• NEWS ARCHIVES


November 2018 emailing

November 29th, 2018 by Field Guides

Greetings, birding friends. The year is rushing to a close! We hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving, wherever you celebrated. We’re wrapping up what has been a busy and fun year with 10 upcoming December tours (there are still just a few spaces…see below!). Then we launch into 2019 with more than 150 Field Guides departures in the works. Check out the various news and updates in all the links below, including a fresh November Recent Photos Gallery with 96 great images from numerous recent trips (the Itatiaia National Park scene below by guide Bret Whitney is a teaser from one highlighted Brazil tour). Also linked below: a guide video conversation hosted by Rose Ann Rowlett with Terry Stevenson and Joe Grosel that we know you’ll enjoy, some fun vignettes from guide Marcelo Padua about our three upcoming Birds & Wine tours, a trip down photo-memory lane, a fresh batch of 8 recent triplists, and 10 updated itineraries for 2019 tours, as well as remaining spaces on our December-March tours. Enjoy, and we look forward to seeing you in the field!

FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS


Your guides: Rose Ann speaks with Joe & Terry

Field Guides co-founder Rose Ann Rowlett hopped on a plane recently to join our South Africa tour group with guides Terry Stevenson & Joe Grosel. While many of you know Terry, you may not yet have had the chance (or shall we say delight?) to travel with Joe. Our “Grebe” sat down with Joe and Terry after the last morning’s birding for a few minutes—and we think you’ll enjoy the resulting video at this link. Some of us here stateside hadn’t yet met Joe in person either…and we were delighted to watch him and Terry recount tales from the trip. We’ll be doing more such guide videos, so keep an eye out! And should you have a hankering for some African birding, next up on our schedule is Joe guiding our Namibia & Botswana tour Feb 19-Mar 10. Space is still open, and it should be great…


Marcelo’s three Birds & Wine vignettes

Chile & Argentina with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURSGuide Marcelo Padua, who led or co-led each of our four tours in the 2018 Field Guides Birds & Wine series, has a fun “day in the birding life” post on our news page that’ll take you through the highlights of a day on each of our three upcoming 2019 itineraries: Birds & Wines of Chile and Argentina (Feb 9-23), Beyond the Ports of Portugal (Apr 23-May 4), and France’s Loire Valley: Birds, Chateaux & Wine (our second departure has space, Jun 12-22). There are some nice pics included as well—the one at right is a view of the Argentine Andes from a vineyard we visit (and bird), by participant Dennis Serdehely.


6 spaces, 5 tours: last holiday openings

We have just these 6 spaces still open on 5 holiday tours over Christmas or New Year. Contact our office if you want to get away birding with us in December!

A trip down photo-memory lane

We were looking through past photo galleries in our online archive and thought you might enjoy doing the same! We realized we have 10 years worth of galleries (more than 100, all told) of tour highlights now in our collection. Have a look at this link for our Recent Tour Photos section…lots to enjoy.

FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS


Triplists from 8 recent Field Guides tours

Click on any image or link below to see our annotated and illustrated online triplist. (And be sure also to see our November Recent Photos gallery for other great images.)

ETHIOPIA
with Terry Stevenson

BORNEO II
with Megan Edwards Crewe

NEW BRITAIN (extension to PAPUA NEW GUINEA)
with Jay VanderGaast

AMAZONIAN ECUADOR: SACHA LODGE II
with Mitch Lysinger

FRANCE: CAMARGUE & PYRENEES II
with Jay VanderGaast & Marcelo Padua

MCHUA PICCHU & ABRA MALAGA, PERU II
with Jesse Fagan

CAPE MAY I
with Megan Edwards Crewe

CAPE MAY II
with Megan Edwards Crewe


Private tours for your group or organization

Private groups with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

Want to organize your own tour with a group of special birding friends and one of our staff guides or for your local birding club? We regularly put together private departures for groups of 6 or more to many different destinations, and they are invariably a big hit. Here’s an example of a Namibia & Botswana tour’s illustrated triplist, with guide Terry Stevenson, and there is one more example from Portugal among the recent triplists above. Just contact our office to start planning your group’s next great birding trip.

A private-group Panama participant noted: “We were so pleased to do this tour with our friends and with John Coons as leader. Everything went smoothly. All we have to do now is decide where we all want to go next!”


Tour openings: December through March

CAMBODIA with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

The tours from December through March listed below still have some space available, including guide Phil Gregory’s Cambodia: Angkor Temples & Vanishing Birds itinerary for Feb 9-24, which will take you into the heart of Southeast Asia for a long list of regional specialties and rarities. If those dates don’t work for you, here’s some breaking news: we’ve just had two very late cancellations on our January Northern India tour with Terry Stevenson, and one cancellation on another tour that’s been full for many months, Bhutan in April with Megan Edwards Crewe. Contact our office to grab any of these spaces.


Recently posted 2019 itineraries

Click on any image or link below to see the detailed itinerary for the following 2019 tours. Lots of info in these, and some great images as well!

JAPAN IN SPRING
May • Phil Gregory

BIRDS OF BRITAIN
May • Megan Edwards Crewe & Willy Perez

ALASKA (two tours in two parts each)
Late May/Jun • 4 guides

ALTA FLORESTA & THE NORTHERN PANTANAL
Jul • Marcelo Padua & Marcelo Barreiros

CLOUDFORESTS OF ECUADOR
Jul • Willy Perez

JAGUAR SPOTTING: PANTANAL & GARDEN OF THE AMAZON
Jul • Marcelo Padua

GREAT RIVERS OF THE AMAZON II
Jul • Bret Whitney & Tom Johnson

ETHIOPIA
Sep • Terry Stevenson

FALL FOR CAPE MAY (2 departures)
Sep/Oct • 3 guides

FRANCE: CAMARGUE PYRENEES
Late Aug/Sep • Megan Edwards Crewe & Marcelo Padua


A day in the birding life: our Birds & Wine tours

November 13th, 2018 by Field Guides

Enjoy this piece by guide Marcelo Padua as he provides a glimpse into a day on each of the tours in our Birds & Wine series coming up in 2019: Birds and Wines of Chile & Argentina in February, Beyond the Ports of Portugal in April, and France’s Loire Valley: Birds, Chateaux & Wine in June. Each of these tours features great lodging, fabulous food, incredible scenery, an easier pace, and a focus on birding with some time spent enjoying the cultural riches of each destination.

Chile & Argentina

Elegant-crested Tinamou in Argentina with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

The well-named Elegant Crested-Tinamou, by guide Dave Stejskal

On a cool morning in Argentina you step out of your room onto the manicured garden of your lodge. Checking some flowering plants, you spot a Red-tailed Comet, a spectacular hummingbird that takes your breath away. Meanwhile, a Blue-and-yellow Tanager feeds in a nearby tree and an Austral Pygmy-Owl sings in the distance. Walking out of the lodge and away from the manicured vineyards, you move into desert scrub habitat, where a White-throated Cacholote sings from one of the few trees in sight and adds another stick to its massive nest.

