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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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Sumba Island
March 22, 2010
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What a day!!! As a result of strong currents this morning we arrived significantly later than planned to Waikilo, Sumba Island; however, Kim Saunders put together a fascinating lecture on textiles, particularly the icats of the Eastern and Western Sumba, as well as batiks, and other traditional textiles of Indonesia. This worked out well both for us and the locals as we became more interested in the fabulous textiles presented to us later in the day by villages for sale. Many of us purchased...

Vanuatu petrel
March 8, 2010
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The recent Zegrahm Expeditions New Zealand to New Guinea program provided a cornucopia of rare and little known seabird species. It all began with wonderful sightings and photographic opportunities of the recently rediscovered New Zealand storm-petrel and ended with a Beck’s petrel, the fifth of the voyage, as the expedition vessel, the Clipper Odyssey approached the Laughlan Islands in Papua New Guinea. Along the way there were also such species as Heinroth’s and tropical...

Gam Island
March 2, 2010
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In perfect Zegrahm style, we combined four expedition days in to one. The birders left when the moon was still full and bright, in search for the red bird of paradise. Jonathan was hopeful they’d see one or two red “bops” fly overhead. It wasn’t so…they saw 6 males and many females—truly beyond expectations!

The rest of the group visited the village of Yanwapnor. Some went in search of a lost orchid, which had been rediscovered in the village, while others strolled down the well...

Ashmore Reef
February 23, 2010
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G’day. I have enjoyed the extreme good fortune to live on the shores adjacent to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef (GBR) for a little over 15 years. I stopped counting the number of dives I’ve made on this World Heritage listed biological marvel, when the number reached into the thousands. When you’ve been this lucky, it’s easy to forget what a privilege it is to access and utilize the individual reefs of it’s make up. So when one gets the opportunity to visit the less accessible outliers it is...

Ambrym Island
February 12, 2010
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On our New Zealand to New Guinea expedition, our stop at Ambrym Island prepares the stage for our cultural and discovery experiences to follow in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. Located in the Vanuatu Island group in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, Ambrym Island is best known as a volcanic hotbed of activity and is sometimes called the “black island” after the expansive ash plain covering the interior. Two active volcanoes, Mt. Marum and Mt. Benbow, have had eruptions serious...

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...

Chatham Islands
December 16, 2009
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It’s not often that the partners of Zegrahm Expeditions visit a place where none of us have ever been. So when the Clipper Odyssey pulled into the Chatham Islands, our final destination on the inaugural Wild Edge of the Pacific trip, the excitement was palpable.

The previous evening, while sailing in from Gisborne (on the “mainland,” as the Chatham Islanders prefer to call the North Island), had given the birders a taste of what lay in store when we’d...

Pearls, Tuamotus, Polynesia
November 18, 2009
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After many hours of travel and some needed rest, we awoke in our rooms at the Intercontinental Resort Tahiti to the magnificent views of Moorea Island across the water. We were finally in French Polynesia! The day was stunning and we enjoyed the soft air on our skin as we embarked on an island tour.

A memorable stop at a black pearl farm proved to be quite educational as we learned about the process of seeding, harvesting, and grading of precious black pearls....

Hiva Oa
October 27, 2009
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Yesterday we visited the remote and isolated island of Fatu Hiva in the Marquesas Islands. Fatu Hiva is the place where Thor Heyerdahl chose to spend a year in the late 1930s and later published the account of his experience in a now famous book entitled: Fatu Hiva; Back to Nature. Our visit was blessed with showers but everyone enjoyed the magnificent scenery of the Bay of Virgins. The welcome ceremony was actually performed towards the evening with Marquesan-style dancing and...

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