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June 2017 emailing

June 14th, 2017 by Field Guides

It’s full-on summer now, with current Alaska, Montana, Brazil, Borneo, and Galapagos tours almost complete, and Iceland, Spitsbergen, Peru, Ecuador, New Guinea, and much more coming right up. In this emailing you can catch up on recent Field Guides tours with 87 fresh images from 9 departures in our May Recent Photos gallery. Linked below we also bring you 12 recent illustrated triplists (lots of pics and anecdotes), 9 fresh itineraries ready for 2018, and spaces available in the next few months (including a few in July). The image of guide Chris Benesh with two of our group in Monfrague N.P. below, from our recent Spain: La Mancha, Coto Donana & Extremadura tour, is a sample photographed by participant Chuck Holliday. Enjoy reading and viewing, and good birding to all!

FIELD GUIDES Spain tour

Tour news: Ecuador ’17, Costa Rica Edges ’18

If you’re looking for an unusual opportunity to bird Ecuador, here’s one: We currently have 3 folks booked on guide Willy Perez’s ECUADOR: RAINFOREST & ANDES tour scheduled for Sep 3-17, 2017. We need just two more to confirm it as a “go” — and this close to departure if we get those two more it’s likely to remain a very small group with Willy (at left below). What might you see? Well, it’s Ecuador, and there are myriad new birds in every direction — our checklist for the tour lists more than 900 reasonable possibilities, of which Willy’s most recent tour recorded nearly 600! Are you tempted? Contact our office to hold a space or two.

We recently added a short slideshow to our COSTA RICA: BIRDING THE EDGES tour page, and you can see it in larger format here (click on the Play arrow there). Tom Johnson (center, above) and Cory Gregory (r.) guided our 2017 two-parted tour, and they are on tap for our January 2018 departures as well. Tom put together a fun photos-and-captions piece for our June newsletter, which is about to mail. Here’s a sneak preview in PDF format — check out page 3 to see Tom’s piece “Costa Rica from Top to Bottom.” Dates for the two parts are Jan 6-15, 2018 and Jan 14-23, 2018. Each part recorded more than 300 species in 2017, and you can see the richly illustrated triplists at these links:

Birding news: Little Bunting, podcast appearance & more

In one of the surprise finds of the season, guide Richard Webster discovered a Little Bunting while birding in extreme S.E. Arizona at the end of May! A very cool find that turned out to be a one-day wonder, but a few other folks were lucky enough also to see it. There’s a brief report on the ABA Blog.
 
Bill Thompson III (editor of Bird Watcher’s Digest) has been hosting a podcast called This Birding Life for the past 10 years, and the latest episode (#68) features an interview with our own Jan Pierson. Bill and Jan had a fun conversation, ranging from Jan’s beginning as a birder to the collaborative ownership of Field Guides to favorite birding destinations and fantasy birding companions. Have a listen at this link! (If you listen to it directly in your browser, you’ll see a bunch of FG photos from 1985 to now, too.)
 
Birders like to know what the wind is doing, especially during migration. In a past emailing, we mentioned the wind map for the US. Did you know you can also see one for the globe? It’s a pretty neat animation of what’s going on anywhere of interest to you at this time.
 
And speaking of migration, if you’ve been wondering how birds are affected by warmer and earlier springs, eBird data have been used in assessing a potential mismatch for many species between spring green-up and arrival dates. Read more about it here.

Lots of fresh Instagram posts

Fo a little additional fun, check out our recent Instagram posts for a variety of beautiful photos by our guides and participants and info from our tours (you can see it from your smartphone or tablet app or on your computer). Become one of our 1000+ followers if you’d like to keep up with new posts, which now appear most weekdays. Enjoy!

Triplists from recent tours

Click on any image below to see our annotated and illustrated online triplist. (And be sure also to see our May Recent Photos gallery for other great images.)


 

Comments from our travelers

Your post-tour comments on our evaluation form help us ensure that we offer the best possible tour experience and service, in the field and from our office.

“A great tour! Looking forward to another trip with guide Dave Stejskal. Dave demonstrates a good mix of professional behavior and a great sense of humor and fun.” M.S., ARIZONA: BIRDING THE BORDER 2017

“An excellent experience! It was well organized and very interesting. Guides Eric Hynes and Cory Gregory were a highlight. Both were very patient and service-oriented. Office service was top-notch.” S.R., MAINE: BIRDING DOWNEAST 2017

“An excellent tour! It went by too fast. Having Chris Benesh or Tom Johnson as a guide definitely plays into my decision to take a trip. Both together…..slam dunk. I always look to Field Guides first as you are consistent in outstanding service (office and guides) and exceed my expectations. I would say Field Guides outperforms the other tour companies in most trip aspects.” M.T., ALASKA 2017

“The whole experience was excellent. Megan Crewe is a first class guide with amazing eyes for birds. I was impressed with the excellent organization that Field Guides has put together to make the trip run smoothly. Megan knew all of the in-country support people, treated them well, and everyone was friendly. Field Guides, in my mind, is at the top of the heap when it comes to bird tours. Well organized,with superb guides.” E.T., GUYANA: WILDERNESS PARADISE 2017
 
“This was a wonderful, fun, extraordinary trip. Terry Stevenson is the creme de la creme of all the extraordinary guides at Field Guides. Terry’s style is simply the perfect way of building group cohesiveness and giving the trip a real sense of fun. He also interacts with everyone and keeps all informed. His knowledge and identification of birds are truly incredible. The way he interacted with all the local guides and others on the trip contributed to a fantastic trip.” D.T., HUNGARY & ROMANIA 2017

Private tours: plan your own

Want to organize your own tour with a group of special birding friends and one of our staff guides? We regularly put together just such private departures for groups of 6 or more, and they are invariably a big hit. Here’s an example of an illustrated triplist from one such recent tour, a wonderful Thailand survey with guides Dave Stejskal and John Rowlett. You can start planning your group’s next great birding trip — just contact our office.

Tour openings: July to November

Participant Steve Rannels caught this striking Lesser Bird-of-paradise in flight on our 2016 summer Papua New Guinea tour. Our next PNG departure is coming right up July 6-23 with Jay VanderGaast & Doug Gochfeld (1 space). Additionally, we’ll be visiting this land of birds-of-paradise and myriad other endemics on two other 2017 departures, Papua New Guinea & New Britain in Style with Phil Gregory, Sep 16-Oct 3 (1 space), and New Guinea & Australia with Jay VanderGaast, Oct 8-26 (4 spaces). Check out those tour pages for more details. If you’d like to hold a space on these trips or any of the ones listed below with space still open from July through November, just contact our office.

