I love this website and use it a lot, but sometimes the style of people’s trip reports drives me mad. “We flew into such-and-such airport, the food on the plane made us sick for the rest of the trip, but then we met our excellent guide Vergilius, and…” and from this point there is no useful info whatsoever, just a list of species seen “in Serengeti” or “in the Pantanal”. What good is such information without details? For example, I am planning a trip to Sri Lanka. Everybody mentions a magic place called Sigiriya, where countless lorises drop on you from trees and one rusty-spotted cat is invariably glimpsed (always very briefly, which makes me suspect that the ivorybill effect is at work – i.e. all feral cats seen well are recognized as such, while those seen briefly are called rusty-spotted). OK, I look Sigiriya up – and all I see on the internet is photos of some rock. What am I supposed to do with this information? Where did you actually see the animals? Was it some particular place, or did you blindly drive around in circles, or are those lorises in every tree within a ten-mile radius from that rock? The trip reports don’t specify.
I understand that once you hire a guide you don’t pay much attention to anything, but maybe we should at least start recording GPS locations of particularly good sightings? Takes ten seconds.
I am not criticizing anyone in particular; I write useless trophy lists like that myself sometimes. All I am saying is that perhaps we could try to make those trip reports of ours a bit more helpful…