Birds & Wine: Argentina with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

The Andes with a fresh dusting of snow as seen from wine country in Argentina. Photo by participant Dennis Serdehely.

As you walk farther into the desert, you marvel at the beauty of the Andes rising up beyond, covered in a mantle of fresh snow from the previous night. A movement catches your eye—a family of Elegant-crested Tinamous quietly running away from you. Later in the day you enjoy a typical Argentine barbecue—the asado—while sipping a delicious glass of Malbec. Your afternoon is devoted to visiting a museum and a state-of-the-art winery before returning to the lodge to enjoy a five-course dinner paired with wines produced on site. Life is good, and you are lucky to be here.


Portugal

On a different continent you wake up to a strangely familiar bird call as a Common Cuckoo broadcasts its famous song. You find yourself in a medieval village along the Portuguese border. After a leisurely breakfast, you head out to bird the mountains that cradle the famous Douro River.

Portugal Birds & Wine with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

The Douro River valley, by participant Ken Havard

Along your way, an old man and his dog block the road as they patiently keep his sheep moving at a steady pace, and you realize that this scene has repeated itself here for hundreds of years. Moving ahead, you find an overlook from which to scan the valley bellow. From the roof of an abandoned house, a Blue Rock-Thrush lets other males know that this patch is taken, and it does not take long before the first Eurasian Griffons fly by at what seems to be an arm’s length.

Portugal Birds & Wine with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

An immense Eurasian Griffon soars past, by participant Maureen Phair

You continue your journey through the mountains, taking in the spectacular scenery. At another perch on top of a hill, you enjoy a picnic lunch while Egyptian Vultures, Peregrine Falcons, and Cinereous Vultures seem to dance in the wind at eye level. On you return to the lodge, you take some time to explore a tiny village, learning about its history and inhabitants. After a delicious homemade dinner, you go to sleep listening to the calls of a Eurasian Scops-Owl.


France

In France it is spring, and you wake up to a cacophony of sounds produced by hundreds of young Rooks roosting in nearby trees—it doesn’t take long to realize where the term rookery originated. You walk away from the noisy Rooks only to find a plethora of other sounds coming from warblers, tits, and nesting House Martins. You devote the day to exploring the fabulous Loire River, once described by French novelist Gustave Flaubert as “the most sensual river in France.” The Loire runs low and sedate, studded with sand and gravel bars that provide protected nesting sites for Yellow-legged, Black-headed, and Mediterranean gulls, as well as Little Ringed Plovers and Common Sandpipers.

France Birds & Wine with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

The chateau and gardens at Villandry

Each stop along the river brings the group one step closer to the renowned gardens of Chateau Villandry, where a delicious French picnic awaits. Sated, you venture into the gardens of this chateau, a testament to love and determination. The evening brings a fine day to a close as you take advantage of famous French gastronomy paired with a lovely Sancerre.

France Birds & Wine with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

The Chateau de Chenonceau, by guide Megan Edwards Crewe

Read more about each of these tours, see the itinerary and past triplists, and enjoy more images on their respective tour pages:

Birds and Wines of Chile & Argentina

Beyond the Ports of Portugal

France’s Loire Valley: Birds, Chateaux & Wine


October 2018 emailing

October 23rd, 2018 by Field Guides

Hello, birding friends! We hope fall is treating you well and the birding has been productive. Since our September emailing we’ve been busy with tours to Brazil, Cape May, Ecuador, South Africa, Peru, and Australia, and the reports have been exciting. We have a lot of news and updates for you in all the links below, including a fresh October Recent Photos Gallery with more than 80 great images from numerous recent departures (the dazzling Purple-breasted Cotinga below in Brazil by participant Roger Holmberg is a sample). Also linked below: a one-week Brazil getaway in late January or early March, a second Birds, Chateaux & Wine departure to France in June, open spaces on holiday tours, interesting bird news of various sorts, a last Antarctica cabin, videos from Brazil, a fresh batch of 14 recent triplists, and 12 updated itineraries for 2019 tours, as well as remaining spaces on our November-February tours. Enjoy, and we look forward to seeing you in the field!

Recent Photos from FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

A Week in Brazil: Join us in Southern Bahia…

Do you have limited time and would like a very targeted birding experience? Or are you going to be in Brazil on your own and would like to extend your stay? We have a very birdy extension to each of our two upcoming Nowhere but Northeast Brazil! departures that might fit the bill. In the description below, click the link to get the tour’s itinerary; then scroll down to the extension section for complete information. Contact our office if you are interested.

BRAZIL: Southern Bahia Extension — Jan 31-Feb 7 or Mar 7-14

We have two sets of dates for this short, late-winter getaway to birdy Bahia, Brazil, featuring several Atlantic Forest endemic and rarely seen birds difficult to see elsewhere. These include Hook-billed Hermit, White-winged Potoo, Banded Cotinga, Slender Antbird, Rio de Janeiro Antbird, Striated Softtail, Pink-legged Graveteiro, and Bahia Spinetail. The first departure (Jan 31) will be guided by Bret Whitney and Marcelo Barreiros (limit 12, 2 spaces currently open), then Marcelo will follow with our second departure (Mar 7, and all the birding intel gleaned from the first tour!) limited to 8 (1 space currently open). Check out more information in the itinerary.


Second France Birds & Wine added for 2019

France Birds & Wine tour with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURSOur Birds & Wine series has been very popular since we inaugurated it five years ago. In 2018 we launched France’s Loire Valley: Birds, Chateaux & Wine. Our original departure for next year (May 31-Jun 10, 2019) is down to one space open, so we’ve released dates for a second tour — Jun 12-22. This 11-day itinerary will also be guided by our great team of Megan Edwards Crewe and Marcelo Padua. We’ll bird our way through forests, grasslands, and wetlands along the Loire River with stops at the chateaux of Chambord, Chenonceau (at right), and Villandry, and of course we’ll sample great wines, wineries, and French food along the way! Contact our office …si ça vous intéresse!


Birding Escapes for the Holidays

If the type of holiday hubbub you prefer is of the birding sort, we still have space open on these short Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s trips to the New World tropics, all of which are confirmed departures:


Recent Bird News of Interest

There’s lots of interesting news related to birds and birding this month!

Participant Joyce Miller published a fun piece in the Glen Falls Chronicle about birding in Borneo on our 2018 summer tour guided by Megan Edwards Crewe.

If you’ve been wondering what the economic impact of birding is in the US, check out this piece from the All About Birds website.

Heading to the post office? Pick up some of these new USPS bird stamps with stylized depictions of some familiar species.

From Audubon: Chickadee brains swap out old brain cells for new ones to help them remember where they stashed all those seeds. Very cool!

Some amazing info about aerial bird traffic through North American airspace seasonally from All About Birds — we’re talking billions of birds northward and southward.

An interesting NYT article on saving hummingbirds in the Andes as part of an overall effort by the organization SavingSpecies to create birds-and-wildlife corridors through reforestation.

Would you like to improve your estimates of numbers in the field—and make your ebird entries better? Here’s your chance: Bird counting 101 from the ebird site.