Recently posted 2018 itineraries


May 2017 Emailing

May 18th, 2017 by Field Guides

As our last spring migration tours wrap up, we’re excited to head into our summer schedule, beginning with Alaska, Mongolia, the Grand Canyon, and Borneo. In this emailing you can catch up on recent Field Guides tours with 108 eye-catching images from 15 departures in our April Recent Photos gallery. Linked below we also bring you 12 recent illustrated triplists (lots of pics, videos, and anecdotes), and 12 fresh itineraries, one for our added 2017 Vietnam departure, the others for early 2018. The Hawaii group image below is a sample, photographed by participant Maureen Phair. Enjoy reading and viewing, and good birding to all!

FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

Updates for 2017: June/July and the holidays

Are you hoping for a birding vacation this summer? Well, you can still grab one or two of the last spaces we have open on a few June and July tours…check out the listing below under “Tour openings” for everything from the Galapagos and New Guinea to Jaguar Spotting or Spatuletails.
 
And if the Nov-Dec holidays are already in your getaway dreams, it’s good to plan early, both for space and for flights. Eight of our holiday trips are already tentatively full, but the following still have openings:

We have an updated limit for a fall tour: We’ve reduced the limit of our Brazil’s Remote Rio Tapajos tour from 10 to 8 with Bret Whitney. For a visual taste of the area — where few birders have ever been — check out Bret’s slideshow preview for the tour. There are 3 spaces open.

For your bookshelf: Phil’s new New Guinea guide!

Have you heard the exciting news? Guide Phil Gregory’s hot-off-the-press field guide to Birds of New Guinea is due out May 25! From the Lynx Edicions website:

This is the first field guide to cover the entire New Guinea region, comprising Indonesian West Papua (including the West Papuan Islands, Geelvink Bay Islands and Aru Islands) and Papua New Guinea and its associated islands, the Bismarcks and Bougainville. All of the 943 species known to occur are covered, including the extraordinarily high total of 456 endemics, as well as 5 introduced species, 2 species yet to be formally described and a separate appendix with 75 vagrants. Subspecies are listed also to give a comprehensive overview of the remarkable regional avifauna.

You can order from Lynx Edicions — then you’ll be ready to head off for birds-of-paradise and more!

Bird news

From the All About Birds website of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology comes this recent piece by Scott Weidensaul on the wonders of migration (and note the several fine photos by guide Tom Johnson). Scott also touches on some of the technological innovations recently developed (e.g., the Motus network) and soon to be implemented (such as large-scale audio tracking) that assist scientists and birders in following migrating birds as well as help them identify the threats to their passage and the resources the migrants need most.
 
On a more sobering note, this article appeared recently in the Washington Post about a building strike by migrating birds in Houston. There’s an informative PDF linked from the article outlining best practices for reducing building and window collisions for structures of various sizes and, on pages 10-11, specific measures you can implement around your home.

Instagram posts

If you are on Instagram, check out our recent posts for a variety of beautiful photos by our guides and participants and info from our tours (you can see it from your smartphone or tablet app or on your computer). Become one of our followers if you’d like to keep up with new posts, which now appear most weekdays. Enjoy!

Triplists from recent tours

Click on any image below to see our annotated and illustrated online triplist. (And be sure also to see our April Recent Photos gallery for other great images.)

Comments from our travelers

Your post-tour comments on our evaluation form help us ensure that we offer the best possible tour experience and service, in the field and from our office.

“This experience was at least as good as I’ve had with other tour companies or organizations, if not the best. Field Guides has really got the art of group bird watching tours down to a science. Guide John Coons has a great leadership style and always kept us abreast of our flexible schedule changes as we followed the birds. Love the depth of his experience and bird knowledge.” J.H., TEXAS COAST MIGRATION SPECTACLE 2017

“Guides Tom Johnson and Doug Gochfeld were fantastic!!! Not only are they excellent birders, making sure that everyone saw every bird, but were solicitous in making sure everyone in the group had their expectations met and exceeded. Office service was excellent. Every detail was anticipated and met from registration to tour to airport drop-off. I have traveled with another organization, and I must admit that Field Guides was far superior in every aspect. I am looking forward to traveling with Field Guides again. The quality of the tour guides and their expertise is second to none.” C.M., PUERTO RICO 2017

“Really enjoyed this tour. We’d travel again with guide Jesse Fagan, without question. We’ve specifically asked about some of Jesse’s other tours so we could consider those possibilities. Every time we have asked for assistance, advice, etc., the office staff has been prompt, efficient, and cordial. We feel we know most of you well.” S.E., WESTERN PANAMA: CHIRIQUI & BOCAS DEL TORO 2017

“An absolutely excellent tour. Guide Willy Perez was one of the best we have had. He is knowledgeable, efficient, and very personable. The location on this tour is stunning, with good birding opportunities. As always, Field Guides office staff were very informative and helpful.” B.B., ECUADOR’S WILDSUMACO LODGE 2017

Private tours: plan your own

Want to organize your own tour with a group of special birding friends and one of our staff guides? We regularly put together just such private departures for groups of 6 or more, and they are invariably a big hit. Here’s an example of an illustrated triplist from one such recent tour, a wonderful Australia survey with guides John Coons and Rose Ann Rowlett. You can start planning your group’s next great birding trip — just contact our office.

Tour openings: June to October

“Eye-catching” is a good descriptor for Sword-billed Hummingbird on our PERU’S MAGNETIC NORTH tour, yet the marquee birds for the trip are two additional amazing creatures: Marvelous Spatuletail and Long-whiskered Owlet. Peru experts Dan Lane (of Peru field guide fame) and Jesse Fagan (based in Lima) will be guiding our upcoming summer tour, Jul 15-26, and there is still 1 space open. See our 2016 triplist here for all the highlights from that tour, including encounters with the owlet and spatuletail as well as many other wonderful endemics and specialties. Oh, and the landscape? Fabulous!
 
There are still opportunities to get away birding with us in the next few months on these select tours among the 53 on tap June to October. Contact our office to hold a space!

Recently posted 2017-2018 itineraries


April 2017 Emailing

April 13th, 2017 by Field Guides

Spring greetings, birding friends! We hope the birds are afield in full song, wherever you may be. In this emailing we bring you several just-added 2017 departures (June Cloudforests of Ecuador II, Vietnam and Louisiana II in early November), and we have now confirmed New Guinea & Australia II for October…details below. You can catch up on recent Field Guides tours with 95 fabulous images from 12 tours in our March Recent Photos gallery. Linked below we also bring you 14 recent illustrated triplists (lots of pics, videos, and anecdotes), and 15 fresh itineraries for late 2017 and early 2018. The lovely Bar-headed Geese below are a sample, photographed by participant Becky Hansen in Northern India. Enjoy reading and viewing, and good birding to all!

