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Birdzilla Adventures – Sam’s Quick Hits

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Early birding adventures occurred before the advent of digital photography.  Here are a few quick samples.  Lots of slides I’ll get through some day.

South Africa

My friend Bob Lanier teaches at Jesuit High School in Dallas.  He has inspired several of his students to pursue a career related to birds.  One of his students spent two years in South Africa studying the Bald Ibis.  Bob and I had the opportunity to visit with his student for two weeks.  We had a great time visiting Kruger National Park as well as the Mkuze Game Reserve, Mtunzini and several private ranches.  Here are just a few photos from our trip.


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paint-billed stork


Bob also leads trips around the world for science teachers.  I managed to tag along one of his two week trips to Peru and the Amazon River.

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New Zealand

Hiking the Milford Trek was a great experince but there was little birding along the way.  We did see numerous species in other parts of new Zealand including the Yellow-eyed Penguin and the pesky Kea.

New Zealand

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The Lower Canyons

One of my all-time favorite trips was a one-week canoe trip on the Rio Grande River just below Big Bend National Park.  We encountered Class 4 and Class 5 rapids along the way and warmed our aching arms and backs in hot springs on the Mexican side of the river. Well-known Texas Valley birder Jane Kittleman helped put the trip together.  There were 5 canoes in the group, all from the Dallas Siera Club.

Big Bend National Park Canyons

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About the Author

Sam Crowe

Sam is the founder of He has been birding for over 30 years and has a world list of over 2000 species. He has served as treasurer of the Texas Ornithological Society, Sanctuary Chair of Dallas Audubon, Editor of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's "All About Birds" web site and as a contributing editor for Birding Business magazine. Many of his photographs and videos can be found on the site.

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