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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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The endangered Northern Bald Ibis is high on our list of specialties on the Morocco tour. (Photo by guide Jesse Fagan)
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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 the United States and northern Central America and is currently completing a field guide to the region. 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. He guides tours in Peru, Colombia, and Argentina, as well as to Central America, Africa, and Australia.

"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

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 & local guide
A 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.
PERU'S RARELY EXPLORED SOUTH: HIGH ARID DESERTS & NAZCA LINES
Nov 19 - Dec 1, 2016 with Jesse Fagan
A tour over the Thanksgiving break through grand Peruvian landscapes 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 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.
COLOMBIA: BOGOTA, THE MAGDALENA VALLEY & SANTA MARTA
Jan 14-29, 2017 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 10-18, 2017 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.
(Tikal & Guacamayas Pre-tour from Feb 5, 2017)
JAMAICA
Feb 26 - Mar 4, 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
Mar 18-27, 2017 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
Apr 1-7, 2017 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.
BIRDING PLUS -- DO THE CHARLESTON!: SPRING IN SOUTH CAROLINA
Apr 23-29, 2017 with Jesse Fagan
Our tour combining spring migration and a touch of the mountains with lovely and historic Charleston, South Carolina.
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! Five nights at Long-whiskered Owlet Lodge; much time in the field, yet no camping.
May be combined with Machu Picchu & Abra Malaga, Peru or Iquitos, Peru
MACHU PICCHU & ABRA MALAGA, PERU
Aug 3-12, 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 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 6-26, 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 11-21, 2017 with Jesse Fagan & local guide
A 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.
PERU'S RARELY EXPLORED SOUTH: HIGH ARID DESERTS & NAZCA LINES
Nov 25 - Dec 7, 2017 with Jesse Fagan
A tour over the Thanksgiving break through grand Peruvian landscapes 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 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.


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