Bar-headed Geese by Northern India participant Becky Hansen

Four extra 2017 departures

Cloudforests of Ecuador II — New Guinea/Australia II — Louisiana II — Vietnam

Our scheduling folks have been busy again this past month, adding three more 2017 departures and confirming a fourth we mentioned in March — let us know if you are interested!
 
With his first departure fully booked, guide Willy Perez will be in the lead on CLOUDFORESTS OF ECUADOR: THE BEST OF THE WILD NORTHWEST II, Jul 17-27. This 11-day tour offers a great chance for such spectaculars as Long-wattled Umbrellabird and Andean Cock-of-the-rock, and possibly even Spectacled Bear, plus a large selection from the bird riches of Ecuador’s Andes and the Choco region of the northwest. Here’s a link to the itinerary.
 
We’ve confirmed our added NEW GUINEA & AUSTRALIA II departure proposed in last month’s emailing, scheduled with guide Jay VanderGaast for Oct 8-26. This long-popular sampler features the best of New Guinea and its birds-of-paradise plus some great Australian birding out of Cairns and Brisbane. We have a core group booked, but there are still some spaces open! Itinerary’s here.
 
Cajun country remains popular on our fall docket, and with our first departure sold out, guides Dan Lane and Cory Gregory are offering a follow-on LOUISIANA: YELLOW RAILS & CRAWFISH TAILS II tour, Nov 2-6. Who knows, you might even get to ride on a rice combine — the coolest rail-viewing platform!
 
To complement our many other fall choices, guide Dave Stejskal has added VIETNAM for Nov 3-25, a reprise of our highly successful 2016 tour. Lots of specialties and some spectacular scenery are on tap — check out our 2016 illustrated triplist here for a taste of what’s in store. The itinerary and tour fee should be available very soon; in the meantime you can hold a space with no obligation, just let our office know!

Added tours for 2018-2019, and new tour slideshows

Also just announced for those of you planning into next year and beyond:
  • A new OREGON tour scheduled for Sep 8-17, 2018, with Cory Gregory guiding. Lots of Pacific Northwest specialties amidst some inspiring landscapes and coastline. More text info coming soon, but meanwhile there’s a slideshow on the tour page — once there, click on the link for the slideshow in larger format, where you can play it full screen.
  • A new EMPEROR PENGUINS IN THE WEDDELL SEA cruise for that most iconic bird of the southern ice (Tom Johnson will guide; tentative dates are Nov 15-28, 2019, though these may shift a bit).
  • And a reprise of ANTARCTICA, SOUTH GEORGIA & THE FALKLANDS, scheduled for Jan 17-Feb 7, 2019. For some beautiful imagery, once on the tour page click on the link for the slideshow in larger format, then play it full screen…wow!

We’ve also added a slideshow of guide Doug Gochfeld‘s beautiful images from ISRAEL: SPRING MIGRATION SPECTACLE — again, on the tour page, click on the link for the slideshow in larger format, then hit the Play symbol for full-screen…some real lovelies in that gallery. There’s just one space currently open for this new 2018 offering.

Online: Watching migration progress northward

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s BirdCast has been a great migration resource for birders for some years now, and they’ve recently added a new tool to categorize a species’s progress northward. Take a look at their Forecast page and click on the latest week to watch what’s happening now…it’s a great way to see not only movement patterns but pick up some great info and analysis about bird migration.

Marcelo’s short alternatives to perennial faves

Our Alta Floresta & the Northern Pantanal tour in Brazil and our top-to-bottom Chile tour are both perenially popular, and indeed you may have been eyeing them. They do, however, require two-and-a-half and three weeks of time, respectively. Now guide Marcelo Padua is offering two shorter alternatives for those whose schedules are a little more restricted. He’s bringing back two great trips we have offered in the past at Field Guides: BRAZIL’S CRISTALINO JUNGLE LODGE, only 12 days and featuring just two sites, including a 7-night stay at Cristalino, and THE HEART OF CHILE, which at 15 days focuses on central Chile and in the process picks up most of the endemic and specialty birds. Cristalino is scheduled for Nov 4-15 and Heart of Chile for Jan 27-Feb 10, 2018. If your time is at a premium, have a look. Contact our office to hold a space.

Triplists from recent tours

Click on any image below to see our annotated and illustrated online triplist. (And be sure also to see our March Recent Photos gallery for other great images.)

Vietnam with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

Ecuador's Sacha Lodge with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

Jamaica with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

South Texas Rarities with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

Trinidad and Tobago with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

Guyana I with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

Colombia: Santa Marta Escape with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

Thailand with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

Northern India with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

Olwberta: Alberta's Owls and More with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

Panama's Canopy Tower and Lodge with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

Jewels of Ecuador I with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

Chile and Argentina Birds and Wine with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

Guatemala with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

Comments from our travelers

Your post-tour comments on our evaluation form help us ensure that we offer the best possible tour experience and service, in the field and from our office.

“I was very happy with the overall experience. Your tours are so well-planned, your guides superb, the ground operations reliable, and I know that once I am on tour that I can relax and focus on seeing and enjoying the birds. I would most definitely travel with Jesse Fagan again. He’s such a fine guide in the field, insuring that participants have the best opportunities to see the birds, and he’s also a great companion. The tour manager was always prompt to answer any questions, and was very helpful.” B.M., JAMAICA 2017

“It was a pleasure to meet Marcelo Padua, who knows so much about birds and wines, and so nice to travel again with John Coons (my sixth trip with him), so yes indeed — would travel with both of them again anytime! This was a superb experience — one of the best trips I’ve ever been on. It had everything: birds, delicious wines and food, lovely hotels, a spacious and comfortable bus, and the grand Andes!” D.S., BIRDS & WINES OF CHILE AND ARGENTINA

Mitch Lysinger is one of the best guides I have ever traveled with. It turned out that I was the only one on the tour who had not been on tour with him before, and I quickly saw why people want to travel with him over and over. He has an amazing ability to hear birds and call in difficult birds. He is incredibly knowledgeable and personable. I will be looking to travel with Mitch again.” M.P., SOUTHWESTERN ECUADOR SPECIALTIES 2017

“Karen Turner and others in your Austin office did a great job with all our details and with communication. Guide Megan Edwards Crewe has a gift at human relations and it pays off in keeping the group experience good.” D.R., BORNEO 2017

Private tours: plan your own

Want to organize your own tour with a group of special birding friends and one of our staff guides? We regularly put together just such private departures for groups of 6 or more, and they are invariably a big hit. Here’s an example of an illustrated triplist from one such recent tour, a wonderful Australia survey with guides John Coons and Rose Ann Rowlett. You can start planning your group’s next great birding trip — just contact our office.

