With an invitation to test a new Leica Trinovid HD binocular at The Lodge at Pico Bonito in Honduras, there wasn't any doubt that it would be a fantastic trip--and it was, without exception. The country and its birds, the company of amazing, knowledgeable colleagues, and the gracious accommodations were more than I could have hoped for. And the binocular--well, it was a willing and welcome companion, showing us all the color and detail we hoped for.
The new Leica Trinovid HD lives up to Leica's reputation of quality and craftsmanship--no doubt about that. Each of the 10 participants tested it for 6 days through tough tropical conditions: deep rain forest and cloud forest trails, lush lagoons and mangroves, hot, dry forest habitat, and ocean shoreline. In doing so, we were afforded crisp views of over 260 species of birds and a stunning variety of mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and insects.
|Photo by Jonathan Meyrev|
The Lodge at Pico Bonito is truly a naturalist's paradise--400 acres of tropical wilderness bordering the Pico Bonito National Park. When you're at the lodge, you're minutes from the mountains, the rain forest, two raging rivers, and the Caribbean coast. One could spend an entire vacation on the lodge's property without a feeling of having missed anything--but our host and guides made sure there were plenty of side trips to satisfy our wildest birding imaginations. With the impressive new Trinovid HD and our sharp-eyed crew, we made the most of every opportunity. Nothing crawling, flying, slithering, perching, or singing escaped our view!
|Photo by Jeff Bouton|
|Photo by David LaPuma|
|My home sweet home during my stay.|
Making our way along winding stone paths to our lovely, well-appointed cabins, we quickly got settled and headed to the open-air dining room to enjoy the first of many delightful meals. Our long, candle lit table became a favorite place to unwind, relax, and recount the adventures of the day. The smiling, attentive waiters became our friends. And by the way, there are no buffet lines at Pico Bonito Lodge: every entree is made-to-order from the menu, and in 6 days, we weren't able to sample every amazing offering. Though we surely tried.
|Photo by Jeff Bouton|
And so our week began--with much ahead to discover. Stay tuned here so I can share more of our adventure!
Eagle Optics Staff
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