far-off places of the planet, but Antarctica holds a place of honor all its own. It is a magical land where we were privileged to spend 8 days exploring in their late spring (Nov-Dec) season. During our expedition we had landings twice per day – morning & afternoon. We went ashore for 2-4 hours each time, hiking ~ 2 miles at each landing site. We found the area pristine, quiet, remote, tranquil, desolate, unforgiving, & inspiring. A magnificent land! You simply cannot imagine what it feels like to be there – until you are there. But all the while I felt a deep respect, if not an intimidation, from the ocean & the weather, at whose mercy we gently visited this forgotten land.
Before I begin describing what it's like to travel...