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Dipping in Guyana

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Visiting Guyana brought with it the unavoidable expectation of seeing some mind boggling species – some endangered, some emblematic, others downright bizarre. Before we boarded the flight to Guyana we already knew that probabilities of seeing one of the target species was slashed to near zero.

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GUYANA–Simply Delicious Birding!

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Guyana is an Amerindian word meaning “land of many waters” but it could just as easily mean “land of many birds”. Guyana means “Land of many waters”. Guyana is WILD. Not only is Guyana famous for its birdlife, but it’s also the Land of Giants. Yo es embarazada,” I once said in this exact situation. Wilderness.

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Dawn Over the Mighty Rupununi

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The millions of stars and galaxies twinkling over the Rupununi Savanna in Guyana seem to reluctantly fade into a gradually lightening sky as the eastern horizon reddens. But we are on the lookout for one of Guyana’s famed giants, the Giant Anteater – which uncharacteristically never showed.

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Rupununi River Cruise

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Originating from the word “Rapon” which translates to Black-bellied Whistling Duck in the Makushi language, the Rupununi River flows north and then east, where it then joins the mighty Essequibo River that flows northward through the rest of Guyana, ultimately meeting its end at the country’s (only) Atlantic coast.

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Birding the Garden City of Georgetown

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Guyana’s capital city of Georgetown, a quaint, sprawling network of roads and waterways is a regulated introduction to the country’s 800+ species of birds. Great Kiskadees are ubiquitous in Trinidad and Guyana, this bird’s proportions were slightly different, however.

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From Iwokrama to Atta

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On a high after waking up in Guyana’s wild interior for the first time – with a spectacular morning of birding already under our belts – we resumed our southerly journey with full bellies. As difficult as it was to leave Iwokrama behind, we knew that we’d be back eventually.

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A Most Remarkable Book

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Hudson; and a primer on geological history, including the continuing zoological effects of the “Great American Biotic Interchange”; and a travelogue of an extraordinary river trip through Guyana. English is the official language of Guyana, with a distinctive cadence and idiom.

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