Tour openings: May to September

Galapagos with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURSThat’s our 2016 Galapagos group above with guide Willy Perez (l.), having a great time cruising and birding through the “Islas Encantadas” aboard our vessel, the Nemo III. Jesse Fagan will be doing the guiding honors this Jun 10-20 for our GALAPAGOS I trip, and there are still 2 spaces open (our second tour, in July, is fully booked). See our 2016 triplist here for all the highlights from that tour, including the many wonderful endemics and such spectaculars as Waved Albatross, Blue-footed Booby, and Swallow-tailed Gull. And if you haven’t read these already, what better excuse to prep by diving into Darwin’s Voyage of the Beagle and Jonathan Weiner’s The Beak of the Finch?
 
There are still opportunities to get away birding with us in the next few months on these select tours among the 53 on tap May to September. Contact our office to hold a space!

Recently posted 2017-2018 itineraries


March 2017 Emailing

March 14th, 2017 by Field Guides

Greetings, birding friends! In this emailing we have an added Thanksgiving 2017 Jamaica departure (and possibilities for Western Panama and New Guinea & Australia), and we catch up on recent tours with 125 fabulous images from more than a dozen tours in our February Recent Photos gallery, and another 12 in our February Recent People Pics. Linked below we also bring you a slideshow for a new Remote Rio Tapajos tour in Brazil, 14 recent illustrated triplists (lots of pics, videos, and anecdotes), and 12 fresh itineraries for late 2017. The lovely northeast Brazil landscape above and Hooded Visorbearer below by guides Bret Whitney and Marcelo Barreiros are samples of recent photos in the gallery. Enjoy reading, and good birding to all!

Recent FIELD GUIDES Tour Photos

Extra fall 2017 departures: Jamaica III & more

Our scheduling folks have been busy…we’ve already added one fall departure to our 2017 schedule and are considering two additional ones — let us know if you are interested!
 
On the calendar already is JAMAICA III with guide Jesse Fagan, Nov 19-25. This is the same great itinerary as our Feb/Mar tours featuring 5 nights at Green Castle Estate (exciting birding, no moving hotels!) and a finale at Rocklands Bird Sanctuary near Montego Bay. It’ll make for a wonderful (and endemic-rich) birding escape over Thanksgiving. Streamertails on your fingers, anyone?
 
Also, we are gauging interest in two more departures we are considering adding:
 
–Our original NEW GUINEA & AUSTRALIA departure is fully booked and the itinerary went out last week. Once we have confirmed everyone on that tour, we will add NEW GUINEA & AUSTRALIA II with guide Jay VanderGaast for Oct 8-26. This long-popular sampler features the best of New Guinea and its birds-of-paradise plus some great Australian birding out of Cairns and Brisbane. If this sounds like a fun fall tour to you, let us know and we’ll pencil you in and keep you abreast of details as things firm up.
 
–We are also in the planning stages of an added WESTERN PANAMA: CHIRIQUI & BOCAS DEL TORO with guide Jesse FaganDec 8-17. This is our two-stop itinerary ranging from the Chiriqui Highlands to lovely Tranquilo Bay, and from Resplendent Quetzal and White-throated Mountain-gem to Snowy Cotinga and Golden-collared Manakin. If you’re interested in this December tour, let us know and we’ll pencil you in and keep you posted.

Bird news: Bret in The Atlantic

Striolated Puffbird article“Some ornithologists have very strong feelings about hyphens.”
 
That’s the somewhat tongue-in-cheek subtitle for author Andrew Jenner’s article on the world of bird taxonomy in the recent issue of The Atlantic. And who should appear in the opening sentence of the article but our own Bret Whitney while in the field in Brazil in 2008 and on the cusp of determining that Striolated Puffbird should be split into several taxa. The tale is spun around the 2013 description of the Western Striolated-Puffbird, Nystalus obamai, which Bret and Brazilian colleagues named for then-President Obama.
 
The article is much more about taxonomic debate than the subtitle, of course. Note that there are several embedded links that will be of interest to our Field Guides friends, in particular to the original paper by Whitney et al.
 
Bret will be doing some more exploring in Amazonia this Sep 30-Oct 11 — he and John Coons will be co-leading our new BRAZIL’S REMOTE RIO TAPAJOS tour. If you’d like a taste of the area, check out this slideshow of Bret’s images from his scouting for the tour…it’s going to be a great wilderness adventure based in a lovely, floating hotel!

Colombia November itinerary update

If Colombia has been on your radar as a travel destination, you’ll be interested to hear that guide Jesse Fagan has updated the itinerary for his COLOMBIA: THE LLANOS & MORE tour, shortening it to just 9 days and reducing the overlap with our other 4 Colombia itineraries. We have two spaces still open on this small-group tour (limited to 6) visiting the open areas of the eastern lowlands for some safari-like birding as well as several sites not far from the capital city of Bogota, where we’ll mine the Colombian Andes’ rich array of endemics and specialties. Dates are Nov 11-19contact our office to grab one or both of those last spaces.

Triplists from recent tours

Click on any image below to see our annotated and illustrated online triplist. (And be sure also to see our February Recent Photos gallery for other great images.)

Southeast Brazil birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Sacha Lodge, Ecuador birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Japan in Winter birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Serra dos Tucanos, Brazil birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Costa Rica: Birding the Edges birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Costa Rica: Birding the Edges birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Oaxaca, Mexico birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Sri Lanka birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Colombia birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Cambodia birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Holiday Costa Rica: Rancho Naturalista birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Rio Negro Paradise, Brazil birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Trinidad & Tobago birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Australia Part One birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Comments from our travelers

Your post-tour comments on our evaluation form help us ensure that we offer the best possible tour experience and service, in the field and from our office.

“Willy Perez as guide has the right combination of professionalism, an infectious passion for birding, patience with clients, and sense of humour that isn’t easy to find in one person. Your office service was excellent. You obviously care about your clients a great deal. We were taken care of from start to finish. I appreciate the care and professionalism that Field Guides puts into your tours.” N.D., AMAZONIAN ECUADOR: SACHA LODGE 2017

“The new birds, the beautiful scenery, a calm and relaxed leader in Richard Webster, and the quality of the birding skills and congeniality of the participants all worked to create an enjoyable experience. Field Guides has the best guides and offers the best value for the cost. The guides are professional and well-trained and Field Guides provides the support staff the guides need in order to focus on the birds and participants.” S.J., COLOMBIA: MEDELLIN ESCAPE 2017

“Field Guides is one of the best companies I have travelled with and everything always runs smoothly. The guides are great and everyone works as a team to make your experience the best. I have confidence traveling with Field Guides.” L.G., JEWELS OF ECUADOR 2017

Private tours: plan your own

Want to organize your own tour with a group of special birding friends and one of our staff guides? We regularly put together just such private departures for groups of 8 or more, and they are invariably a big hit. Here’s an example of an illustrated triplist from one such recent tour, a wonderful Australia survey with guides John Coons and Rose Ann Rowlett. You can start planning your group’s next great birding trip — just contact our office.

