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"Great birds, great places, great guides, great food...wow, what a great time I had! I enjoyed the personalities of the guides, Chris Benesh and Jesse Fagan. They made the trip fun and memorable. I hope to travel with them again in the near future."
- D.G., ALASKA

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Pico Bonito itself is visible from the veranda at The Lodge at Pico Bonito. (Photo by guide Rose Ann Rowlett)
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JESSE FAGAN: Field Guides Leader

Do you have time for a little video fun? See Jesse in action during the December 2013 World Birding Rally Challenge in Peru in this entertaining episode of host James Currie's Nikon Birding Adventures TV series. It's the "Motmot" having a great time for a week with fellow Field Guide Dan Lane and colleague Fernando Angulo as they go from the Amazonian lowlands to famed Machu Picchu aiming for the first-place trophy. Enjoy!

Jesse Fagan has been passionate about birds since his teens, when he had an encounter with a flying Pileated Woodpecker. He has birded throughout the United States, including spending seven years in Texas, and since 1995 has been studying the birds of El Salvador. In 2008 he published a CD of bird sounds of El Salvador, Vocalizaciones de las Aves de El Salvador. In 2005 and 2006 he co-led birding trips to Honduras, and in 2008 he guided the Field Guides inaugural tour to that country. He also designed and led the El Salvador banding tour and leads both tours to Guatemala. Jesse has birded in or led tours to Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, and France. He is keenly interested in islands and enjoys leading many of the Field Guides tours in the Caribbean.

Jesse holds a B.S. and an M.S. in mathematics from Texas Tech University. Prior to joining Field Guides, he taught mathematics at the university level. Currently, he is working on a bilingual field guide to the birds of Northern Central America due to be published in 2013. He is known as the Motmot (or mot) to his closest birding pals.

"An A+ overall experience. The best features of the tour were staying in one place with trips out to other habitats. Rancho Naturalista is comfortable and very birdy. I am making plans for another tour with guide Jesse Fagan. As always, your office staff were helpful and pleasant." P. T., Holiday Costa Rica: Rancho Naturalista 2011



Jesse's Upcoming Tours

HOLIDAY IN HONDURAS: THE LODGE AT PICO BONITO
Dec 29, 2014 - Jan 3, 2015 with Jesse Fagan & local guide
A holiday birding tour over New Year's based in a lovely and bird-rich setting at The Lodge at Pico Bonito.
COLOMBIA: BOGOTA, THE MAGDALENA VALLEY & SANTA MARTA
Jan 12-28, 2015 with Jesse Fagan & local guide
Energetic, endemic-oriented (30+) tour connecting reserves up the Magdalena Valley from Bogota to the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
GUATEMALA: SHADE-GROWN BIRDING
Feb 12-21, 2015 with Jesse Fagan
Birding tour for numerous Middle American specialties, among them Resplendent Quetzal, a host of hummingbirds, and Azure-rumped Tanager, set against a dramatic volcanic landscape and colorful Mayan culture.
(Temples of Tikal Pre-tour from Feb 8, 2015)
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Mar 14-21, 2015 with Jesse Fagan & Tom Johnson
Short birding tour for many specialties and endemics including the unusual Palmchat.
May be combined with Puerto Rico
BAHAMAS: ABACO, ANDROS, ELEUTHERA & KIRTLAND'S WARBLER
Apr 4-11, 2015 with Jesse Fagan
Small-group tour for four Bahamian endemics, several Caribbean endemics, a few early migrants, Kirtland's Warbler, and a sampling of West Indian butterflies; exciting birding at a relaxed pace.
BIRDING PLUS -- DO THE CHARLESTON!: SPRING IN SOUTH CAROLINA
Apr 26 - May 2, 2015 with Jesse Fagan
Our tour combining spring migration and a touch of the mountains with lovely and historic Charleston, South Carolina.
UGANDA: SHOEBILL, RIFT ENDEMICS & GORILLAS
May 23 - Jun 12, 2015 with Jesse Fagan & local guide
The rare Shoebill and a wealth of other birds and many Central African specialties combined with opportunities to trek for Chimps and Mountain Gorillas.
GALAPAGOS: AN INTIMATE LOOK AT DARWIN'S ISLANDS
Jul 11-21, 2015 with Jesse Fagan & local guide
A must for any naturalist and birder; small-group, broad coverage of the islands with plenty of time for the birds, exploring, and photography.
May be combined with Machu Picchu & Abra Malaga, Peru
MACHU PICCHU & ABRA MALAGA, PERU
Jul 21-30, 2015 with Jesse Fagan
Southern Peru's east-slope, temperate birding at its best, featuring several endemics and scenic Andean puna; also Machu Picchu and great subtropical birding on and near lovely hotel grounds.
May be combined with Galapagos
MOROCCO
Sep 7-24, 2015 with Jesse Fagan
Endemic, rare, and specialty birds from coastal wetlands and towering cliffs to the Atlas Mountains and the northwest corner of the Sahara.
May be combined with France: Camargue & Pyrenees
COLOMBIA: THE LLANOS & MORE
Oct 31 - Nov 12, 2015 with Jesse Fagan & local guide
A new tour to the rich birding sites around Bogota including Chingaza and Chicaque national parks plus a trip to the llanos of eastern Colombia for Crestless Curassow, Pale-headed Jacamar, and White-bearded Flycatcher, among others.
HOLIDAY SOUTHERN PERU
Nov 21 - Dec 3, 2015 with Jesse Fagan & Chris Benesh
A new tour over the Thanksgiving break to many birding sites south of Lima and to Arequipa, Lake Titicaca, and Cusco. Coastal and Andean birding at its best. Lots of endemics and Peruvian near-endemics.
HOLIDAY COSTA RICA: RANCHO NATURALISTA
Dec 27, 2015 - Jan 4, 2016 with Jesse Fagan & local guide
One-site holiday tour based at the comfortable Rancho Naturalista Lodge, with excursions to other habitats on Costa Rica's bird-rich Caribbean slope.


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