“Every species is a set of solutions to a set of biological problems, and any one of those at any time can become transformative to the life sciences.” So says biologist Tom Lovejoy in this piece (focused on the Manaus area in Brazil) on the connection between climate change and biodiversity loss titled Camp Amazon: Inside the ‘lungs of the Earth’ from the Christian Science Monitor. Also featured prominently is our longtime friend and colleague Mario Cohn-Haft.


One Antarctica twin cabin open: Feb 14-Mar 8

We just heard from our cruise operator that there is one twin porthole cabin available if two of you would like to join guide Doug Gochfeld and our upcoming February group on this birding-and-wildlife trip of a lifetime. It will be a small group of just 12 (with you) and should be a lot of fun. See our Antarctica tour page for more info. Contact our office (ask for Karen Turner) soon if you are interested as the operator is looking for takers too.


New videos: Roraima & Manaus (Brazil)

Four new video clips from our recent Brazil tours to Roraima and the Manaus area in northern Brazil: below, from top, a compilation of some cool antbirds from guide Bret Whitney on the Roraima trip, including the fabulous Ferruginous-backed Antbird and the little-known Rio Branco Antbird; a lovely Crimson Fruitcrow, a birding prize of the Guiana Shield region of northern South America; a morning outing with our group, rubber boots required (!); and guide Micah Riegner’s clip of a Black-eared Fairy hummingbird building a nest. Click on the images to see the videos.

Brazil with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

Brazil with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

Brazil with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

Brazil with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS


Triplists from 14 recent Field Guides tours

Click on any image or link below to see our annotated and illustrated online triplist. (And be sure also to see our October Recent Photos gallery for other great images.)

GALAPAGOS
with Willy Perez

BEYOND THE PORTS OF PORTUGAL
with Marcelo Padua

CLOUDFORESTS OF ECUADOR
with Willy Perez

RAINFORESTS OF TAMBOPATA (PERU)
with Jesse Fagan

ARIZONA’S SECOND SPRING II
with John Coons & Felipe Guerrero

PAPUA NEW GUINEA
with Jay VanderGaast & Doug Gochfeld

WILD KENYA: A TENTED CAMP SAFARI
with Terry Stevenson

OREGON I
with Cory Gregory

BRAZIL: RORAIMA ADVENTURE
with Bret Whitney & Micah Riegner

BRAZIL: JAGUAR SPOTTING I
with Marcelo Padua & John Coons

MOUNTAINS OF MANU, PERU
with Dan Lane

FRANCE: CAMARGUE & PYRENEES I
with Megan Edwards Crewe & Ned Brinkley

MOROCCO
with Jesse Fagan

CANARY ISLANDS (ext. to MOROCCO)
with Jesse Fagan & Godfried Schreur


Private tours for your group or organization

Private groups with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

Want to organize your own tour with a group of special birding friends and one of our staff guides or for your local birding club? We regularly put together private departures for groups of 6 or more to many different destinations, and they are invariably a big hit. Here’s an example of a Namibia & Botswana tour’s illustrated triplist, with guide Terry Stevenson, and there is one more example from Portugal among the recent triplists above. Just contact our office to start planning your group’s next great birding trip.

A recent private-group Panama participant noted: “We were so pleased to do this tour with our friends and with John Coons as leader. Everything went smoothly. All we have to do now is decide where we all want to go next!”


Tour openings: November through February

NEW MEXICO with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

The select tours from November through February listed below still have some space available. Included is our all-new New Mexico: Birding the Land of Enchantment itinerary for Jan 26-Feb 1 with Doug Gochfeld & Cory Gregory. And if those dates don’t work for you but you want to bird the States this January, check out Chris Benesh’s South Texas Rarities tour, Jan 12-18.


Recently posted 2019 itineraries

Click on any image or link below to see the detailed itinerary for the following 2019 tours. Lots of info in these, and some great images as well!

BEYOND THE PORTS OF PORTUGAL
Apr • Marcelo Padua

MONGOLIA
Jun • Phil Gregory

MACHU PICCHU & ABRA MALAGA, PERU I
Jun • Jesse Fagan

MACHU PICCHU & ABRA MALAGA, PERU II
Oct • Dan Lane

WILD KENYA: A TENTED CAMP SAFARI
Jul • Terry Stevenson

NEWFOUNDLAND & NOVA SCOTIA
Jun/Jul • Chris Benesh

ARIZONA’S SECOND SPRING I
Jul • John Coons

ARIZONA’S SECOND SPRING II
Aug • Chris Benesh

ICELAND
Jun • Godfried Schreur

LESSER ANTILLES
Mar/Apr • Jesse Fagan

BAHAMAS
Mar • Jesse Fagan

FRANCE’S LOIRE VALLEY: BIRDS, CHATEAUX & WINE II
Jun • Megan Edwards Crewe & Marcelo Padua


September 2018 emailing

September 20th, 2018 by Field Guides

Hello, birding friends! Our fall season is off to a great start, as we hope yours is as well. There’s much for us to catch up on with you after an August emailing hiatus. Here we have a fresh September Recent Photos Gallery with more than 100 great images from numerous recent departures (the lovely Yellow-collared Macaws in Brazil above by participant Gregg Recer and the Red-faced Warbler below in Arizona by participant Henry Trombley are just a couple of teasers). The gallery also includes some images from our late-August annual Field Guides staff meeting, which was great fun. Also linked below: five additional new and returning tours for 2020, interesting bird news of various sorts, videos from New Guinea and Brazil, a fresh batch of 18 recent triplists, and 20 updated itineraries for 2019 tours, as well as remaining spaces on our October-January tours. Enjoy, and we look forward to seeing you in the field!

FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS recent tour photos

2020: Additional New & Returning Tours

  • Michigan
  • Birding Plus South Africa
  • Suriname
  • Birding Plus Mexico
  • Taiwan

Our Scheduling Committee has continued its good work on our 2020 schedule, and here are some recent additions they’ve made. Contact our office to hold a space at no obligation until the itinerary is ready. Our new tours tend to fill quickly!

NEW
Michigan: Great Lakes Grandeur

Guide Cory Gregory is developing a tour that will explore the various reaches of this bird-rich state, including north to the Upper Peninsula for some boreal species. It’s scheduled for May 16-24, 2020 and should be a lot of fun. You can read Cory’s initial description on the tour’s web page.

NEW BIRDING PLUS
South Africa: Birds, Wine & Wildflowers

Guides Joe Grosel (based in South Africa) and Marcelo Padua (who has co-led our other birds & wine tours in addition to his regular tour schedule) are teaming up for this fabulous combo of birding and two other compelling interests amid some beautiful landscapes. Check out the initial description on our website page. Dates are Aug 29-Sep 10, 2020.

NEW
Succinct Suriname: Trumpeters & Cotingas

If hard-to-see trumpeters, colorful and flashy cotingas, and a big expanse of wilderness sound like fun, join guide Dave Stejskal for his 12-day tour to this small country in northeastern South America. Dates are Jan 18-29, 2020, and we’ll have a fuller description of the tour on its web page soon.

