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"My brother suggested it, and when I saw the tour listing, I thought this one would be good. It exceeded expectations. It was well managed and we saw a lot of terrific birds. Dave Stejskal and Chris Benesh were excellent guides. The office service could not have been better. This was my first organized bird tour."
- H.B., ARIZONA NIGHTBIRDS & MORE

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Streamer-tailed Tyrants, regular on our Safari Brazil tour, give eye-catching and vocal displays to strengthen their pair-bond and defend their territory. (Photo by participants David & Judy Smith)
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DAVE STEJSKAL: Field Guides Leader

Dave Stejskal's love of birds took firm root at the age of nine. After teenage years consumed by birding and basketball, he went on to graduate from the University of Arizona in Tucson, the desert city he and his wife, Julie Hecimovich, call home. Dave is particularly skilled at identifying birds by their songs and calls and eagerly shares his knowledge with others.

Since he joined Field Guides in 1985, Dave's more than 300 tours have taken him north to arctic Alaska, south to Tierra del Fuego (guiding tours in nearly every country in between and of course many to his home state of Arizona), and across the Pacific to Asia and Southeast Asia--including Thailand, Vietnam, China, and Borneo--and his enthusiasm for finding and watching birds has proven to be contagious.

"Dave Stejskal did an exceptional job. I'd absolutely travel with him again. His experience with the country, the specific locations, and the birds was always evident. But, importantly, in addition to being a good bird guide, Dave is an excellent leader. He was conscious of participants' needs and abilities, which species they'd seen or hadn't seen, and consistently worked harder than the rest of us to find birds. I expected a lot from a Field Guides leader, and he met or exceeded my expectations. Thanks for a wonderful experience." R.L., Borneo



Dave's Upcoming Tours

SAFARI BRAZIL: THE PANTANAL & MORE
Sep 22 - Oct 7, 2018 with Marcelo Padua & Dave Stejskal
The spectacular wetlands of the Pantanal, with Hyacinth Macaws and Jabirus, combine with the many specialties of Brazil's Planalto Central to make for the perfect first birding trip to Brazil.
(Brazilian Merganser Extension to Oct 11, 2018)
SOUTHERN ARGENTINA: THE PAMPAS, PATAGONIA & TIERRA DEL FUEGO
Oct 30 - Nov 15, 2018 with Dave Stejskal & Tom Johnson
Superb springtime birding tour through southern South America amid stark and spectacular landscapes.
May be combined with Northwestern Argentina
VIETNAM
Nov 24 - Dec 14, 2018 with Dave Stejskal & Doug Gochfeld
Intriguing survey tour to bird-rich but poorly known Vietnam.
ARIZONA WINTER SPECIALTIES
Dec 29, 2018 - Jan 4, 2019 with Dave Stejskal
Exceptional winter birding on a short tour with numerous specialties and potential rarities.
GUYANA: WILDERNESS PARADISE
Jan 12-23, 2019 with Dave Stejskal & local guide
A survey birding tour of the country's vast untrammeled rainforest, with an emphasis on Guianan shield specialties, and side trips to coastal and savanna regions and spectacular Kaieteur Falls.
BELIZE: TROPICAL BIRDING, SHORT AND SWEET
Mar 23-30, 2019 with Dave Stejskal
Two wonderful lodges for a rewarding tropical birding experience in this English-speaking country, including some regional specialties. Great as an intro to or continuation of your Neotropical birding.
HAWAII
Apr 2-11, 2019 with Chris Benesh & Dave Stejskal
On our birding tour we'll visit three of the major islands--Oahu, Kauai, and Hawaii--giving us a chance to sample a great portion of the Hawaiian endemic birds and the seabird specialties.
ARIZONA NIGHTBIRDS & MORE
May 2-6, 2019 with Dave Stejskal
A short tour focused on this area's many owl and nightjar specialties.
PERU'S MAGNETIC NORTH: SPATULETAILS, OWLET LODGE & MORE
Jun 22 - Jul 4, 2019 with Dan Lane & Dave Stejskal
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
BORNEO
Jul 16 - Aug 2, 2019 with Dave Stejskal & local guide
Three prime areas in some of Earth's richest forests while based in comfort right in the wild.
RIO NEGRO PARADISE: MANAUS, BRAZIL
Sep 15-29, 2019 with Marcelo Barreiros & Dave Stejskal
Bird the rainforests and rivers of the mighty Amazon and Negro in an unforgettable mix of forest hikes and live-aboard luxury.


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