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"It was a great experience. Our guides, Chris Benesh and Doug Gochfeld, were both exceptionally knowledgeable, patient and friendly."
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Ribbon-tailed Astrapia is one of the many fantastic birds-of-paradise we can find on our Papua New Guinea tours. [Photo by participant Francesco Veronesi]
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DOUG GOCHFELD: Field Guides Leader

Doug Gochfeld made the jump from a love of trains, planes, and automobiles typical of many 7-year-olds to an avid interest in birds after a close encounter with a Steller's Jay in the Pacific Northwest. This filled his early formative years with scouring the urban landscape of New York City for birds with his father. After a teenage break from all things avian, he returned to it with a vengeance, and he hasn't looked back.

His first birding job was as a migration counter at the legendary Cape May Bird Observatory, where his love of and interest in the dynamics of migration (of anything with wings, insects included!) was cemented. From 2006 to 2016, he worked with birds from New Hampshire to Arizona, and from Suriname to Israel. He has also spent a substantial amount of time guiding in Alaska, the bulk of which was spent on St. Paul Island in the Pribilofs.

Doug's strongest interests in birding are migration, vagrancy, and overall patterns of distribution. Shorebirds and seabirds (and any other long-distance migrants, really) hold a special place in his heart, and he has done intensive work studying the breeding and wintering ecology of Hudsonian Godwits in Alaska and Semipalmated Sandpipers in Suriname and Brazil.

In addition to being on the New York State Avian Records Committee, Doug is also passionate about spreading the gospel of birding and the outdoors, and to this end he participates in youth and urban birding initiatives and has guided at birding festivals across the country. His writing and photographs have been published in a myriad of venues.

Doug has co-led Field Guides groups from Alaska, Trinidad, Panama, Cape May, and Arizona, to Newfoundland/Nova Scotia, New Guinea, Cambodia, Vietnam, Texas, Puerto Rico, Madagascar, and more, and he brings Florida and Israel back into our schedule in 2018. Scroll down to see his tours below--we think you'll have a great time traveling with him!

"I wanted to go to Cape May and witness spring migration. Field Guides had a tour that worked with my schedule. I don't often go on guided tours...this trip was so fabulous...way beyond my expectations. If I had to pick one best feature it would be the guides, Tom Johnson and Doug Gochfeld. Their birding skills were incredible and they really made this an incredible adventure. Your office service was very good, efficient. I look forward to my next adventure with Field Guides." K.M., Spring in Cape May

"The Pennsylvania Warblers & More trip was excellent. The guides were experts in finding and identifying birds and bringing them in for good looks. We saw every breeding warbler on the list, and quite a few migrants as well. The scenery and camaraderie were also outstanding. I would love to repeat that trip with the same guides, Tom Johnson and Doug Gochfeld." J.F., Pennsylvania's Warblers & More

Here are a few links relating to Doug that we think you'll enjoy:
Traveling Trinovid (Leica) profile
A piece by Doug about raptor migration in Israel
Doug's Flickr photo site
Doug's Vimeo video site



