Phil Gregory

Field Guides Leader

Phil Gregory was born in the UK and became a birder when the steam engines were scrapped and birding offered a way to travel and look for wonderful things. The quest for birds has led to many forays in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australasia, and the Pacific. He and his wife, Sue, worked as teachers for eight years in Nigeria and Zambia, and for seven years in Papua New Guinea. Since 1997 they have lived in Australia.

Phil's major interests are field identification, vocalizations, and the geographic distribution of birds. He is also a writer with assorted contributions to many reference books including Handbook of Birds of the World and a forthcoming Field Guide to the Birds of New Guinea. He has also published and now maintains two on-line checklists, one for the birds of Australia and its island territories and the other for New Guinea and associated islands. Phil and his wife, Sue, run the well-known Cassowary House, a birding and nature lodge situated in a great birding spot in the rainforest at Kuranda, near Cairns in the far north of Queensland. Look for Phil guiding Field Guides tours to Oman, Japan, Cambodia, Ghana, Uganda, and Madagascar.

Scroll down to see Phil's current schedule of tours.

Client comment
"A wonderful and unforgettable tour. Phil Gregory is a superb, patient, unflappable guide, with tremendous knowledge of Madagascar and a great sense of humor. I loved the fact that the tour visited many areas of Madagascar... I will never forget the marvelous flora, fauna, people, accommodations, and other exotic sights. Best features were the lemurs, beautiful, exotic birds...couas, vangas, ground-rollers, cuckoo-rollers, mesites, asitys. Great guides and compatible fellow participants." E.C., MADAGASCAR


Phil's Upcoming Tours


JAPAN IN SPRING
Status: Waitlisted
May 15 - Jun 1, 2020 ($8875) with Phil Gregory & local guide
Tour Limit: 7
A great introduction to springtime Japan, timed to coincide with the arrival of avian summer visitors, with lovely scenery the backdrop to our birding.
MADAGASCAR
Status: Open
Oct 31 - Nov 23, 2020 ($9975) with Phil Gregory & local guide
Tour Limit: 9
In-depth coverage of the accessible parts of Madagascar: many endemic birds, striking lemurs, bizarre flora and chameleons, fascinating culture. Optional extension to the Indian Ocean islands of Mauritius and Reunion will add yet more endemics.
(Mauritius & Reunion Extension to Nov 26, 2020)
GHANA: WINDOW INTO WEST AFRICAN BIRDING
Status: One space available
Nov 26 - Dec 15, 2020 ($6975) with Phil Gregory & local guide
Tour Limit: 8
In search of numerous West African specialties as well as White-necked Rockfowl.
WINTER JAPAN: DANCING CRANES & SPECTACULAR SEA-EAGLES
Status: Waitlisted
Jan 15-30, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$8475) with Phil Gregory & local guide
Tour Limit: 7
Japan's winter spectacles, including the fabulous cranes and Steller's Sea-Eagle.
CAMBODIA: ANGKOR TEMPLES & VANISHING BIRDS
Status: Open
Feb 13 - Mar 1, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$5575) with Phil Gregory & local guide
Tour Limit: 8
A "last chance" destination for some of the large, rare Asian waterbirds now extinct in neighboring countries, plus additional regional specialties and world-famous Angkor Wat.
GHANA: WINDOW INTO WEST AFRICAN BIRDING
Status: Open
Mar 20 - Apr 8, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$6975) with Phil Gregory & local guide
Tour Limit: 8
In search of numerous West African specialties as well as White-necked Rockfowl.
TAIWAN
Status: Open
May 4-15, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$5150) with Phil Gregory & local guide
Tour Limit: 8
Tour for Taiwan's numerous endemics and specialties.
May be combined with Japan in Spring
JAPAN IN SPRING
Status: Waitlisted
May 15 - Jun 1, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$8875) with Phil Gregory & local guide
Tour Limit: 7
A great introduction to springtime Japan, timed to coincide with the arrival of avian summer visitors, with lovely scenery the backdrop to our birding.
May be combined with Taiwan
MONGOLIA: THE GOBI DESERT, STEPPE & TAIGA
Status: One space available
Jun 5-23, 2021 (Fee TBD) with Phil Gregory & local guide
Tour Limit: 8
A tour to an exciting birding destination in the heart of Asia, with lots of specialties and some fantastic landscapes.
MADAGASCAR
Status: Waitlisted
Oct 30 - Nov 22, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$9975) with Phil Gregory & local guide
Tour Limit: 9
In-depth coverage of the accessible parts of Madagascar: many endemic birds, striking lemurs, bizarre flora and chameleons, fascinating culture. Optional extension to the Indian Ocean islands of Mauritius and Reunion will add yet more endemics.
(Mauritius & Reunion Extension to Nov 25, 2021)