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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 North America and in 2016 published the Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) with co-author Oliver Komar and illustrators Robert Dean and Peter Burke. 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 with his wife, Rocio.

"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

"I'd travel with guide Jesse Fagan again in a heartbeat. He has it all when it comes to guiding. He has excellent birding skills and knowledge...Jesse is a leader and does a great job organizing the trip itinerary, getting us birders from place to place, and seeing to our accommodations. He works well with people at the lodgings, with local bird guides, and the trip participants. Your office service was excellent -- complete, thorough, polite, helpful." C.B., Guatemala: Shade-grown Birding



Jesse's Upcoming Tours

MOROCCO
Sep 10-25, 2018 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.
(Canary Islands Extension to Sep 30, 2018)
May be combined with France: Camargue & Pyrenees
MACHU PICCHU & ABRA MALAGA, PERU
Oct 5-14, 2018 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.
COLOMBIA: CALI ESCAPE: CLOUD FORESTS OF THE CENTRAL & WESTERN ANDES
Nov 3-11, 2018 with Jesse Fagan & local guide
Cloud forests of two Colombian cordilleras and their rich assortment of hummingbirds and tanagers are highlights of this escape across the Caribbean to tropical Colombia. Starting in Cali and exiting through Manizales and Bogota, we will use several good city hotels and one simple ecotourism lodge primarily to access Andean forests, but also dry woodland, marshes, and the paramo.
May be combined with Colombia: The Llanos & More
COLOMBIA: THE LLANOS & MORE
Nov 11-21, 2018 with Jesse Fagan & local guide
A short but bird-rich small-group tour to the llanos of eastern Colombia for Crestless Curassow, Pale-headed Jacamar, and White-bearded Flycatcher, among others, plus several sites near the capital city of Bogota for a fine variety of endemics and specialties.
May be combined with Colombia: Cali Escape
HOLIDAY IN HONDURAS
Dec 21-29, 2018 with Jesse Fagan
A birding tour during the year-end holiday period based in several lovely and bird-rich settings.
COLOMBIA: BOGOTA, THE MAGDALENA VALLEY & SANTA MARTA
Jan 12-27, 2019 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 9-17, 2019 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 4, 2019)
WESTERN PANAMA: CHIRIQUI & BOCAS DEL TORO
Mar 1-10, 2019 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
Mar 23-27, 2019 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.
May be combined with Puerto Rico or Lesser Antilles
LESSER ANTILLES
Mar 29 - Apr 14, 2019 with Jesse Fagan
Comprehensive tour searching for all the accessible endemics (many highly endangered) of the southern Caribbean on 10 attractive islands.
May be combined with Bahamas
COLOMBIA: MEDELLIN ESCAPE: ANDES & VALLEYS
May 25 - Jun 3, 2019 with Jesse Fagan & local guide
Rich forests from the foothills to treeline are accessed from good country hotels and comfortable ecotourism lodges at some of Colombia's best private reserves. Many Colombian endemics expected, but the tour is primarily an opportunity to gorge on the birds of the Andes after a short flight across the Caribbean.
PERUVIAN RAINFORESTS OF THE TAMBOPATA: MACAW LICK EXTRAORDINAIRE
Jul 21 - Aug 3, 2019 with Jesse Fagan
Three-site tour to the most species-rich rainforest on Earth. Largest known macaw lick, canopy walkway and towers, eagles, and monkeys.
May be combined with Mountains of Manu, Peru
MOROCCO
Sep 9-24, 2019 with Jesse Fagan & local guide
Endemic, rare, and specialty birds from coastal wetlands and towering cliffs to the Atlas Mountains and the northwest corner of the Sahara.
(Canary Islands Pre-trip Extension from Sep 4, 2019)
May be combined with France: Camargue & Pyrenees
SOUTH AFRICA
Oct 3-25, 2019 with Joe Grosel & Jesse Fagan
Endemic-rich birding, spectacular landscapes, and a unique flora are the highlights of our energetic survey tour of this beautiful country.
COLOMBIA: CALI ESCAPE: CLOUD FORESTS OF THE CENTRAL & WESTERN ANDES
Nov 2-10, 2019 with Jesse Fagan & local guide
Cloud forests of two Colombian cordilleras and their rich assortment of hummingbirds and tanagers are highlights of this escape across the Caribbean to tropical Colombia. Starting in Cali and exiting through Manizales and Bogota, we will use several good city hotels and one simple ecotourism lodge primarily to access Andean forests, but also dry woodland, marshes, and the paramo.
May be combined with Colombia: The Llanos & More
PANAMA'S CANOPY LODGE: EL VALLE DE ANTON
Dec 28, 2019 - Jan 4, 2020 with Jesse Fagan & Micah Riegner
A superb introduction to Neotropical birds or a complement to your broader Middle American birding, all based at a charming lodge.


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