a field guide to the planet - by Damon Ramsey
If there was one thing I had to do in Rio, it was to go to where Roger Moore's James Bond had swung in the pretty poor Moonraker.
screaming Bond girl Holly Goodhead: "Hang on James!"
Roger Moore: "The thought had occurred to me...".
If you are in Rio you kinda have to go to Sugar Loaf. It provides great views of the city of Rio de Janeiro. And of course there are always some plants and animals to be seen...
There are often Common Marmosets around. These are native to Brazil, but not to this region. They were introduced in the 1920's, from their native habitat in north-eastern Brazil.
and of course there are some nice birds...
including the ubiquitous Bananaquit...
The stunningly bright red 'Brazilian Tanager' is a crimson contrast to the greens of the rainforest around the track at the back of the facilities. They also come out to the outdoor cafes for chips. This is one of the endemics to the Atlantic rainforest of south America.
Other common birds from the viewpoints include frigatebirds and vultures.
Thinking of travelling again after everything settles down? One of the first expeditions I am booked to work on is the NZ sub-Antarctics with Silversea Expeditions and Australia with Coral Expeditions. And here is a shortened version of one of my lectures in a warmer part of the world.