Tour openings: late March to July

Papua New Guinea birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

We do a deep dive into the amazing birds-of-paradise and a wide array of other island endemics on our PAPUA NEW GUINEA itinerary — a destination we’ve been visiting for more than 30 years. Guides Jay VanderGaast and Doug Gochfeld will be at the helm to share all those great birds. Dates are July 6-23 and there are four spaces open. See our 2016 triplist here for all the highlights from that tour.

Recently posted 2017-2018 itineraries


February 2017 Emailing

February 9th, 2017 by Field Guides

Greetings, birding friends! In this emailing we catch up on recent tours with our January Recent Photos gallery of 67 images from 7 tours, and we also present 12 illustrated triplists and 13 fresh 2017 itineraries. The Black-throated Tit below is a sample of the recent photos contributed to the gallery by guide Doug Gochfeld from our Vietnam tour, and there are many more from participants and guides. Enjoy reading, and good birding to all!

Field Guides February 2017 Recent Photos Gallery

Updates: AK Fall Goldmine, slideshows, Doug & Cory

Here are a few updates we think you’ll find of interest:
 
1 — The full itinerary for our revised Barrow fall tour, now titled ALASKA FALL GOLDMINE: ROSS’S GULLS IN BARROW & RARITIES ON ST PAUL is online here and the tour page here. Guides Tom Johnson and Doug Gochfeld, with lots of combined Alaska experience, are psyched about the addition of the Pribilofs to complement the Ross’s Gull experience…it should be a great adventure with the possibility of some exciting surprise birds!
 
2 — We have incorporated some fun, short new slideshows of recent trip highlights into some of our tour pages. The slideshows should auto-play when you load the page, and each has a link below it where you can view a larger version. Tour pages with these new shows include the following:
 
3 — Have you met new guides DOUG GOCHFELD and CORY GREGORY? Doug and Cory have been getting rave reviews on post-tour evaluations this past year, and they each have a full docket of tours for 2017 and 2018. Our February newsletter issue, now online at this link, has Page 3 features on both — have a read through, and of course have a look at our website for their full schedules and bios on Doug’s page and Cory’s page. And there’s also lots of other great material in that February issue, including a feature on our new tours for 2018. Enjoy!

Private tours: plan your own

Want to organize your own tour with a group of special birding friends and one of our staff guides? We regularly put together just such private departures for groups of 8 or more, and they are invariably a big hit. Here’s an example of an illustrated triplist from one such recent tour, a wonderful Australia survey with guides John Coons and Rose Ann Rowlett. You can start planning your group’s next great birding trip — just contact our office.

Triplists from recent tours

Click on any image below to see our annotated and illustrated online triplist. (And be sure also to see our January Recent Photos gallery for other great images.)
 
Field Guides Birding Tour to CHILE
Field Guides Birding Tour to MADAGASCAR
Field Guides Birding Tour to NEW ZEALAND
Field Guides Birding Tour to NEW GUINEA & AUSTRALIA
Field Guides Birding Tour to SOUTHERN INDIA
Field Guides Birding Tour to BRAZIL'S MOUTH OF THE AMAZON
Field Guides Birding Tour to PANAMA'S CANOPY LODGE
Field Guides Birding Tour to BOLIVIA
Field Guides Birding Tour to SAN ISIDRO in ECUADOR
Field Guides Birding Tour to ARIZONA
Field Guides Birding Tour to COSTA RICA
Field Guides Birding Tour to ECUADOR'S WILDSUMACO LODGE

Comments from our travelers

Your post-tour comments on our evaluation form help us ensure that we offer the best possible tour experience and service, in the field and from our office.

“This Guyana tour was even better than I had anticipated. Megan Crewe was everything I could want in a guide. Superior knowledge of birds and the habitats we visited. Friendly, a people person. She was always in good humor. She was prepared for whatever might arise and seemed confident to do whatever needed to be done to ensure that we all had a quality experience. The tour manager and the office staff at Field Guides were very helpful all along the way.” L.N., GUYANA 2017

“The group experience was very good. I liked the size of the group and the knowledge and friendship that we shared. Willy Perez was an amazing guide and made the experience welcoming and fun. He worked very well with Oscar, the Sacha Lodge guide. Tour manager Ruth Kuhl in your office was very helpful and made sure that I had everything prepared…this was my first birding tour experience.” D.W., AMAZONIAN ECUADOR: SACHA LODGE 2017

“This was an excellent experience. The people who made up the rest of our group were very congenial. The accommodations were very comfortable, and the food was great. Oh, and lest I forget: our guides John Coons and Danilo were knowledgeable, patient, and charming.” A.W., PANAMA’S CANOPY LODGE 2016

Tour openings: late February to June

Field Guides Birding Tour to CAPE MAY

The pulse of spring migration at one of North America’s premier hotspots, plus the phenomenon of Red Knots stopping over to feast on horseshoe crab eggs, as above in guide Tom Johnson’s image, are the focus of our Spring in Cape May tour, when Tom will be joined by Doug Gochfeld. There are four spaces open and dates are May 14-20. See our 2016 triplist here for all the highlights from that tour.

Recently posted 2017 & 2018 itineraries


New Year 2017 Emailing

January 4th, 2017 by Field Guides

A very Happy New Year to all our birding friends! Our heartfelt thanks to all who traveled with us in 2016 and to the many of you already booked on 2017 tours…we are excited about the year ahead, including the 10 new itineraries among our 140 departures! In this emailing we catch up on recent tours with our December Recent Photos gallery of 95 images from 11 tours, 18 illustrated triplists, another fun collection of people-on-tour pics from the past month, and 10 fresh 2017 itineraries. The Australian Ringneck (or Port Lincoln Parrot) below is a sample by participant Bill Byers on our Australia tour.

Updates: revised Barrow, AZ Condors II, 2018 schedules

Guide Tom Johnson has designed a new twist in our popular fall tour to Barrow, Alaska. We’ve renamed it Alaska Fall Goldmine: Ross’s Gulls in Barrow & Rarities on St. Paul and, you guessed it, we’ll visit not only Barrow for the Ross’s Gull migration plus other draws like Yellow-billed Loon, Spectacled Eider, and Snowy Owl, but also St. Paul Island in the Pribilofs, where not only is a fine a variety of Asiatic vagrants possible but we should also see Red-faced Cormorant, Red-legged Kittiwake, and Short-tailed Shearwater. Doug Gochfeld will co-lead with Tom, and dates are Sep 30-Oct 9.
 
