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Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions Blog! Here you will find inspiration for your next adventure and information from your last adventure, produced by our field leaders, Seattle office staff, and contributing writers. You may filter this content by geographic region, by typeincluding blog post, field report (a daily recap of a past expedition with images), photo gallery, or video—or by topic. Explore your world, from our perspective.

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Champagne Beach, Vanuatu
May 6, 2013
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During a series of voyages led by Zegrahm directors Peter Harrison and Jonathan Rossouw, Zegrahm travelers have once again been enjoying some exciting birding in the southwest Pacific. The Zegrahm team, traveling aboard the Clipper Odyssey, recently visited Papua New Guinea as well as the Solomon and Vanuatu islands.
 
Past Zegrahm travelers will be well aware of the region’s commoner seabirds: brown and red-footed boobies, plus the hoards of...
Scarlet Macaws, Costa Rica
August 30, 2013
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Our Rainforests & Reefs expedition explores Belize, Honduras, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Panama. Costa Rica alone has over 750 bird species, and all countries have an incredible array of wildlife. Here are some of the bird species to keep an eye out for:

  • You may come across the beautiful, colorful...
Baobab Tree
October 1, 2013
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Did you know that Zegrahm has a Private Travel department? Launched in early 2013, we offer individuals, families, and groups of friends the same horizon-broadening adventures and life-changing experiences as our scheduled expeditions—but on a more flexible, intimate, and personalized scale. We know there are times when you may prefer the camaraderie that comes with a group departure; other times you may...

Eggplant caponata
September 23, 2013
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It's official: summer is over (at least it is here in our Seattle headquarters). But what better way to celebrate fall than to use up the last of your summer vegetables, as part of a Sicilian menu? Try out this recipe for Eggplant Caponata as a starter; we recommended enjoying it with a glass of fruity white wine and reflecting back on the long, warm days of summer.

Eggplant Caponata
Make 6-8 appetizer servings
Adapted from...
Anastasiya Bay, Kamchatka
August 20, 2013
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Beautiful low angle sunlight was reflecting off the green hillsides of Anastasiya Bay as Zodiacs left the ship bound for a shallow river mouth. This spontaneous after-dinner trip ashore was the result of scanning back down the end of the bay, where we noticed a dark line appearing on the horizon. This region of the Russian Far East is known for its seasonal reindeer herders, who bring their herds to the coast each summer. It’s impossible to know when and where to find them, but this evening...

Panama Canal, Panama
August 1, 2013
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In February 2014, join us for a 15-day adventure in Central America. At the crossroads of two continents, this expedition reveals the wonders of five countries, including Belize, Honduras, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Panama, and is ideally timed during the centennial year of the Panama Canal.

We are thrilled to announce that in honor of the 100-year anniversary of these historic locks, we have just enhanced this already-fascinating itinerary with a VIP tour of the five billion dollar...

South Georgia pintail
October 16, 2012
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With the largest concentrations of penguins, seals, and albatross to be found anywhere on the planet, South Georgia has been dubbed, “The Serengeti of the Southern Ocean.” And, while large birdlife usually takes center stage on South Georgia, the island was once a thriving small-bird community as well, comprised of storm petrels, prions, blue petrels, and pipits. However, with the introduction of rats by whalers and sealers, the small-bird population is being devastated as the rodents burrow...

The Northern Lights
June 4, 2013
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Named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas, the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) have inspired legends, myths, and superstitions for millennia. Like the magnetic fields that cause them, the beliefs surrounding these ghostly lights are polarized between positive and negative associations—as precursors of royal births on one hand, and of war and famine on the other.

The various people inhabiting Lapland had their own divergent theories...

Giving Back
April 22, 2013
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In addition to our recent donation to help build a larger enclosure for Nonong at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center on our February 2013 Brunei to Bali expedition, we have also given to other communities on our travels through the South Pacific and Central America. 
 
On our recent Faces of Melanesia expedition, in each of the villages we visited, we presented the locals with a box of school supplies. After...
Vietnamese Market
February 14, 2013
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Just back from our Vietnam and Cambodia expedition, office staff member, Sara Mulnix, thoroughly enjoyed her time out in the field. One of her favorite highlights from the trip was the cooking experience--here is her report:

We had several options today, among them spending a full day in Hoi An or enjoying the morning in My Son. But the real winners of the group were the ones who chose a cooking class in Hoi An; it was spectacular! We started out visiting a local market...

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