Our involvement with conservation tourism around the world has taught us the vital importance of guides, whether they be for cultural visits or treks in the forest. Good interpretation is something that cannot be underestimated, in fact, it has been said to us before that “a visit to the rain forest without a guide is like a visit to the library without knowing how to read.” In both cases there are opportunities to take in the atmosphere, but without the interpretive element that atmosphere is missing an infinite amount of context.
A good nature guide must have the obvious strengths of a “good eye”. They must also be able to communicate well with their visitors, even if language barriers are present. (Herein lies part of the beauty of the scientific names for flora and fauna!) It’s an even greater boon if the guide’s “good eye” translates into being a good photographer.
Bismar López is an example of one of these talented guides, and we hope to highlight more from different parts of the world in the future. He’s been guiding at Morgan’s Rock, a nature resort in southern Nicaragua (where Seth Inman spent the summer interning) since 2008. Growing up in a small community near the reserve has helped develop his love of Nature, especially birds.
Martin had introduced the great nature photographer Vijay Kumar Thondaman and we’ve been honored to share his birds on this site in the “Bird of the Day” posts. But as part of our goal with the series is to highlight the vast range of birding opportunities we would also like to introduce some of the world’s birds viewed through the eyes of the talented guides we’ve met through our work.
Seth’s recent post about his work at Cornell Lab of Ornithology also illustrates the range of enthusiasm that surrounds bird watching, whether it be participating in New Year’s Bird Counts, taking a more active, daily interest, or traveling throughout the world, “Life List” in hand.
So here’s a salute to Bird Watching, and one of the guides who may assist you along the way!