NEW BIRDING PLUS
Central Mexico & Baja: Birds, Butterflies & Whales

Guides Jesse Fagan and Micah Riegner — each with a lot of Middle America birding experience — are conjuring up this new itinerary for some cool birds, the amazing wintering Monarch spectacle, and some up-close whale-watching, Feb 8-19, 2020. We feel like packing our bags already! More coming soon on the tour page here.

RETURNING
Taiwan

Back in our schedule after a long hiatus is this island itinerary with guide Phil Gregory. Star attractions include Swinhoe’s and Mikado pheasants, Taiwan Hill-Partridge, the stunning Flamecrest, and much more. Dates are Feb 1-12, 2020.

Yellow Rails 2018: Louisiana II added for Oct 25!

Yellow Rails in Louisiana with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURSDoes watching Yellow Rails and chowin’ down on crawfish tails in Louisiana in October sound like a fun theme for a few days of birding? Well, you are in luck! With our first departure fully booked, we’ve added a second departure for our Louisiana: Yellow Rails & Crawfish Tails 2018 tour with guides Dan Lane and Eric Hynes coming up very soon, Oct 25-29. Join Dan and Eric for a rail-rockin’ good time in Louisiana on this short, five-day tour where we plan to get nice views of Yellow Rails (possibly from a rice combine, if you are up for a ride!), plus several other rail species (Clapper, King, Virginia, and Sora are pretty standard).

Other exciting birds of this region we expect to see include Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Bachman’s Sparrow, and a big variety of waterfowl and waders. All of this while enjoying some delicious Cajun cuisine along the way makes for a great getaway, we think! You are sure to delight in the birds (if not the few extra pounds you might go home with!). We still have some spots open on this added tour — just contact our office to hold a space for yourself. For a sneak preview, have a look at one of our 2017 triplists. That lovely shot of a Yellow Rail above is by guide Cory Gregory from one of our 2017 tours.

Holiday Tours for November & December

We have a nice variety of holiday tours coming up, offering some great birding (and an escape from all the seasonal hubbub) on short trips from Mexico southward through Costa Rica and Panama to Trinidad and Ecuador, each of these with space still available:

Recent Bird News of Interest

As tracking technology for birds and other animals gets ever smaller and lighter, researchers are discovering some amazing feats by birds large and small. Check out this piece about the feeding sorties of nesting Leach’s Storm-Petrels—and just how far an adult will go in a single outing to find food for itself and to bring back to its single chick…quite amazing!

From Audubon magazine comes an article about some interesting discoveries regarding the evolutionary origin of hummingbirds…perhaps in a region you’re not expecting. See the article here.

Northern Bald Ibis is one of the most-wanted target species we seek on our Morocco tour (our 2018 departure is currently in progress with guide Jesse Fagan as we write this), and this Facebook video featuring artist Catherine Hamilton includes some great footage of the birds while relaying their conservation status and story.

Guide Doug Gochfeld participates with a team of birders each September 11 in monitoring birds flying through the powerful beams illuminating the sky over Manhattan during the “Tribute in Light” remembrance. This piece from the All About BIrds website tells a great story about the event, the lights, the people, the migration connection, the bird conservation challenges involved, and the city’s response.

Lastly, a sobering tale about poaching and Helmeted Hornbills, a species we see on our Borneo tour.

Our office has moved — check the new address

We’ve got great new digs for our Austin office — more space, better connectivity, and a better view — but it’s right next door! We are still in the same complex, just in a different building. So if you want to mail us something, be sure to note the new address (the only change from our old address is marked in bold red below):

Field Guides Inc.
9433 Bee Cave Road
Bldg. 2 Ste. 105
Austin, TX 78733

New videos: New Guinea, Brazil

New Guinea with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURSA couple of fun video clips from recent tours here: click the top image at right to see the crazy antics of a male Raggiana Bird-of-paradise when a female visits the lek on this summer’s Field Guides Papua New Guinea tour in a scoped video-clip on our Facebook page by guide Jay VanderGaast.

Brazil with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURSClick the lower image at right for a fine view of a pair of elegant Aplomado Falcons from guide Marcelo Barreiros on our recent Alta Floresta & the Northern Pantanal, Brazil tour — and check out the big prey-grabbing toes visible on the right-hand bird. (P.S.: Click the X at top right of the screen after watching a video to get to our recent videos gallery if you’d like to look at some other clips from recent emailings.)

Triplists from 14 recent tours

Click on any image or link below to see our annotated and illustrated online triplist. (And be sure also to see our September Recent Photos gallery for other great images.)

BRAZIL’S RIO ROOSEVELT
with Bret Whitney

MACHU PICCHU & ABRA MALAGA, PERU
with Jesse Fagan

ARIZONA’S NIGHTBIRDS & MORE I
with Tom Johnson

HAWAII
with Dan Lane & Chris Benesh

CENTRAL PERUVIAN ENDEMICS
with Dan Lane & Dave Stejskal

SPITSBERGEN & SVALBARD ARCHIPELAGO
with John Coons

ALASKA I (PART I: PRIBILOFS & DENALI)
with Chris Benesh & Doug Gochfeld

ALASKA I (PART II: NOME, SEWARD & BARROW)
with Chris Benesh & Doug Gochfeld

ALASKA II (PART I: PRIBILOFS & DENALI)
with Tom Johnson & Cory Gregory

ALASKA II (PART II: NOME, SEWARD & BARROW)
with Tom Johnson & Cory Gregory

KENYA SAFARI SPECTACULAR
with Terry Stevenson

NEWFOUNDLAND & NOVA SCOTIA
with Chris Benesh & Cory Gregory

ICELAND I
with Godfried Schreur

ICELAND II
with Godfried Schreur

NORTHEAST INDIA: EAGLENEST, KAZIRANGA & MORE
with Phil Gregory

ALTA FLORESTA & THE NORTHERN PANTANAL
with Marcelo Padua & Marcelo Barreiros

PERU’S MAGNETIC NORTH
with Dan Lane & Jesse Fagan

MONGOLIA
with Phil Gregory


Private tours for your group or organization

Private groups with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

Want to organize your own tour with a group of special birding friends and one of our staff guides or for your local birding club? We regularly put together private departures for groups of 6 or more to many different destinations, and they are invariably a big hit. Here’s an example of a Namibia & Botswana tour’s illustrated triplist, with guide Terry Stevenson, and there is one more example from Portugal among the recent triplists above. Just contact our office to start planning your group’s next great birding trip.

A recent private-group Panama participant noted: “We were so pleased to do this tour with our friends and with John Coons as leader. Everything went smoothly. All we have to do now is decide where we all want to go next!”


Tour openings: October through January

COSTA RICA with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

Check our listing below for space still available on select tours from October through January. Included are openings on our two Holiday Costa Rica: Rancho Naturalista departures for Dec 21 with Cory Gregory and Dec 29 with Megan Edwards Crewe. And if your schedule doesn’t allow for a holiday visit, check out our Costa Rica: Birding the Edges tour (in two parts) in January with Tom Johnson. Lots of choices!


Recently posted 2019 itineraries

Click on any image or link below to see the detailed itinerary for the following 2019 tours. Lots of info in these, and some great images as well!

