Birdman of Suriname soars with international visitors

Chris Roberts By Chris Roberts, 9th May 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/22-v-_t0/
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Personality profile of naturalist Sean Dilrosun working in Suriname

Birdman of Suriname soars with international visitors

Sean Dilrosun has his eyes on nature. In fact, that’s the name of his tour company – Eyes on Nature. Maybe it should be eyes and ears. He sees and hears what others do not.

Dilrosun guides curious nature lovers in Suriname, a small country along the northeast coast of South America, known for its rain forests and eco-tourism.

“The effect I hope to have on people is to have them turn around and see what they are hearing,” says Dilrosun, as he looks over my shoulder and points to a thrush. “Even if you’re not into birds, you can still find bird watching an interesting experience for their songs and colors. And there will always be other sights, like an unusual plant, sloth, monkey, snake or caiman.”

There are over 10,000 species of birds in the world. In South America, there are 5,000 varieties. Suriname boasts about 750 species, about the same as the United States or Europe. Many birds spotted are not considered rare, but only found in this region. In the Guyanas, 70 species are considered endemic.

Dilrosun, who has been specializing in birds since 1999, is both a guide and self-made naturalist, as he likes to say. When searching for wildlife with a small group of visitors, he is draped in gear to make the excursion come to life – high-powered telescope, binoculars, recorder, sensitive microphone and speaker.

If there is a Crimson-hooded Manakin in the trees, he plays their song and then listens for a response. Usually, the hidden winged visitor appears. By playing recognized sounds to lure birds, Dilrosun turns a “walk in the park” into more than a stroll. In the rain forest you could call him the Crocodile Dundee of birds.

“I point out what others can’t see,” says Dilrosun. Within the city limits of capital Paramaribo, birds and other wildlife are found at the local botanical park. Within an hour, he produces smart scopeviews of a Squirrel Monkey, Little Cuckoo, Striated Heron, Green-rumped Parrotlet, Wattled Jacana, Crimson-hooded Manakin, and three Spectacled Caiman. Not bad for the city park. Imagine what the country's famed interior will have.

Eyes on Nature offers trips for those who want in-depth information. Full trips include lodging, meals and transportation. His true talent, though, is looking through thick jungle and finding a wild delight to share with his guests. He adds, “I can’t guarantee a sloth sighting, but I can with birds.”

When you go
Surinam Airways, the national carrier, offers 5 weekly flights from Miami. This is the way to go www.flyslm.com.

For Suriname bird expeditions, contact METS (Movement for Eco-tourism in Suriname), the primary travel & tour company catering to groups and independent travelers www.surinamevacations.com.

Need information on what endemic birds you may see, Sean Dilrosun will help via email seandil@hotmail.com or call 011-597-884-9881. Excuse the pun, but you cannot Tweet him.

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author avatar Rose*
16th Dec 2013 (#)

It sounds like he's doing good work!

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