Reviewing 2018

Time to review the last year and see what goals I was able to accomplish from my bucket list. I traveled to seven different countries, each filled with amazing wildlife and people.

I am including only the highlights from this year in this post (for the full list just click the link above). I am also only showing one or two images of each species/location, if you want to see all the pictures from that subject just click that name and the link will take you to the appropriate gallery.

Visit and or Explore
Boreal Forests (2018)

Boreal forest covered with ice in winter, Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba, Canada

Tropical Rainforests (Panama in April, Costa Rica in December)

White-headed Capuchin (Cebus capucinus) in tree, Pipeline Road, Gamboa, Panama

Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) at night, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica



Yellowstone in winter

American Bison (Bison bison) female along river in winter, Gardner River, Yellowstone National Park, Montana

1000 bird species in the wild (I am at 365)

Grey Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum) pair in courtship display in tree at sunrise, Kafue National Park, Zambia

Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill (Tockus leucomelas), Kruger National Park, South Africa

Black-mandibled Toucan (Ramphastos swainsonii) feeding on palm fruit, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Knysna Turaco (Tauraco corythaix) in fynbos, Kaapsehoop, South Africa

300 mammal species in the wild (I am at 184)

Indian Crested Porcupine (Hystrix indica) near house at night, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Northern Tamandua (Tamandua mexicana) in tree, Pipeline Road, Gamboa, Panama

Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta) one month old pup in den, Kruger National Park, South Africa

Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) calf, Vava’u, Tonga

2018 was another spectacular year, one I am incredibly grateful for. I can only hope 2019 is as good!How about you, anything particular that you photographed in 2018 that you are really happy/proud of?

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My Bucket List

My Bucket or Life List, What Ever You Want to Call It

The concept of a bucket list has been around for a while, maybe the most famous person to start it is John Goddard. He came up with his list of 127 goals when he was fifteen and has now accomplished most of them. I really like the idea of setting yourself goals no matter how ridiculous they may seem so you know what you are striving for. This way you won’t make excuses, but will focus on achieving these goals. The point is not to check them off to check them off but rather to have amazing experiences that mean a lot. My list will continue to grow as I learn about new things and I will continue to update it as I experience some of the things below:

Visit and or Explore
California (even though I lived there 15 years I still can’t justify checking this one off)
Boreal Forests (Canada 2018, 2019)
Deserts (Yemen 2011, Oman 2012)
Temperate Rainforests
Tropical Rainforests (Borneo 2013 Spring, Gabon 2013, Borneo Winter 2013, Uganda 2014, Panama 2018, Costa Rica 2018, Borneo 2019)
Andes (2015, 2016, 2017)
Khakaborazi National Park in Myanmar (Alan Rabinowitz’s park)
Tibet, including Aru Basin, the Changtang, and the Tibetan Plateau
Borneo (2013, 2019)
Australia (2014)
New Zealand (2013)
Namibia (including Etosha National Park)
Zambia (2017, 2018, 2019)
Canada (2018)
Galapagos Islands
Every South American Country (Bolivia 2015, Argentina 2015, 2016, 2017, Chile 2017, 2019)

Hike or Climb
Mount Shasta (May 2009)
Mount Whitney
Pacific Crest Trail
John Muir Trail

Jungle Cat
Black-footed Cat (October 2018)
Sand Cat
Chinese Desert Cat
European Wildcat (September 2014)
African Wildcat
Asiatic Wildcat
Pallas’ Cat
Rusty-spotted Cat
Flat-headed Cat
Fishing Cat
Amur Leopard Cat
Iriomote Cat
Sunda Leopard Cat (July 2019)
Mainland Leopard Cat
African Cheetah (June 2017)
Asiatic Cheetah
Northwest African Cheetah
Gulf Coast Jaguarundi
Mountain Lion (June 2010)
Bobcat (June 2008)
Canada Lynx (March 2019)
Eurasian Lynx (October 2016)
Balkan Lynx
Iberian Lynx (January 2019)
Ocelot (November 2019)
Texas Ocelot
Colocolo (Pampas Cat) (April 2015)
Colocolo (Pantanal Cat)
Colocolo (Colocolo)
Andean Mountain Cat (April 2015)
Northern Oncilla
Southern Oncilla
Costa Rican Tiger Cat
Geoffroy’s Cat (April 2017)
Serval (June 2018)
Barbary Serval
African Golden Cat (June 2014)
Caracal (December 2011)
Marbled Cat (March 2013)
Borneo Bay Cat (December 2013)
Asiatic Golden Cat
Sunda Clouded Leopard (March 2013)
Clouded Leopard
Snow Leopard (October 2016)
Bengal Tiger
Sumatran Tiger
Malayan Tiger
Northern Indochinese Tiger
Amur Tiger
Jaguar (August 2015)
Sri Lankan Leopard
Indochinese Leopard
Persian Leopard
North Chinese Leopard
Amur Leopard
Arabian Leopard
Javan Leopard
Indian Leopard
African Leopard (October 2013)
African Lion (July 2017)
Asiatic Lion
Musk Ox
Bald Eagle catching fish
Black-backed Kingfisher
Rufous-backed Kingfisher
Yellowstone in winter (February 2018)
Bosque del Apache with Snow Geese (December 2010)
3 species of Civet (Malay Civet, Common Palm Civet, African Civet)
1000 bird species in the wild (I am at 390)
300 mammal species in the wild (I am at 193)
20 critically endangered and 50 endangered species (I am at 5 and 25 respectively)
Every endangered or threatened animal in California (7 out of 130)
Every species of puffin (Atlantic Puffin 2014)
Every salamander species of California (12 out of 52 species and subspecies)

Achieve or Do
Fly in a fighter plane
Swim with wild dolphins (Summer 2007)
Become a full time photographer
Have an article in National Geographic
Have my own photography exhibition (June 2011)
Publish my own photography book
Do an ironman triathlon
Become proficient in the use of a kayak, a rifle, sling, and bow and arrow
Learn how to professionally climb trees
Own my own company (March 2009)
Be a BBC wildlife photographer of the year
Skydive over Hawaiian islands (March 2019)
Backpack California for one month
Travel around California in a car for one month
Learn Kyudo
Bike across America (Summer 2010)
Travel to Patagonia with my dad
Go lugging, bobsledding or skeleton sliding
Paraglide in Chamonix, France in winter
Hold a tarantula to overcome my fear of spiders
Photograph wedding for free for couple who can’t pay a professional photographer (June 2011)
Help my brother get over his fear of heights
Build a kayak or canoe with my brother
Go to Madagascar and bring my mom
Go whale watching in Tonga or Mexico with my sister
Spending time with a Red Panda with my sister
Have my sister join me on a photo trip