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"I chose this tour because Jesse Fagan was leading it and we had such a good time with him last year. This was a wonderful overall experience! Best features were Jesse, the small group, the great seafood. I'd definitely travel with Jesse again -- I'm already signed up for his Dominican Republic tour next year. Group experience was great, as was the office service."
- L.C., BAHAMAS

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Waved Albatrosses in the Galapagos are graceful in flight and fascinating in their displays on the ground. [Photos by participant Johnny Powell]
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JESSE FAGAN: Field Guides Leader

Jesse Fagan (a.k.a. the Motmot or just "Mot") has been passionate about birds since his teens, when he had an encounter with a flying Pileated Woodpecker. He has birded extensively throughout North America and in 2016 published the Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) with co-author Oliver Komar and illustrators Robert Dean and Peter Burke. In addition, Mot has experience in many other areas of Central and South America, Europe, and Africa. He likes to think he can bird anywhere at any time and still show you the birds, but most importantly, a good time.

Jesse holds a B.S. and an M.S. in mathematics from Texas Tech University. He is currently living in Lima, Peru with his wife, Rocio.

"Jesse is a top-notch birder; his spotting skills are incredible--and almost as importantly, he's excellent at getting people in the group on the birds he's spotted. He's also well-organized, good at handling group logistics, and has a flaming sense of humor, all of which combine to make the tour both rewarding and a lot of fun." S. G., Machu Picchu & Abra Malaga, Peru



Jesse's Upcoming Tours

GALAPAGOS: AN INTIMATE LOOK AT DARWIN'S ISLANDS
Jun 10-20, 2017 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.
MACHU PICCHU & ABRA MALAGA, PERU
Jul 7-16, 2017 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 Peru's Magnetic North
PERU'S MAGNETIC NORTH: SPATULETAILS, OWLET LODGE & MORE
Jul 15-26, 2017 with Dan Lane & Jesse Fagan
A 12-day taste of northern Peru's east-slope Andes, including five nights at Owlet Lodge.
May be combined with Machu Picchu & Abra Malaga, Peru or Iquitos, Peru
MACHU PICCHU & ABRA MALAGA, PERU
Aug 3-12, 2017 with Jesse Fagan & Cory Gregory
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 Iquitos, Peru
MOROCCO
Sep 11-27, 2017 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 9-29, 2017 (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
Nov 11-19, 2017 with Jesse Fagan & local guide
A short but bird-rich small-group tour to the llanos of eastern Colombia for Crestless Curassow, Pale-headed Jacamar, and White-bearded Flycatcher, among others, plus several sites near the capital city of Bogota for a fine variety of endemics and specialties.
May be combined with Colombia: Cali Escape
JAMAICA
Nov 19-25, 2017 with Jesse Fagan & local guide
A quick adventure in search of Jamaica's 27 endemics and numerous regional specialties at Green Castle Estate.
WESTERN PANAMA: CHIRIQUI & BOCAS DEL TORO
Dec 8-17, 2017 with Jesse Fagan
A new tour to two new Panamanian destinations located in the Chiriqui highlands and Caribbean lowlands at Bocas del Toro.
HOLIDAY COSTA RICA: RANCHO NATURALISTA
Dec 29, 2017 - Jan 6, 2018 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 13-28, 2018 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.
WESTERN PANAMA: CHIRIQUI & BOCAS DEL TORO
Mar 18-27, 2018 with Jesse Fagan
A new tour to two new Panamanian destinations located in the Chiriqui highlands and Caribbean lowlands at Bocas del Toro.
May be combined with Panama's Canopy Tower & Lodge
BAHAMAS: ENDEMICS & KIRTLAND'S WARBLER
Mar 31 - Apr 6, 2018 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.
UGANDA: SHOEBILL, RIFT ENDEMICS & GORILLAS
May 19 - Jun 8, 2018 with Jesse Fagan
The rare Shoebill and a wealth of other birds and many Central African specialties combined with opportunities to trek for Chimps and Mountain Gorillas.
MACHU PICCHU & ABRA MALAGA, PERU
Jun 15-24, 2018 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 Central Peruvian Endemics or Peru's Magnetic North
PERU'S MAGNETIC NORTH: SPATULETAILS, OWLET LODGE & MORE
Jun 23 - Jul 4, 2018 with Dan Lane & Jesse Fagan
A 12-day taste of northern Peru's east-slope Andes, including five nights at Owlet Lodge.
May be combined with Machu Picchu & Abra Malaga, Peru
JAGUAR SPOTTING: PANTANAL & GARDEN OF THE AMAZON
Jul 21 - Aug 1, 2018 with Marcelo Barreiros & Jesse Fagan
This short but action-packed Brazil birding tour features the Pantanal at its best, a nice taste of southern Amazonian birds, and excellent chances of seeing a Jaguar.
PERUVIAN RAINFORESTS OF THE TAMBOPATA: MACAW LICK EXTRAORDINAIRE
Aug 6-19, 2018 with Jesse Fagan & local guide
Three-site tour to the most species-rich rainforest on Earth. Largest known macaw lick, canopy walkway and towers, eagles, and monkeys.
May be combined with Mountains of Manu, Peru
MOROCCO
Sep 10-26, 2018 with Jesse Fagan & Godfried Schreur
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
MACHU PICCHU & ABRA MALAGA, PERU
Oct 5-14, 2018 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.
COLOMBIA: CALI ESCAPE: CLOUD FORESTS OF THE CENTRAL & WESTERN ANDES
Nov 3-11, 2018 with Jesse Fagan & local guide
Cloud forests of two Colombian cordilleras and their rich assortment of hummingbirds and tanagers are highlights of this Thanksgiving Escape across the Caribbean to tropical Colombia. Starting in Cali and exiting through Manizales and Bogota, we will use several good city hotels and one simple ecotourism lodge primarily to access Andean forests, but also dry woodland, marshes, and the paramo.
May be combined with Colombia: The Llanos & More
COLOMBIA: THE LLANOS & MORE
Nov 11-19, 2018 with Jesse Fagan & local guide
A short but bird-rich small-group tour to the llanos of eastern Colombia for Crestless Curassow, Pale-headed Jacamar, and White-bearded Flycatcher, among others, plus several sites near the capital city of Bogota for a fine variety of endemics and specialties.
May be combined with Colombia: Cali Escape
HOLIDAY IN HONDURAS: THE LODGE AT PICO BONITO
Dec 22-28, 2018 with Jesse Fagan
A holiday birding tour over New Year's based in a lovely and bird-rich setting at The Lodge at Pico Bonito.


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