Hello to all my guests !! I am David Cabedo Cruz, a graduated biologist in Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona.I am interested in birdwatching and spotting mammals.
I already visited some of the most important national parks in Asia,Africa and Central America.Once started to see wildlife as a beginner,my passion took me to spend most of my time walking inside the jungle and hiding and waiting for an animal. It’s and amazing experience but you need plenty of time, patience and perseverance.
Once i got lost in a national park and i had to sleep on the floor, beside a tree in the jungle but fortunately i could find the way to come back. It was an extreme experience that i don t recommend to anybody.
My interest in this, started to grow when i was a kid. I remembered my family holidays visting many natural spots in Spain.I brought my first butterfly net when i was 8 years old and me and my father we always collected many insects and plants that we found on the ground.
After finishing my degree i decided to travel around the world for knowing new cultures and nature.My first trip to the tropics was in Costa Rica.I traveled with my mother and I got highly impressed about the beauty and the exuberant nature of this great country.I still remembered the stunning appearance of a quetzal in Monteverde National Park !
My second trip to a tropical country was in 2006.Many people has the wrong idea that Thailand is just a paradise for sex tourism, but they don’t notice that some of the tourism that comes to Thailand visit most of the great cultural places and excelent national parks that are available all around the country. In Khao Yai National Park you can see lots of birds an many mammals, like elephants, gibbons,macaques, giant squirrels, porcupines and deers.Khao Yai, Khaen Krachan and Doi Intanon are great for birdwatching and they are among the best Asian national parks that i´ve ever visited !!! However,other national parks as Mae Wong NP and Krabi NP are also great places to spot many species of birds.Kuiburi NP and Salak Pra offers great opportunities to follow tracks and spot some interesting mammals.Indeed,i saw the largest and wildest Asian Elephants here.You can also enjoy and learn about reptiles visiting the Snake Farm and the Cocodrile Farm in Bangkok.
Borneo is another nature paradise that i could know very well.Mount Kinabalu National Park is an amazing place where you can appreciate different kind of vegetation and animals when you are walking until the top of the mountain if you have enough willpower and good health . Kinabatangan River is an excellent place to see a lot fo birds and mammals while you go by boat along the river. Stunning birds,like this Rhinoceros Hornbill and monkeys, as well as orangutans and the small Asian elephant, are very impressive !!!
Philippines was a pleasant discover for me.I didn t expect to find such diversity of birds and mammals.I visited the most important wildlife hotspots as Rajah Sikaturna National Park,Subic Area and Mount Makiling. Subic Area, a former American military area converted to a forest reserve, is an excellent place to see easily many birds.Rajah Sikaturna is also a great location but you need experienced eyes to find birds.
The most bizarre birds i´ve ever watched were located in Sulawesi Island and Papua.The Birds of Paradise are the most beautiful birds of the world but it s very hard to see them and you need time and good infrastructure to see one of these amazing birds.I couldn t see any of them and i hope that next time i travel there i will spot them.