One of the things Mike enjoys most, besides taking photographs, is taking people along with him to some of his favorite locations. Sharing the experiences he loves with others is very fulfilling. For 2017, Mike will open up three of his photo safari tours to fellow wildlife enthusiasts and photographers and have up to four participants join him on his travels. First trip will be to Kenya, in East Africa to photograph the 'Big Five'.
Second trip takes us to the jungles and cloud forests of Costa Rica to photograph the myriad species of Hummingbirds and other avian species. The third trip will be to the Pantanal in Brazil, in search of the elusive Jaguars, plus other wildlife and birds inhabiting this largest wetlands in the world.
There are no cost to accompany him on his tours. Participants just pay their own way and if they choose to do so, they are welcome to use the travel providers Mike is utilizing to facilitate his trips. Please contact him if you would like to join Mike on these adventures and share some of his and your travel tales and experience in photographing wildlife. You can follow Mike on Facebook , Instagram , Twitter and his Blog to keep up with his global wildlife tours.
Masai Mara, Kenya -- January 2017
Kenya is a country of breathtakingly beautiful sceneries, majestic wildlife and unique cultures. This safari tour will take us to Amboseli National Park, a wildlife conservancy near Mount Kenya and the Masai Mara, a large wildlife park that share boundaries with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The park and surrounding areas are excellent places to capture 'Big Five' images of Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Rhinos and Cape Buffalo plus Giraffes, Zebras, Cheetahs, Hippos and many more. There are also hundreds of species of birds to marvel and photograph for the ornithologist in some of us.
In between game drives and time permitting, we may stop in on the neighboring Masai villages to learn about the local culture and traditions.
Africa is a far away continent, especially for those who reside in North America but it is truly a fascinating region of the world and this will be a great trip for those who want to concentrate on wildlife photography, with a bit of culture mixed in. Click on the Animal section on his website to see exciting safari photos from previous trips.
Costa Rica -- March 2017
Costa Rica has as many microclimates and for 2 weeks we will devote most of it to photographing the birds and wildlife of this wonderfully exotic country. From waterfalls to cloud forests to spectacular volcanoes, this tour will take in the best Costa Rica has to offer.
Toucans and Hummingbirds are two of Mike's favorite bird species and there should be plenty of them down there. Hummingbirds belong to the family of birds known as Trochilidae. They are among the smallest avians, most species measure about 3 to 5 inches in length and generally weigh between one to two tenth of an ounce. The smallest is the Bee Hummingbird and the largest is the South American Giant Hummingbird, which can weigh about an ounce.
Along the way, in addition the many species of birds, we may find crocodiles, monkeys (spider, howler, and white-faced Capuchin), sloths and basilisk lizards, plus many other tropical wildlife and insects.
Click on his Hummingbird and Bird Photography page to see more photos from previous trips.
Pantanal, Brazil -- October 2017
Jaguars are the most powerful cat, pound for pound, in the world. They are found most often in the Pantanal region of the Brazilian wetlands, especially during the dry winter months along river banks. In addition to this elusive cat, Capybaras, Caimans, Giant Anteater, Brazilian Tapir, Crab-eating Fox, Giant River Otters and many other species of wildlife and birds, including the world's largest parrot, the Hyacinth Macaw, can also be found.
We start our journey in Sao Paulo and fly deep into the Brazilian heartland city of Cuiaba, the traditional starting point of any tour of the Pantanal. We will embark on the Transpantaneira Highway in safari vehicle and river boat to photograph wildlife as we head deeper into the Brazilian jungles and wetlands. Visit Mike's Jaguars page to see more photos from previous trips.
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