Guide John Coons has added a second departure of his ever-popular Northern Arizona Canyons & Condor trip, Jun 9-14. It’s right in John’s back yard (he’s based in Flagstaff), and the birding, not to mention the scenery of course, is pretty grand.
 
You can now check out 2018 guide schedules, which have just gone live on our website as we turned the calendar page to the New Year. Check out where your faves are headed via our guides page.

This month’s people pics

If you enjoy seeing images of guides and participants on our tours as much as we do, you’ll like this gallery of our favorite people pics from the past month. (Click on the play button in the gallery if you’d like to view it as a slideshow.) Always fun to see, so keep those photos coming!

This month’s birding links

Here are a few online items that caught our eye and that we thought you might enjoy:
 
Dinosaur tail feathers: check out this very cool find.
 
Urban birds: a short survey to assist a research project on which species do well and why.
 
Birds of Northern Central America: an informative review of Jesse’s fine guide on the 10,000 Birds website.

Private tours: plan your own

Want to organize your own tour with a group of special birding friends and one of our staff guides? We regularly put together just such private departures for groups of 8 or more, and they are invariably a big hit. Here’s an example of an illustrated triplist from one such recent tour, a wonderful Australia survey with guides John Coons and Rose Ann Rowlett. You can start planning your group’s next great birding trip — just contact our office.

Triplists from recent tours

Click on any image below to see our annotated and illustrated online triplist. (And be sure also to see our December Recent Photos gallery and our December People pics for other great images.)
 

Comments from our travelers

Your post-tour comments on our evaluation form help us ensure that we offer the best possible tour experience and service, in the field and from our office.

“This tour ranks with the very best tours I’ve taken — perhaps it is the very best….we had phenomenal luck with the birds and I saw even the tapaculos well. This birding ‘luck,’ of course, had everything to do with the skill and good judgement of Willy Perez, who was a very good leader indeed. I can’t praise him highly enough, and I was also very pleased with Rodrigo Silva, the Chilean co-leader. It was a privilege to have two South American leaders in this very interesting country. Field Guides leaders have charm and flair and supreme birding skills, and they are a pleasure to travel with.” U.L., Chile 2016

“Both Bret Whitney and Tom Johnson were fantastic, with incredible field skills and knowledge. The tour manager and office staff were also excellent, and deserve credit, especially since I selected this trip at a rather late date. Field Guides is one of my favorite companies, and I always know that I’m going to get an excellent tour from you.” B.C., Spectacular Southeast Brazil 2016

“Chris Benesh has a relaxed approach which makes the experience pleasant. This does not mean that any species are missed, as he is constantly on the alert for species that have not been seen. But his relaxed approach allows participants to feel good about asking questions or for help — it creates a pleasant atmosphere. He has a sense of humor and is attentive to the group, his knowledge of the birds and mammals is great. The office staff and your help with getting everything set up is the best there is! The guides are top notch, and I feel confident about what type of experience I will have.” D.F., Mexico: Yucatan & Cozumel 2016


Tour openings: January to May

Exciting birding, awe-inspiring landscapes, fascinating culture, spectacular rhododendrons: it’s Bhutan this spring and there are two spaces open. Join guide Richard Webster, Apr 8-27. See Richard’s triplist here for all the highlights from our 2016 tour.


Recently posted 2017 itineraries


November 2016 emailing

November 29th, 2016 by Field Guides

Greetings, birding friends! In this emailing we have some recent news from south of the border as well as north, a fun collection of people-on-tour pics from the past month, 5 fresh 2017 itineraries, 6 triplists from recent tours, and a beautiful assortment of 75 images assembled by guide Eric Hynes in our November Recent Photos gallery highlighting 11 departures across 5 continents. The New Holland Honeyeater below is a sample by participant Linda Rudolph on our Australia Part One tour. Enjoy reading, and good birding to all!

New Holland Honeyeater by participant Linda Rudolph

Recent News: birds & coffee, whisky jacks, and more

Guide Jesse Fagan’s got our own shade-coffee-and-birds tour on tap with his upcoming March Guatemala: Shade-grown Birding tour (Feb 11-19), so this birds-and-coffee piece from the All About Birds website caught our eye…and check out the buying stats at the end.
 
Few Americans may have realized that our good neighbors in Canada have been in an election cycle of their own…for a national bird. Read more about it here, and decide for yourself which candidate you would support — are you a whisky jack at heart, or a diver, or perhaps something else?
 
Check out our Facebook page. Among other items are the latest posts from guides Tom Johnson and Bret Whitney from Part One of our Spectacular Southeastern Brazil tour, Megan Edwards Crewe from Sri Lanka, and a further update from our NW Argentina tour with Jesse Fagan and Willy Perez.

This month’s people pics

If you enjoy seeing images of guides and participants on our tours as much as we do, you’ll like this gallery of our favorite people pics from the past month. (Click on the play button in the gallery if you’d like to see it as a slideshow.) Always fun to see, so keep those photos coming!
 
Field Guides tour photos

Private Tours: Plan Your Own

Want to organize your own tour with a group of special birding friends and one of our staff guides? We regularly put together just such private departures for groups of 8 or more, and they are invariably a big hit. Here’s an example of an illustrated triplist from one such recent tour, a fantastic Borneo adventure with guides Rose Ann Rowlett and Richard Webster. You can start planning your group’s next great birding trip — just contact our office.

Triplists from recent tours

Click on any image below to see our annotated and illustrated online triplist. (And be sure also to see our November Recent Photos gallery for other great images.)
 
Alaska birding tour with FIELD GUIDES
Alaska birding tour with FIELD GUIDES
Brazil birding tour with FIELD GUIDES
Brazil birding tour with FIELD GUIDES
Peru birding tour with FIELD GUIDES
Peru birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Comments from our travelers

Your post-tour comments on our evaluation form help us ensure that we offer the best possible tour experience and service, in the field and from our office.