COLORADO GROUSE I
Apr • Tom Johnson

COLORADO GROUSE II
Apr • Doug Gochfeld & Cory Gregory

NORTHERN ARIZONA’S CANYONS & CONDOR
Jun • John Coons

SPITSBERGEN & SVALBARD ARCHIPELAGO
Jun • John Coons & Doug Gochfeld

NAMIBIA & BOTSWANA I
Feb • Joe Grosel

NAMIBIA & BOTSWANA II
Nov • Terry Stevenson

KENYA SAFARI SPECTACULAR
May/Jun • Terry Stevenson

FRANCE’S LOIRE VALLEY: BIRDS, CHATEAUX & WINE
May/Jun • Megan Edwards Crewe & Marcelo Padua

EAST AFRICA HIGHLIGHTS: KENYA & TANZANIA
Mar • Terry Stevenson

POINT PELEE MIGRATION SPECTACLE
May • Jay VanderGaast

SPRING IN CAPE MAY
May • Tom Johnson

HUNGARY & ROMANIA
Apr • Terry Stevenson & Lajos Nemeth-Boka

BORNEO I
Feb • Megan Edwards Crewe

BORNEO II
Jul • Dave Stejskal

ISRAEL MIGRATION MAGIC
Mar • Doug Gochfeld

PENNSYLVANIA’S WARBLERS & MORE
May • Tom Johnson

GALAPAGOS I
Jun • Mitch Lysinger

GALAPAGOS II
Jul • Willy Perez

TEXAS’S BIG BEND & HILL COUNTRY
Apr • Chris Benesh

NORTHEAST INDIA: EAGLENEST, KAZIRANGA & MORE
Apr • Phil Gregory

 


Yellow Rails 2018? Second departure added!

August 15th, 2018 by Field Guides

Does watching Yellow Rails and chowin’ down on crawfish tails in Louisiana in October sound like a fun theme for a few days of birding to you?  Well, you are in luck!  With our first departure fully booked, we’ve added a second departure for our Louisiana: Yellow Rails & Crawfish Tails 2018 tour with guide Dan Lane coming up very soon, Oct 25-29, 2018.  Join Dan for a rail-rockin’ good time in Louisiana on this short, five-day tour where we plan to get nice views of Yellow Rails (possibly from a rice combine, if you are up for a ride!), plus several other rail species (Clapper, King, Virginia, and Sora are pretty standard) as well many other exciting species of this region (birds like Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Bachman’s Sparrow, and a big variety of waterfowl and waders). All of this while enjoying some delicious Cajun cuisine along the way makes for a great getaway, we think!  You are sure to enjoy the birds (though perhaps not the few extra pounds you might go home with!). We still have some spots open on this added tour — just contact our office to hold a space for yourself. For a little sneak preview, have a look at one of our 2017 triplists at the links below:

2017 TRIPLIST (first tour)

2017 TRIPLIST (second tour)


July 2018 recent tour photos gallery is up!

August 2nd, 2018 by Field Guides

The latest edition of our monthly Recent Photos gallery is up, and you can enjoy more than 100 images contributed by our guides and participants on various recent Field Guides tours across the globe, ranging  from Alaska to Arizona, Spitsbergen to Ghana, and the Brazilian Amazon to Peru. Have a look for some great armchair birding! Click on this link or the sample image below of a lovely Little Stint from Alaska participant Pieter Poll.

Recent Photos from FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

 

 

 


July 2018 emailing

July 31st, 2018 by Field Guides

Hello, birding friends! August is almost upon us, and our annual Field Guides staff meeting is coming up in three weeks…more than thirty of us are looking forward to catching up in person and talking about next year’s plans and beyond. It should be good fun, and we’ll share some pics after the meeting. There’s much to see in this emailing: a fresh July Recent Photos Gallery with more than 100 great images from numerous recent departures (the Pauraque below in South Texas by guide Tom Johnson is just one sample). Also linked below: new and returning tours for 2020, tours with roommate options if you’re traveling solo, cool birding news in the media, videos from Brazil’s Rio Roosevelt and Peru’s Magnetic North, a fresh batch of 14 recent triplists, and 12 updated itineraries for 2019 tours, as well as remaining spaces on our August-December tours. Enjoy, and we look forward to seeing you in the field!

Recent tour photos from FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

2020 Tours: New & Returning

Southern Africa Spectacular, Alberta, Southern India

Our Scheduling Committee has been working diligently with guides to finalize the 2020 schedule details. As part of that process, they have been evaluating both new tour ideas and the possibility of bringing back some itineraries we’ve run in the past. Here are some recent additions.

NEW—Southern Africa Spectacular
Guide Joe Grosel, based in South Africa, will be guiding a new Southern Africa Spectacular itinerary in July 2020 that will visit several marquee destinations in three countries, including Kruger National Park in South Africa, Victoria Falls in Zambia, and Chobe National Park in Botswana. We have a preliminary description and some of Joe’s beautiful images on the tour page, with lots more info to come as we work up the official itinerary, checklist, etc. If you would like to hold space on this tour, contact our office.

RETURNING—Canadian Rockies: Alberta
Guide Jay VanderGaast is returning to his stomping grounds as he brings back to our schedule Canadian Rockies: Alberta — a summer itinerary with fabulous western prairie and mountain birding amidst eye-grabbing scenery. Dates are Jun 13-23, 2020.

RETURNING—Southern India
Participants traveling recently with guide Terry Stevenson requested a tour to the endemic-rich southern reaches of India, and Terry’s been missing his travels there…so Southern India: Western Ghats Endemics is back on the calendar! Dates are Nov 1-21, 2020, with numerous geographically sourced bird names on the menu: Malabar Trogon (and M. Gray Hornbill, Pied-Hornbill, Barbet, Parakeet, Lark, Whistling-Thrush, and Starling); Wynaad, Nilgiri, Palani, Ashambu, and Banasura laughingthrushes; Nilgiri Blue-Robin and Flycatcher and Flowerpecker and Pipit; plus another 300 or so species on the list of possibilities. Terry guided this tour in 2016, 2014, and 2012…click to see the triplists.

Traveling solo, need a roommate?

If you are traveling alone and wish to get away in the next few months and would like to share a room in order to avoid single supplement costs, we have several options available for single female or male travelers. (You may also book a single with the single supplement, of course.)

For female travelers, there is one space open with a roommate to share on this tour:

For male travelers, there is one space open with a roommate to share on these tours:

Puerto Rico 2019: It’s on!

Guide Tom Johnson has been keeping in touch with our various contacts on the island, and from a birding standpoint the news is good for both access and the logistics we need for our tour. So we’re heading back (after having to cancel two full tours in 2018 due to the hurricane aftermath). Dates are Mar 17-23, 2019. We’re looking forward not only to seeing a bunch of Puerto Rico endemics but also to visiting our friends down there and giving their businesses a much-needed shot in the arm. Contact our office if you’d like to hold space; you can see the complete 2019 itinerary at this link.

