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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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The Gould's form of Collared Inca is one of more than a dozen species of hummingbirds possible on our Macchu Picchu & Abra Malaga, Peru tour. [Photo by participant Richard Stilwell]
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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

MACHU PICCHU & ABRA MALAGA, PERU
Jul 2-11, 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.
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
AUSTRALIA
Oct 2-22, 2015 (I) with Chris Benesh & Jesse Fagan
In two parts for those with limited time. Part I covers the environs of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, southwest Australia, and Alice Springs. Part II begins in Darwin and continues to Queensland (Cairns, Atherton Tableland, Outback Queensland, and O'Reilly's Guest House). Both parts combine for a complete birding tour of Australia.
COLOMBIA: THE LLANOS & MORE
Oct 31 - Nov 10, 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.
MYSTERIES OF SOUTHERN PERU: NAZCA LINES, UNDESCRIBED ANTPITTAS & TAPACULOS
Nov 21 - Dec 5, 2015 with Jesse Fagan & Chris Benesh
A new tour over the Thanksgiving break to many birding sites south of Lima, from Cusco and Arequipa to Lake Titicaca and Nazca. Coastal and Andean birding at its best. Lots of endemics and Peruvian near-endemics.
May be combined with Northern Peru: Endemics Galore
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.
COLOMBIA: BOGOTA, THE MAGDALENA VALLEY & SANTA MARTA
Jan 9-25, 2016 with Jesse Fagan
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 11-20, 2016 with Jesse Fagan
Birding tour for 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 6, 2016)
WESTERN PANAMA: CHIRIQUI & BOCAS DEL TORO
Mar 20-29, 2016 with Jesse Fagan
A new tour to two new Panamanian destinations located in the Chiriqui highlands and Caribbean lowlands at Bocas del Toro.
BAHAMAS: ABACO, ELEUTHERA & KIRTLAND'S WARBLER
Apr 2-9, 2016 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; fun, exciting birding at a relaxed pace.
May be combined with Lesser Antilles
LESSER ANTILLES
Apr 10-25, 2016 with Jesse Fagan
Comprehensive tour searching for all the accessible endemics (many highly endangered) of the southern Caribbean on 10 attractive islands.
May be combined with Bahamas
MOROCCO
May 21 - Jun 7, 2016 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.
PERU'S MAGNETIC NORTH: SPATULETAILS, OWLET LODGE & MORE
Jul 20-31, 2016 with Dan Lane & Jesse Fagan
A 12-day taste of northern Peru's east-slope Andes! Five nights at Long-whiskered Owlet Lodge; much time in the field, yet no camping.
MACHU PICCHU & ABRA MALAGA, PERU
Aug 4-13, 2016 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 Peruvian Rainforests of the Tambopata
NORTHWESTERN ARGENTINA: THE CHACO, CORDOBA & NORTHERN ANDES
Oct 8-26, 2016 with Willy Perez & Jesse Fagan
Comprehensive birding tour of the many habitats of the diverse northwest; many specialty birds.
(Rincon del Socorro Pre-trip from Oct 4, 2016)
May be combined with Southern Argentina
COLOMBIA: THE LLANOS & MORE
Nov 5-15, 2016 with Jesse Fagan
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.
MYSTERIES OF SOUTHERN PERU: NAZCA LINES, UNDESCRIBED ANTPITTAS & TAPACULOS
Nov 19 - Dec 3, 2016 with Jesse Fagan & Pepe Rojas
A new tour over the Thanksgiving break to many birding sites south of Lima, from Cusco and Arequipa to Lake Titicaca and Nazca. Coastal and Andean birding at its best. Lots of endemics and Peruvian near-endemics.
HOLIDAY COSTA RICA: RANCHO NATURALISTA
Dec 30, 2016 - Jan 7, 2017 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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