September 2016 emailing

September 29th, 2016 by Field Guides· Add a Comment

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!


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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