Big Bend: Tom Johnson on the radio

Speaking of Tom, he just appeared in a radio interview on the joys of birding in Big Bend NP in Texas. It’s three minutes long and hosted by Texas Standard, which comes out of KUT, Austin’s Public Radio station. If you have a listen, you’ll get to hear not only Tom but Colima Warbler and Elf Owl, too!

In the news: Cool birding, cool birds

Colombia with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURSTwo interesting articles caught our eye recently. The first is one in the New York Times about the Colombian llanos, a region featured in guide Jesse Fagan’s Colombia: The Llanos & More tour, with our next departure scheduled for Nov 11-21, 2018. The llanos are seasonally flooded grassy plains that span parts of Colombia and Venezuela—their version of the pantanal, if you will. Our itinerary visits the very lodge featured in the article about this area rich in birds and history, and the piece is a fun read. At right is a specialty of the region, a Pale-headed Jacamar, by Jesse.

The second piece from The Atlantic is an exciting recounting of the discovery of the nest of a longtime ornithological enigma, Ringed Storm-Petrel. Where? Of all places, out in the middle of the barren Atacama Desert in northern Chile! It took a lot of sleuthing over a number of years, and the article reads like a mystery short story. It’s amazing how many gaps in our bird knowledge remain in this modern age.

And now, in the spirit of stepping outside ourselves for a different perspective, let us point you to another recent article. Any piece that contains the sentence “When dating a birder, everything—from religious beliefs to daily habits—is affected by avifauna.” seems like it must be worth a look. So, with no further ado, we present “A Beginner’s Guide to Dating a Birder” from Outside magazine. No chuckling allowed as you read…

New videos: Rio Roosevelt, Peru

A couple of fun video clips from recent tours below, just click on either image to see the video. First, an exciting run up Brazil’s Rio Roosevelt (the famous River of Doubt) to a morning birding’s destination by participant Jonathan Newman (there will be lots more to see about this wilderness tour soon in the 2018 triplist).

Brazil with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

Next, check out guide Jesse Fagan’s clip from our recent Peru’s Magnetic North tour of a diminutive Ochre-fronted Antpitta doing its body-rocking thing—a characteristic behavior in the genus Grallaricula. Why? Who knows? But it’s fun to watch.

Peru with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

(P.S.: Click the X at top right of the screen after watching a video to get to our recent videos gallery if you’d like to look at some other clips from recent emailings.)

Triplists from 14 recent tours

Click on any image or link below to see our annotated and illustrated online triplist. (And be sure also to see our July Recent Photos gallery for other great images.)

GHANA
with Phil Gregory

BHUTAN
with Richard Webster & Megan Edwards Crewe

UGANDA
with Phil Gregory

SPRING IN CAPE MAY
with Tom Johnson & Doug Gochfeld

CLASSICAL GREECE
with Megan Edwards Crewe

ARIZONA’S CANYONS & CONDOR I
with John Coons

BEYOND THE PORTS OF PORTUGAL I
with Marcelo Padua

ARIZONA NIGHTBIRDS & MORE II
with Dave Stejskal

FRANCE’S LOIRE VALLEY: BIRDS, CHATEAUX & WINE I
with Megan Edwards Crewe & Marcelo Padua

SPRING IN SOUTH TEXAS II
with Tom Johnson

ARIZONA’S CANYONS & CONDOR II
with John Coons

COLORADO GROUSE I
with Tom Johnson & Ned Brinkley

POINT PELEE MIGRATION SPECTACLE
with Jay VanderGaast

ARIZONA: BIRDING THE BORDER II
with Dave Stejskal


Private tours for your group or organization

Private groups with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

Want to organize your own tour with a group of special birding friends and one of our staff guides or for your local birding club? We regularly put together private departures for groups of 6 or more to many different destinations, and they are invariably a big hit. Here’s an example of a Namibia & Botswana tour’s illustrated triplist, with guide Terry Stevenson, and there is one more example from Portugal among the recent triplists above. Just contact our office to start planning your group’s next great birding trip.

A recent private-group Panama participant noted: “We were so pleased to do this tour with our friends and with John Coons as leader. Everything went smoothly. All we have to do now is decide where we all want to go next!”


Tour openings: August through December

COLOMBIA with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

Check our listing below for space still available on select tours from August through December. Included are openings on two distinctive Colombia itineraries with Jesse Fagan in November: our Colombia: Cali Escape tour, from which participant Steve Parrish brought home the lovely Multicolored Tanager image last year, and our Colombia: The Llanos & More tour, to the eastern reaches of this rich country (see one of our lodges featured in the NY Times article linked above). As you can see by the dates, they can be taken back to back, too, if your schedule allows.


Recently posted 2019 itineraries

Click on any image or link below to see the detailed itinerary for the following 2019 tours. Lots of info in these, and some great images as well!

GUATEMALA: SHADE-GROWN COFFEE
Feb • Jesse Fagan

SPAIN
May • Chris Benesh & Godfried Schreur

NEW MEXICO: BIRDING THE LAND OF ENCHANTMENT
Jan • Doug Gochfeld & Cory Gregory

SOUTH TEXAS RARITIES
Jan • Chris Benesh

COLOMBIA: MEDELLIN ESCAPE
May • Jesse Fagan

GHANA
Mar • Phil Gregory

SPRING IN CAPE MAY
May • Tom Johnson

PUERTO RICO
Mar • Tom Johnson

ARIZONA NIGHTBIRDS & MORE
May • Two departures

ARIZONA: BIRDING THE BORDER
May • Two departures

BHUTAN
Apr • Megan Edwards Crewe

FLORIDA
Apr • Doug Gochfeld

FLORIDA
Apr • Chris Benesh & Dave Stejskal


June 2018 recent tour photos gallery is up!

June 29th, 2018 by Field Guides

We’ve just posted a fresh gallery of more than 100 images contributed by our guides and participants from various recent Field Guides tours, from Uganda and Mongolia across the globe to Panama, Florida, Arizona and more. Have a look for some great armchair birding! Click on this link or the sample image below.


June 2018 emailing

June 26th, 2018 by Field Guides

Hello, birding friends! Summer’s in full bloom, and with it a very busy schedule of Field Guides tours from Arizona and Alaska to Iceland, Norway, Borneo, Peru and many other destinations. There’s much to see in this emailing: a fresh June Recent Photos Gallery with more than 100 great images from a dozen tours (e.g., the Texas Scissor-tailed Flycatcher above by guide Cory Gregory, and the Montezuma Quail below by Arizona participant Jeff Barnum — just a couple of teasers). Also linked below: some very cool bird news, six extensions you can take as standalone tours, tour updates (Honduras & NE Brazil), videos from Florida and Cape May, a fresh batch of 24 recent triplists, and 17 updated itineraries for 2018 and 2019 tours, as well as remaining spaces on our August-November tours. Thanks for checking it all out — we look forward to seeing you in the field.

