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A new chapter for this Baja birder. – Chris Llewellyn's "Birds Eye Views"

A new chapter for this Baja birder.

ChrisnDebbie in Costa Rica

As most of you know by now, my darling wife Debbie, and I lost her 12 year struggle with cancer in September.  Diagnosed with Ovarian cancer with a prognosis of living six months, we decided right away to stop working 24/7 and travel the world, cameras in hand.  While on safaris in Botswana we noticed while other couples watched the lions and elephants from one side of the Land Rover, we were captured by the beauty of the birds.  Thats when I came up with the idea of writing a book named “Birds WE See” and donate the profits to cancer research.  

Debbie in bird heaven.

I thought after 12 years of surgeries, chemo and living life around hospitals, even being Life-Flighted back to the states from other countries a few times, that I might be able to cope with my loss.  My family, friends and the birds remind me that Debbie, also known as “Lotta Tidbits”, is no longer in pain but my heart is still broken.  She was a strong and brave woman.

Debbie pointing at sleeping lions in Sandibe

Trying to get my life back, I took a boat ride from Los Barriles to a “fishing spot”.  While the captain was focused on catching fish, which we did, I spotted a “different” bird (new to me I thought).  From the rocking boat I took my first photo since Debbie’s passing.  Turns out the speedy, diving, single species is a Nazca Booby.  Although I had photographed them in The Galapogas Islands  it is a rarity for these parts.   I reported the bird, photo included, to eBird and it was confirmed and given the “rare bird” designation it deserved.

Nazca Booby












That’s all for now.  This is the most difficult post I’ve ever tried to make.  By-the-way, I only have incoming email for now and can’t send.  I’d like to hear from you but I can’t reply.  Chris@birdswesee.com.  Have a great day and happy birding.  Please “like” this site so others will know what’s going on.  or chrisllewellyn0211@Gmail.com

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6 Replies to “A new chapter for this Baja birder.”

  1. Dear Chris – We just heard a few days ago that Debbie has passed. Debbie was a vital force. There are very few people for which that can be said. Her positive energy was always present. She has been in inspiration to me. And we will miss her.

    You and Debbie have a beautiful love match. Your wonderful love affair and deep friendship has been wonderful to observe. I know that Debbie’s passing has left a tangible void. I hope you can find solace in the amazing memories that the two of you created together. We are so sad for your loss, and send you our warmest thoughts and wishes as you navigate the next chapter of your life. Carry Debbie’s vital force with you as you make your way and I know that you will find the fulfillment and happiness that Debbie would want for you in her absence. This is a very hard time. Stay strong.
    Love, Holly and Stephen

  2. Chris, I put off reading this because I knew I would cry all the way through it, (which I did, and am) and I realize how painful it was for you to write it. I did enjoy the phone call when you told me about it (cried too).
    How interesting the reply from the (Jim and Debbie) was. To think they were living in Los Barriles and you didn’t meet them.
    I hope your future “Blogs” will come up as notifications to me.——-Much Love, MOM

  3. Chris – we are thinking of you. We know Debbie would be glad you have gone birding since you arrived back in Los Barriles. You know she was with you and that is a good thing.

    Hugs, Bill & Jane Perry

  4. So sorry to hear your sad news. I have followed your post for a couple of years now and really enjoit. I hope you can carry on without Debbie.

  5. Hola Jim and Debbie,
    Letters like this help me so much. Yes, I remember your help finding the Ani and that memory is still close to me. I wish you the very best and I mean it, Chris

  6. Chris,
    We have never met officially ( I am the Grooved-bill Ani guy from a number of years ago). My wife and I were able to meet Debbie at one of the Art Shows at Colina (actually on the day you went to find the Ani).
    I want to give my sincerest condolences. My wife, also Debbie, is my best friend in all walks of life, but especially birding. She loves it; maybe not quite as much as I do, but close.
    We have recently sold our house in Los Barriles and have moved back to the San Diego area after 15 years in LB, so have moved our birding headquarters. One of the reasons we left LB is that we found ourselves traveling to the point that we were seldom there. Easier to travel out of the USA.
    Anyway, please accept our wishes and if you are ever interested in staying in San Diego on one of your trips back and forth, let us know. Would love to have you stay and go take some pictures.
    Jim and Debbie Babbitt

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