“This was a great experience! I have been with Willy Perez before and had a wonderful time, so I knew it would be great to travel with him again. This was my first time with Jesse Fagan, and I would gladly travel with him again. Both are great with birds and are also just fun people to be around.” K.L., Northwestern Argentina 2016

“I especially appreciated the helpfulness and prompt replies from the office staff. It is so great to reach a person instead of a recording with menu! When I could not reach the tour manager directly, she called back in a very short time.” M.S., Louisiana: Yellow Rails & Crawfish Tails 2016

“Every kaleidoscopic day brought a wealth of bird treasures, many above and beyond just seeing them. Bret Whitney was patient, persistent and always positive. This invariably paid off….for everyone. His description of each ‘chase’ bird as it was approaching or being called in gave everyone the notice of what to look for, where, and how. Tom Johnson was a delight every day. Cheerful, supportive and as accomplished at spotting and putting folks on the birds as one could hope for. Field Guides always ranks the highest for me in terms of service before, during, and after the tour.” B.W., Spectacular Southeast Brazil 2016 

Tour openings: January to April

Puerto Rico birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

If a blue-sky, emerald-sea, endemic-filled birding vacation sounds good, join guides Tom Johnson and Doug Gochfeld of their upcoming Puerto Rico tour, Mar 11-17. See Tom’s triplist here for all the highlights from our 2016 tour.

Recently posted 2017 itineraries


November 2016 newsletter

November 9th, 2016 by Field Guides

Our November 2016 newsletter is making its way to the mailboxes of all of you on our mailing list. It features articles on our new 2017 tours, 5 pages of exciting photos from recent tours in our Fresh From the Field section, the latest on our Upcoming Tours, and a tribute to two of our Field Guides founders on their retirement from full-time guiding. You may also now see it online at this link.

Enjoy the new issue!

 

November 2016 Field Guides newsletter


October 2016 emailing

October 25th, 2016 by Field Guides

Hello, all! Thanksgiving and the December holidays are seemingly just around the corner. Before the New Year arrives, we have another 23 Field Guides tours to send out into the field, and if you’re in the traveling mood, 8 still have at least a couple of spaces open for a Nov/Dec holiday–see below. In this emailing we have a cool “Super Hummingbirds” video link and scrub-jay piece, an added May Point Pelee departure, a late-opening Thailand space, 5 fresh 2017 itineraries, 6 triplists from recent tours, and a beautiful assortment of images in our October Recent Photos gallery — 48 new ones highlighting 6 departures ranging from Kenya to Bolivia and Brazil to Cape May. The Pin-tailed Manakin below is a sample from guide Marcelo Padua on his Serra dos Tucanos, Brazil tour. Enjoy reading, and good birding to all!

Pin-tailed Manakin from FIELD GUIDES Serra dos Tucanos, Brazil tour by guide Marcelo Padua

Cool bird news: “super” hummers & scrub-jays

A new show in PBS’s Nature series titled “Super Hummingbirds” is definitely worth 50 minutes of your time, and you’ll get to watch many of the wonderful hummers we see on our tours throughout the Americas, from Costa’s Hummingbird in Arizona to mangos, coronets, jacobins, sylphs, sunbeams, sapphires, and many more in the tropics. Have a look at the full episode here. It will be available online until Nov 12. If you’d like to see many of these same species in images, too, watch our hummingbirds slideshow, refreshed earlier this year with 55 photos by our participants and guides.

Also, check out this interesting piece on the All About Birds website on the importance of saving small, declining satellite populations of species to enhance genetic diversity, with the pertinent example of Florida Scrub-Jays (which we’ll be seeing on our new 2018 Florida tour).

2017: added Point Pelee II in May, Thailand space

Our original departure to Canada’s famed migration hotspot is fully booked, so we’ve added a second Point Pelee Migration Spectacle tour with guide Jay VanderGaast for May 13-20, 2017. While taking the pulse of spring migration, we’ll be watching for as many as 30 species of warblers plus a bevy of other great Eastern birds. In addition to birding Pelee we’ll visit Rondeau and Long Point provincial parks as well as the Carden Plain (for goodies such as Upland Sandpiper, Golden-winged Warbler, and Bobolink). The tour is just 8 days start to finish, priced at $2675 with a small group of seven.

Our January 2017 Thailand tour had been full for a good long while, but we have an unexpected late cancellation…so there’s now a space for you. Dates are Jan 14-Feb 4, and there’s one special twist: our group of just 11 will have three guides at the helm to show you all those wonderful birds: Dave Stejskal, Jay VanderGaast, and our longtime Thai co-leader Uthai Treesucon. Quite the guide ratio! If that doesn’t fit your schedule, you can try next door on the single spot remaining open on our Cambodia: Angkor Temples & Vanishing Birds tour with Phil Gregory, Feb 4-18. Come to think of it, you could also take them both back to back if you’d like a month-plus of great Southeast Asia birding.

It’s here! Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America

Guide Jesse Fagan, who has traveled and guided extensively throughout Central America, has been working on this project for several years when not on tour, and the fruits of his labors are at last here: the lovely and truly field-sized Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America, co-authored with ornithologist Oliver Komar and with lovely illustrations by Robert Dean and Peter Burke. Covering the region between Mexico and Nicaragua, this will be an indispensable item for several of our upcoming tours, including Belize and Guatemala. The book will be released in just a few days (Nov 1); find out about pre-ordering or purchasing at this Amazon link. Congrats to our “Motmot” and team on a beautiful job–we can’t wait to put it to use in the field!

Recent Field Guides Facebook posts

You don’t have to be on Facebook yourself to enjoy recent additions to our Field Guides feed. Just click to our public Facebook page here to see the Purple-breasted Cotinga (r.) and other delights that guide Bret Whitney has posted from Brazil, or Australia tour highlights from Tom Johnson & John Coons or Chris Benesh & Cory Gregory, or what’s been happening on the Northwestern Argentina trip from Jesse Fagan & Willy Perez. Come check out our recent Field Guides goings-on.

Holiday Escapes for November & December

Gotta get away birding and escape some of the upcoming hubbub? We have at least a couple of spaces open on these five holiday trips to Mexico, Ecuador, and Peru–just contact our office to hold a space.

Over Thanksgiving:
Holiday Mexico: Yucatan & Cozumel, Nov 19-28 with Chris Benesh (at right: the Mayan ruins of Uxmal by participant Michel Metayer)
Holiday at San Isidro, Ecuador, Nov 19-28 with Mitch Lysinger
Peru’s Rarely Explored South, Nov 19-Dec 1 with Jesse Fagan

Over Christmas or New Year:
Holiday Peru: Iquitos, Dec 17-28 with Dan Lane
Holiday at Ecuador’s Wildsumaco Lodge, Dec 29-Jan 8 with Willy Perez

Triplists from recent tours

Click on any image below to see our annotated and illustrated online triplist. (And be sure also to see our October Recent Photos gallery for other great images.)

And if you’d like a little additional fun, have a peek at guide Doug Gochfeld’s two-minute video clip from one of our recent Cape May Megan’s Way tours, including watching an eider navigate the surf.

Recent participant comments

Your post-tour comments on our evaluation form help us ensure that we offer the best possible tour experience and service, in the field and from our office.