Recent photos from FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS


Tour updates: Honduras, Northeast Brazil (x2)

Honduras: With the unexpected closing of Pico Bonito Lodge earlier this year, an adjustment was in order for our upcoming Holiday in Honduras jaunt in December. Guide Jesse Fagan (yes, that Jesse, co-author of the very field guide you’ll be using!) made the most of the opportunity and has our holiday group staying at two alternate wonderful lodgings, Corinto Pearl Eco-Resort and Panacam Lodge, with a finale at the famed Mayan ruins of Copán. And did you know there’s a special bonus of the itinerary change? The tour checklist has now more than 150 additional species on it with the visits to Panacam/Lake Yojoa and Copan. Dates are Dec 21-29, and you can see the full itinerary here. Should be some fun birding!

Nowhere but Northeast Brazil: Our popular tours to Northeast Brazil have been on the Field Guides schedule for (can we say it?) decades. But 2019 brings something new: we are offering a second departure of the same itinerary, including the post-tour Southern Bahia Extension. Our first departure with Bret Whitney and Marcelo Barreiros is tentatively full. The second tour, Feb 19-Mar 8 with Marcelo Barreiros and a group of 8 participants, has just one space available as of this writing. This second tour will benefit by Marcelo’s having lots of fresh stake-outs from the first tour, and it is also somewhat less expensive, due to lower cost of smaller or fewer vehicles at some of the tour venues, and the fact that we will not need to cover a second guide’s airfare (and caipirinhas, ha!). Final bird lists for the two tours are going to be quite similar, and excellent, of course! You can see the full itinerary here. Contact our office if you’d like to grab that last space. (For just one example of the cool things to be seen on the tour, see this recent piece about the fabulous Araripe Manakin on the All About Birds website.)


Cool bird news: Whimbrels, Tadoussac & more

Whimbrels by guide Doug Gochfeld

If you read our March 2018 emailing, you saw a very cool story map of the migration of a Semipalmated Sandpiper created by our friend Maina Handmaker and colleagues at the conservation organization Manomet. Well, Maina and gang have been at it again, creating a beautiful new story map featuring Whimbrels…in fact, the migration of three different Whimbrels. It’s quite an amazing story, beautifully presented with numerous images, informative text, and some cool video clips. And it illustrates the conservation challenges facing shorebird populations that are dependent on just 3 or 4 key areas for breeding, wintering, and migration stopovers to refuel. Definitely worth a few minutes of your time. (BTW, the photo above is a small part of a large flock guide Doug Gochfeld photographed on our May Spring in Cape May tour…yet another population’s stopover site.)

Never heard of Tadoussac in Canada’s Quebec Province? Well, then, you probably missed the biggest buzz of the spring. View this checklist on ebird for a peek into the flood of northbound birds the rest of us missed that day. Lots of photos, and a couple of cool video clips right below Wilson’s Warbler. Dream on!

Bird evolution buffs will be interested to see this piece on the All About Birds website about the asteroid cataclysm 66 million years ago and its impact on the avian descendants we see now. Thank goodness it’s not all tinamous, tapaculos, and partridge today (no offense to all those wonderful taxa, of course)!

Cassia Crossbill on BNA: There’s a limited-time opportunity to see what the Birds of North America website is all about for free (it’s by subscription otherwise) via the account for the recently split Cassia Crossbill, a species we’ll seek on our 2019 Idaho: Snake River to Sawtooths tour with guides Eric Hynes and Mitch Lysinger. Enjoy the informative account here.


Take an extension as a standalone tour…

Are you going to be in one of the following countries on your own or perhaps (oh no!) on tour with another company and would like to extend your stay? Or do you have very limited time and would like a very targeted birding experience? We have some fun and birdy extensions to upcoming fall tours that might fit the bill. Click the links to get to each tour’s itinerary; scroll down to the extension section for complete information. With the exception of the Canary Islands, each of these has at least two spaces open. Contact our office if you are interested.

Tasmania Extension with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS


New videos: Florida, Spring in Cape May

Bridled Terns in Florida with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

Black Skimmers at Cape May with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

Guide Doug Gochfeld recently created two video compilations, the first (left above) from our 2018 Florida tour he co-led with Mitch Lysinger, the second from our 2018 Spring in Cape May tour co-led with Tom Johnson. Some fun sightings of everything from Bridled Tern and “Great White” Heron to White-rumped Sandpiper and Magnificent Frigatebird.


Triplists from 24 recent tours

Click on any image or link below to see our annotated and illustrated online triplist. (And be sure also to see our June Recent Photos gallery for other great images.)

NAMIBIA & BOTSWANA I
with Terry Stevenson

BRAZIL NUTSHELL
with Marcelo Padua

SOUTHEASTERN ECUADOR
with Mitch Lysinger

SOUTHWESTERN ECUADOR
with Willy Perez

JAMAICA I
with Eric Hynes

JAMAICA II
with Tom Johnson

WESTERN PANAMA
with Jesse Fagan

ISRAEL MIGRATION MAGIC
with Doug Gochfeld

TEXAS COAST MIGRATION SPECTACLE I
with John Coons

TEXAS COAST MIGRATION SPECTACLE II
with John Coons

PANAMA’S CANOPY TOWER
with Chris Benesh

PANAMA’S CANOPY LODGE (ext. to CANOPY TOWER)
with Chris Benesh

SPRING IN SOUTH TEXAS I
with Chris Benesh

TEXAS’S BIG BEND & HILL COUNTRY
with Chris Benesh & Cory Gregory

COSTA RICA
with Jay VanderGaast

COLORADO GROUSE II
with Eric Hynes & Doug Gochfeld

BORNEO I
with Dave Stejskal

MAINE IN SPRING
with Eric Hynes & Cory Gregory

HUNGARY & ROMANIA
with Terry Stevenson & Lajos Nemeth-Boka

FLORIDA
with Doug Gochfeld & Mitch Lysinger

PENNSYLVANIA’S WARBLERS & MORE
with Tom Johnson & Micah Riegner

ARIZONA: BIRDING THE BORDER I
with John Coons

SURINAME (a private group)
with Dave Stejskal

PANAMA (a private group)
with John Coons


Private tours for your group or organization

Private groups with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

Want to organize your own tour with a group of special birding friends and one of our staff guides or for your local birding club? We regularly put together private departures for groups of 6 or more to many different destinations, and they are invariably a big hit. Here’s an example of a Namibia & Botswana tour’s illustrated triplist, with guide Terry Stevenson. Just contact our office to start planning your group’s next great birding trip.

A recent private-group Panama participant noted: “We were so pleased to do this tour with our friends and with John Coons as leader. Everything went smoothly. All we have to do now is decide where we all want to go next!”


Tour openings: August through November

Chile with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

Check our listing below for space still available on select tours from August through November. Included are a few spaces on our upcoming Chile tour with guide Willy Perez—it’s a destination with not only great birding but some pretty spectacular scenery, as you can see in the image above by 2017 participant Bill Byers in Torres del Paine National Park in the far south. There are fabulous mountainscapes from tip to tip!


Recently posted 2019 itineraries

Click on any image or link below to see the detailed itinerary for the following 2019 tours. Lots of info in these, and some great images as well!

