I had never been to Peru, much less the remote rain forest region surrounding the Tambopata River. With little experience shooting in this type environment, i was not sure what to expect much less what to take along. Armed with my usual Canon 7D and an assortment of lenses, I ventured off. As a back up, I took along a Canon T3 body. I had heard horror stories about what all the rain and humidity does to gear. What I was not prepared for was the heat and humidity and what it did to ME! After the first afternoon, I was dripping wet from my own sweat. Hot and almost miserable, I kept wondering what I had volunteered to do for 10 days. Just after sunset I was thinking, "Woe is me!" it was still hot and humid. My mind wandered back to my days on the farm in Oklahoma in the summer. It was hot, humid and downright miserable. At nine years of age you don't care! I decided, OK, I am nine again! Hot and humid it is! We will enjoy it just like back then. With a new mindset, the next morning we set off looking for birds and other photo ops! No problems, no issues except that my glasses kept fogging up. No big deal. I had a microfiber cloth along to clean them and I did, about every 15 minutes for two hours in the mornings.
The rainforest is one amazing place. The diversity of bird life is astounding! There are more bird species in Peru than in all of North America and it seemed we were seeing some very special ones indeed, Squirrel Cuckoo, Screaming Piha, Green-headed Parrots, Trogons, Barbets... ...it was astounding, a bird photographers paradise and I was here with one of the western worlds premier bird photographers, Bob Gress. Bob, me and our exceptional guide, Silverio, would spend the next 10 days together exploring and photographing some of the most cherished bird species among "life-list" birders.