Doug's Upcoming Tours

PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Jul 5-22, 2018 with Jay VanderGaast & Doug Gochfeld
Birds-of-paradise and bowerbirds are the crown jewels of one of the most remarkable bird faunas, set against a fascinating cultural backdrop far removed from our own.
(New Britain Extension to Jul 27, 2018)
AUSTRALIA
Oct 5-25, 2018 (I) with Chris Benesh & Doug Gochfeld
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.
VIETNAM
Nov 24 - Dec 14, 2018 with Dave Stejskal & Doug Gochfeld
Intriguing survey tour to bird-rich but poorly known Vietnam.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Dec 28, 2018 - Jan 6, 2019 with Doug Gochfeld & local guide
Wonderful introductory birding tour to South America's riches, including bellbirds, toucans, manakins, and motmots.
NEW MEXICO: BIRDING THE LAND OF ENCHANTMENT
Jan 26 - Feb 1, 2019 with Doug Gochfeld & Cory Gregory
Fun birding from rosy-finches in the Sandia Mts to thousands of Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese (plus Ross's) along the Rio Grande.
ANTARCTICA: ANTARCTIC PENINSULA, SOUTH GEORGIA & THE FALKLANDS
Feb 14 - Mar 8, 2019 with Doug Gochfeld
The ultimate seabird and wildlife cruise, including fabulous South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. Variable fee depending on cabin choice.
ISRAEL MIGRATION MAGIC: BIRDING FROM THE RED SEA TO THE DEAD SEA
Mar 13-24, 2019 with Doug Gochfeld & local guide
Bear witness to one of the world's most impressive avian migrations, while seeing many regional specialties, against the backdrop of the starkly beautiful desert landscape of southern Israel.
COLORADO GROUSE
Apr 13-23, 2019 with Doug Gochfeld & Cory Gregory
A short tour to seek out the state's prairie-chicken and grouse species.
FLORIDA
Apr 27 - May 5, 2019 with Doug Gochfeld
A new tour for numerous specialties from Central Florida south to the Keys and Dry Tortugas.
ALASKA
May 30 - Jun 7, 2019 (I) with Chris Benesh & Doug Gochfeld
Survey in two parts: Part I to the Pribilofs and Denali; Part II to Nome, Seward, and Barrow.
ALASKA
Jun 6-16, 2019 (II) with Chris Benesh & Doug Gochfeld
Survey in two parts: Part I to the Pribilofs and Denali; Part II to Nome, Seward, and Barrow.
SPITSBERGEN & SVALBARD ARCHIPELAGO: A CRUISE TO THE NORWEGIAN ARCTIC
Jun 26 - Jul 6, 2019 with John Coons & Doug Gochfeld
A high-arctic adventure aboard a comfortable vessel for fantastic seabirds, marine mammals including Walrus and Polar Bear, and fabulous scenery.
OREGON: FROM THE COAST TO THE CASCADES
Aug 31 - Sep 10, 2019 with Cory Gregory & Doug Gochfeld
A new itinerary for specialties of the Pacific Northwest as we explore the beautiful coast and Cascade Mountains.
ALASKA FALL GOLDMINE: RARITIES ON THE PRIBILOFS & ROSS'S GULLS IN BARROW
Sep 28 - Oct 6, 2019 (I) with Doug Gochfeld
A fall adventure in two parts to the far north, Part I to St. Paul Island in the Pribilofs for migrants and vagrants, and Part II to Barrow for the legendary Ross's Gull, loons, eiders, and possibly even Polar Bear and Ivory Gull.
ALASKA FALL GOLDMINE: RARITIES ON THE PRIBILOFS & ROSS'S GULLS IN BARROW
Oct 5-11, 2019 (II) with Doug Gochfeld
A fall adventure in two parts to the far north, Part I to St. Paul Island in the Pribilofs for migrants and vagrants, and Part II to Barrow for the legendary Ross's Gull, loons, eiders, and possibly even Polar Bear and Ivory Gull.
AUSTRALIA
Oct 22 - Nov 6, 2019 (II) with John Coons & Doug Gochfeld
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.
(Tasmania Extension to Nov 11, 2019)
May be combined with Petrels, Penguins & Albatrosses
PETRELS, PENGUINS & ALBATROSSES: CRUISING NEW ZEALAND'S SUBANTARCTIC ISLANDS
Nov 10 - Dec 2, 2019 with Doug Gochfeld
Nesting seabirds on dramatically beautiful, misty islands; endemic penguins, shags, shorebirds, and landbirds; and the finest assortment of pelagics on land and at sea, from a comfortable cruise ship.
MEXICO: OAXACA
Dec 21-28, 2019 with Doug Gochfeld & Cory Gregory
Superb birding with two dozen Mexican endemics and fascinating ruins while based in lovely Oaxaca City.


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