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Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions resources page! 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. From blog posts and field reports (daily recaps of a past expeditions with images) to photo galleries and videos, explore your world from our perspective.

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Pink Amazon River Dolphin
March 29, 2012
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Today we awoke early as the Clipper Adventurer prepared to enter the famous Narrows of the Amazon River delta. Most of the passengers gathered with the naturalists on the top deck to welcome the tropical dawn and watch the early morning activities of parrots and other birds. We were rewarded with wonderful views of chestnut-fronted macaws, the energetic calling for a red-billed toucan, and most spectacularly, the sight of a magnificent king vulture, drying his wings in the crown of...

Squirrel Monkey, Iles du Salut, French Guiana
April 9, 2012
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In the early morning we dropped anchor off the Iles du Salut archipelago of French Guiana, home of the infamous Devil’s Island Prison. Our Zodiacs landed first at Ile Royale, the largest island and home to the majority of the prisoners, as well as the prison hospital, church, and administrative buildings. On our arrival, we were greeted by a squirrel monkey sprawled nonchalantly on his back high in a coconut palm.  We soon spotted more squirrel monkeys, as well as capuchins. The monkeys are...

Escudo Hummingbird
January 12, 2016
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Our first day in Panama was a true expedition-style day spent on the remote island of Escudo de Varaguas. An intrepid group set off early, landing on a long sandy beach dotted with abandoned fishing huts. A walk along the edge of forest yielded sightings of the endemic Escudo hummingbird, the golden-collard manakin, bay wren, and blue-gray tanager. The rest of the group chose to take a Zodiac cruise and were greeted by brown boobies and a pygmy sloth. Later in the afternoon a small group set...

Isla de Providencia, Colombia
January 22, 2009
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We spent our brief time in Colombia on English-speaking Isla de Providencia. Zodiacs took us ashore where we were welcomed with the sounds of island music. The birders were off first and had the great fortune to site thick-billed vireo, white crowned pigeons, and green breasted mangos. The rest of us enjoyed an island tour, visiting a small school where we presented school supplies donated by Zegrahm and our passengers. The tour continued to a lookout with stunning views of the island and...

Red-Footed Booby, Half Moon Cay, Belize
January 15, 2009
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A cacophony of birds acted as our tropical wake-up call on our first morning and we prepared to set out for the fascinating Maya ruins of Lamanai. First we boarded motor coaches, then embarked speed boats for our river journey to the archaeological site, spotting northern jacana, a boat-billed heron, and a fork-tailed flycatcher along the way. We also passed a Mennonite community who were fishing together on the banks.

After a wonderful picnic lunch our guides took us on an in-depth...

Half Moon Cay, Belize
January 22, 2008
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Yesterday we woke up to sunshine and blue skies off Belize’s Half Moon Caye, but because of windy conditions and waves that would make snorkeling and diving difficult, we decided to reposition Le Levant to the other side of the island. It was well worth it as it was calm and those who wanted to go ashore could. Half Moon Caye is beautiful with white sand beaches and green palm trees...your typical paradise island! Everyone...

Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands
September 30, 2010
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The Isabela II has just crossed the equator and has anchored off the shallow cliffs of Genovesa in the Galápagos Islands. It’s 6 a.m. and a partial eclipse is devouring the moon like a giant wafer. Jack Grove springs into a yogic shoulder stand as he does every morning, despite the rocking movement of the boat. This is completely in character for the renowned marine biologist and cofounder of Zegrahm Expeditions. Jack, a fit man with a shaved head and a broad smile, has spent most...

Frigatebird, Barbuda
July 8, 2009
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Our visit to Genovesa Island this morning couldn't have been better. The avian activities on this island were in full swing with magnificent seabirds displaying their exquisite colors; red-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, and great frigatebirds. While red-footed boobies were brooding their fluffy offspring the male frigatebirds were trying to attract mates with their bright red inflated gular pouches or chasing boobies to steal food and nesting material. These kleptoparasitic,...

Darien Province, Mogue River, Panama
January 14, 2010
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What a great day! Greg Homel kicked off the morning by providing insights about the little known and seldom seen birds of the Darien. After an early lunch we boarded a flotilla of local boats—modified dugouts, in fact—for an hour long ride to the coast and up the winding Mogue River. Our drivers swept from side-to-side on the broader areas to facilitate photography as we rode the incoming tide. The tide is critical to access the upper reaches. Soon it narrowed and we could hear the drums of...

Black Howler Monkey, Belize
January 7, 2010
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While the Great Blue Hole and extensive reef system are the main attraction for many, our river trip to the Mayan ruins of Lamanai was definitely the highlight while in Belize, due in large part to our enthusiastic and humorous local guides. Along the way, they pointed out limpkins, laughing falcons, Wish Willy iguanas, Jabiru storks, and the Belizean provision tree (its bark is highly regarded as a blood tonic and is used to help anemia, low blood pressure, and fatigue). They also taught us...

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