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The adventures of Fe & Chris

Two turkeys, a Quetzal and some funny flying bats

Fiona and I are both back at Base Camp now. Yesterday evening we went for a very nice nature ramble along a gentle path near base camp. It was mostly uneventful - lots of fungus and bromeliad watching - all stationary stuff, until we found two huge turkey sized birds crashing around in the trees; these were Crested Guan - a fine looking bird, crested as the name suggests, and with a big red wattle.

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Back at base camp I managed to cause a minor disturbance when a male Resplendant Quetzal flew over the clearing and landed in a tree. There was a small rampage away from the dinner queue as many people here are rather eager to see this fine bird. Some school kids looked on in amusement and enquired as to our activities. When I informed them we were looking for a Resplendant Quetzal their faces remained blank so I qualified it with “arguably the most beautiful bird in the world” and they shuffled over with mild enthusiam. The Quetzal soon flew off. Fe saw it, but few others did and the dinner queue was gradually restocked.

We dined on a picnic bench as the sun went down. Five medium sized bats flew overhead for our delectation - these were much more directional and faster than the bats we see in the UK - I likened their flight to that of a sandpiper, a Dunlin perhaps. This appeared to distress Caroline the Habitat Surveyor who was sitting next to us; the poor girl has a painful experience watching sandpipers for her undergraduate dissertation and had been enjoying the bats until then.

8 Comments »

  Graeme wrote @ August 1st, 2007 at 2:33 am

Excellent adventures for sure - bats are great. I also like the see saw - when I was a lad I never had them.
And as for your pull up records, the rather horrific picture of you having a shower may indicate why you are so far up the table - you have no weight to pull up.

How is Fe doing with the pull ups ?

  Lachlan wrote @ August 1st, 2007 at 3:08 am

I think they need to introduce handicapped pull-up competitions or some method of calculating power to (not very much) weight ratios. Assuming Fiona hasn’t disappeared proportionate to Chris then when they come back she’ll probably weigh more than him. Lucky they are going to New Zealand where the concept of a “small helping” doesn’t exist. Neither does central heating but that’s another story.

  Graeme wrote @ August 2nd, 2007 at 4:31 am

From what I have heard, the concept of vegetarian does not exist either - bless.

  Keir wrote @ August 2nd, 2007 at 9:49 am

I put forward the pull up suggestion against the right posting yet Lach (timewise) had already put up the same suggestion that you are a skinny freak and therefore being able to do pull ups is no great shakes. If this lot is all to be published into a book (which with our fantastic witty comments it surely must) then we are going to have to make sure comments are tagged to the correct tales

Was looking at the concept of vegetarianism and have found that eating .25kg of meat per week for a year is the same as doing 10,000km in an average diesel car - if you are comparing the two on CO2 output. Maybe I should become a weirdo and join C&F in their anti-meat life style

  The Hill Family wrote @ August 3rd, 2007 at 12:07 am

Happy birthday, Fiona, hope you have a great day.
Love
Margaret, Andrew, Sophie and Lorna
XXXX

  Keir wrote @ August 3rd, 2007 at 1:29 am

I did not even know it was Feee’s B’day.

Happy birthday to you!! What did chris get you??

  Fiona wrote @ August 5th, 2007 at 3:41 pm

Thank you very much!

  Keir wrote @ August 6th, 2007 at 5:02 am

ooh come on answer the question. what did Mr Scrooge get you?

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