COSTA RICA: BIRDING THE EDGES
Jan • Tom Johnson

WINTER JAPAN
Jan • Phil Gregory

ALBERTA’S OWLS & MORE
Feb • Jay VanderGaast

NORTHERN INDIA
Jan • Terry Stevenson

NOWHERE BUT NORTHEAST BRAZIL!
Two departures • Jan or Feb

SOUTHEASTERN ECUADOR: ORANGE-THROATED TANAGER & SPECIALTIES
Feb • Mitch Lysinger

JAMAICA
Three departures • Feb, Mar or Nov

BIRDS & WINES OF CHILE AND ARGENTINA
Feb • Marcelo Padua

SOUTHWESTERN ECUADOR
Mar • Willy Perez

SPRING IN SOUTH TEXAS
Mar • Chris Benesh

WESTERN PANAMA
Mar • Jesse Fagan

BRAZIL NUTSHELL
Mar • Marcelo Padua

BELIZE
Mar • Dave Stejskal

MEXICO: OAXACA
Two departures • Mar or Dec

COSTA RICA
Mar • Jay VanderGaast

PANAMA’S CANOPY TOWER & LODGE
Mar • John Coons

TEXAS COAST MIGRATION SPECTACLE
Apr (2 departures) • John Coons


May 2018 emailing

May 17th, 2018 by Field Guides

Hello, all! Where has the last month gone? Our guides and groups have been off to places as familiar as the Texas Coast, Colorado, and Florida, and as far-flung and exotic as Bhutan, Cambodia, and Ghana…with detours to Portugal, Hungary, and India. Spring is rushing to a close! But summer brings Alaska, Kenya, Brazil, Peru, Spitsbergen, Borneo, and myriad other destinations — another great season ahead. In this emailing we have a fresh May Recent Photos Gallery with more than 120 great images from 16 itineraries (from the Bay-headed Tanager above by Panama participant Stan Lilley, to the curious Collared Redstart below by Costa Rica participant Tracey Bauder — just a couple of teasers). Also linked below are a great bird news source, 3 just-opened Manaus (Brazil) spaces, some cool Antarctica tour videos, a fresh batch of 8 recent triplists, and 11 updated itineraries for 2018 and 2019 tours, as well as remaining spaces on our July-October tours. Thanks for checking it all out — we look forward to seeing you in the field.

Recent Photos from FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS


Late Manaus openings, cool bird news

First, a quick heads up that we’ve had a few rare, late cancellations on the first departure of our Rio Negro Paradise: Manaus, Brazil tour (the second departure is full) with Bret Whitney and Marcelo Barreiros, and there are 3 spaces currently open for this Sep 1-15 departure. If you’re interested in a river-based adventure, check out the itinerary or a 2017 triplist, too (the long opening video gives a great taste of the tour).

On the cool bird news front, if you are not already subscribed, let us suggest you check out The Birding Community E-Bulletin compiled by Paul Baicich and Wayne Petersen. Paul and Wayne do a great job assembling the latest news and updates on everything from endangered species status to rarity sightings to upcoming key legislative moves affecting birds…and more. There’s an archive of past bulletins here, but if you want to be right up to date, go to this link to subscribe. It’s free, and you’ll get the news a week or two before the latest issue gets posted to the archive. Just as an example, the most recent May bulletin has a rarity focus on Marsh Sandpiper, interesting conservation news about Chimney Swifts, a piece about Black-capped Vireo being delisted as an Endangered Species, a Kirtland’s Warbler proposal, some surprising news about three well-known species that might be in much more trouble than we thought (Atlantic Puffin, Snowy Owl, Black-legged Kittiwake), and more. It’s worth a look.

In more bird news, check out this article in Canada’s Globe and Mail about the intersection of Red Knots, tracking technology, climate change, Horseshoe Crabs, and more. If you need a teaser to have a look, here’s an eye-catching line: some Red Knots “have been known to fly farther in their lifetimes than the distance to the moon.”


Some video fun from our Antarctica tour

Antarctica with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

Have a look at this gallery of 6 video compilations by guide Bret Whitney from our 2018 Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falklands tour he co-led with Tom Johnson. You’ll see some spectacular (and humorous) experiences with birds, wildlife, landscapes, and life on board. You can also see the complete annotated triplist at this link.


Triplists from recent tours

Click on any image or link below to see our annotated and illustrated online triplist. (And be sure also to see our May Recent Photos gallery for other great images.)

ALBERTA’S OWLS & MORE
with Jay VanderGaast & John Coons

MEXICO: OAXACA I
with Chris Benesh & Dan Lane

ANTARCTICA
with Bret Whitney & Tom Johnson

THAILAND
with Jay VanderGaast & Uthai Treesucon

PANAMA’S CANOPY TOWER & LODGE
with John Coons

MEXICO: OAXACA II
with Cory Gregory & Jorge Montejo

COLOMBIA: SANTA MARTA ESCAPE
with Richard Webster & Cory Gregory

THE HEART OF CHILE
with Marcelo Padua & Marcelo Barreiros


Private tours for your group or organization

Private groups with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

Want to organize your own tour with a group of special birding friends and one of our staff guides or for your local birding club? We regularly put together private departures for groups of 6 or more to many different destinations, and they are invariably a big hit. Here’s an example of the recent Namibia & Botswana tour’s illustrated triplist, with guide Terry Stevenson. Just contact our office to start planning your group’s next great birding trip.

A recent private-group Panama participant noted: “We were so pleased to do this tour with our friends and with John Coons as leader. Everything went smoothly. All we have to do now is decide where we all want to go next!”


Tour openings: July through October

France with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

Check our listing below for space still available on select tours from July through October. The image above was taken by guide Cory Gregory in the French Pyrenees, looking into Spain. We have two France: Camargue & Pyrenees September departures again this year, with one space still open on our first tour with Megan Edwards Crewe (Sep 1-11), and two open on our second tour, with Jay VanderGaast & Marcelo Padua (Sep 5-15). Great birds, great eats, and great landscapes! If you’re interested, contact our office. You can also have a peek at a 2017 illustrated and annotated triplist here.

Recently posted 2018 & 2019 itineraries

Click on any image or link below to see the detailed itinerary for the following 2018 and 2019 tours. Lots of info in these, and some great images as well!

GUYANA: WILDERNESS PARADISE
Four 2019 departures • Jan – Mar – Nov

AMAZONIAN ECUADOR: SACHA LODGE
Jan or Jun • Willy Perez or Mitch Lysinger

COLOMBIA: LLANOS & MORE
Nov 2018 • Jesse Fagan

THAILAND
Jan • Jay VanderGaast & Uthai Treesucon

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Feb or Dec • Dan Lane or Tom Johnson

JEWELS OF ECUADOR
Jan or Mar • Mitch Lysinger or Willy Perez

COLOMBIA: BOGOTA, MAGDALENA VALLEY & SANTA MARTA
Jan • Jesse Fagan

PANAMA’S CANOPY TOWER
Feb • John Coons

CAMBODIA
Feb • Phil Gregory

COLOMBIA: SANTA MARTA ESCAPE
Feb • Cory Gregory

ANTARCTICA
Feb • Doug Gochfeld


  • NEWS ARCHIVES


Private Tours | Resources | © Copyright Field Guides 2018 | 1-512-263-7295
fieldguides.com