“An excellent tour. I had a great time and would do it again. Tom Johnson did an outstanding job. He gets 5 gold stars in my book. I would happily tour with him again. Field Guides always seems to do a great job.” B.K., Slice of California: Seabirds to Sierra 2016

“I had always wanted to bird Cape May during migration. A friend recommended Field Guides. The tour was excellent. The best features were the guides, Megan Edwards Crewe and Doug Gochfeld, and the birds. I loved all the birding experience and teaching from our guides.” C.C., Cape May Megan’s Way 2016

“An outstanding tour — all expectations met and much more! The birding was superb; John Coons was so on the birds and made sure everyone got on them. We didn’t miss a beat. It was birding at its best… Your office service was excellent — always polite and helpful.” B.B., Arizona: Birding the Border 2016 

Tour openings: November to March


A pink-washed Black-and-yellow Broadbill by guide Dave Stejskal from our 2016 Thailand tour. See Dave’s triplist here for all the highlights. There’s one space still open to join Dave and co-leaders Jay VanderGaast and Uthai Treesucon on this tour departing January 14.

Recently posted 2017 itineraries


September 2016 emailing

September 29th, 2016 by Field Guides

Greetings, birding friends! Our fall schedule is underway, with tours to Peru, Cape May, South Africa, Argentina, and Brazil set to depart in the next two weeks, and much more ahead. This month we have two interesting bird news pieces, a 7-day January Brazil option, 8 fresh 2017 itineraries, 6 triplists from recent tours, and a beautiful assortment of images in our September Recent Photos gallery — 67 new ones from 6 tours spanning France, Brazil, Peru, Arizona, and California. The Whiskered Screech-Owl below by participant Daphne Tsui is a sample from Arizona’s Second Spring. Enjoy reading, and good birding to all!

Recent Tour Photos from FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

Cool bird news: butterbutts & hummers

If changes in bird taxonomy and names can sometimes make your head spin, and you never quite adjusted to calling those birds “Yellow-rumped Warbler,” here’s a little fun news piece from the All About Birds website based on a study in The Auk. There’s even a splitter’s bonus!

And if you think hummingbirds are cool (who doesn’t?), well, this recent Science article kinda puts the lie to that—so to speak—in this Trochilid hotspot special. Enjoy!

Brazil: a 7-day January option you haven’t thought of?

White-winged Potoo by guide Bret Whitney of FIELD GUIDESRegular readers know we have a long list of great Brazil itineraries, but one possibility might have escaped your notice. We offer a 7-day Southern Bahia Extension to our Nowhere but Northeast Brazil itinerary. Coming up in late January, we have several spots open in our small group guided by Bret Whitney. The land fee is just $2350, a bargain! It’s a great option for a quick winter getaway to an endemic-rich area with everything from montane forest to beautiful, natural “cactus gardens,” and we’ll have just one hotel change. Highlights we’ll seek include White-winged Potoo (r.), Hook-billed Hermit, Banded Cotinga, Slender Antbird, Narrow-billed Antwren, Striated Softtail, Pink-legged Graveteiro, Bahia Spinetail, and Bahia Tyrannulet—plus a large dose of other Atlantic Forest and caatinga specialties, from Golden-capped Parakeet to Pin-tailed Manakin to Pygmy Nightjar and much more. If you already have a Brazil visa, you can put it to additional great use! If not, we can assist you in how to obtain one. If this birdy week in Brazil sounds just about perfect to you, check out the extension section of our 2017 itinerary and have a look our our exciting 2016 triplist. Then just contact our office to hold a space.

Field Guides 2017-2018 catalog coming soon!

Our new catalog of 2017-2018 Field Guides tours is almost ready to go to the printer, and we expect it to begin reaching mailboxes in the second half of October. No sneak peek here, but there will be various new tours (18 in all) that we know will be of interest to many of you. Among those not previously announced are these for 2018: Florida, three new Ecuador itineraries including two seeking very localized specialties of the northwest and south, a Great Rivers of the Amazon tour in Peru (taking this concept out of Brazil), an Israel migration itinerary, a new 16-day Kenya Tented Camps tour with Terry Stevenson, and NE India (including Eaglenest) with Phil Gregory. These are among the more than 270 departures on 125 itineraries that will be featured.

Recent Field Guides Facebook posts

Guianan Cock--of-the-Rock by guide Marcelo Padua of FIELD GUIDESYou don’t have to be on Facebook yourself to enjoy recent additions to our Field Guides feed. Just click to our public Facebook page here to see what guide Marcelo Padua has posted from one of our recent Rio Negro Paradise tours, or to see a video clip and some great images from Megan Edwards Crewe and Tom Johnson’s France I tour, or highlights from our inaugural Mouth of Amazon trip–and much more. It’s a great way to keep up with recent goings-on.

Triplists from recent tours

Click on any image below to see our annotated and illustrated online triplist. (And be sure also to see our September Recent Photos gallery for other great images.)

Cape May birding tour with FIELD GUIDES
Brazil's Rio Roosevelt tour with FIELD GUIDES

East Africa Highlights: Kenya & Tanzania birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Galapagos birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

France: Camargue & Pyrenees birding tour with FIELD GUIDES
Borneo birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Recent comments (thanks!)

Your post-tour comments on our evaluation form help us ensure that we offer the best possible tour experience and service, in the field and from our office.

“It was an outstanding tour. Our two guides, Megan and Tom, are the best in the business and they did not disappoint. We were able to bird in two very diverse regions and see so many of the birds for each of the areas. It was a wonderful group of birders. Your guides are phenomenal and you keep the groups small. This makes seeing the birds exceptional.” G.T., France: Camargue & Pyrenees I 2016

“We have always had excellent experiences with Field Guides tours. This trip was wonderful. For all of us, it was our first experience on a boat tour. It was wonderful to be able to have such a long time without having to repack. The staff on the boat was so nice, and the food was great, especially the crema! As I expected, Marcelo was a great guide. I didn’t miss a single lifer that he spotted.” S.C., Rio Negro Paradise: Manaus, Brazil 2016

“I’m very grateful for Field Guides’s commitment to making such trips a really good experience. Our group really gelled well, and everyone was very considerate of all the other members of the group.” A.S., France: Camargue & Pyrenees II 2016

Tour openings: Late October to February

Northeast Brazil birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Some eye-catching landscapes combine with spectacular birds and numerous endemics and rarities on our Nowhere but Northeast Brazil tour coming up in January with guides Bret Whitney and Dan Lane. Above are Band-tailed Manakin, Blond-crested Woodpecker, and Araripe Manakin by participants Steve James, David & Judy Smith, and Kathy Brown.

Recently posted 2017 itineraries


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