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November 2017 emailing

November 30th, 2017 by Field Guides· Add a Comment

Hello, all! It’s been a great fall at Field Guides, traveling with you all over the globe–New Guinea, Morocco, California, Brazil, Peru, Louisiana, Australia, Ecuador, Namibia, Vietnam, Madagascar, Chile, to name a few destinations. Various of these adventures are represented in this month’s eight recent triplists shown below, as well as in our November Recent Photos gallery, with 80 fresh images from recent tours. Below, as a sample, is a photo by Tom Johnson of guide Bret Whitney getting everyone focused on a Guianan Red-Cotinga in Brazil (what a great bird!). Scroll down for schedule updates on Iceland 2018 and Galapagos 2019, a link to a very cool video of migration in Brazil, a group offer for our 2018 Jewels of Ecuador tours, and a fun suggestion for your holiday gift-giving. You’ll also spot 10 fresh itineraries for 2018 and spaces available January to May. Enjoy reading and viewing, and good birding to all!

Brazil with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

Updates: Iceland II 2018 (added) and Galapagos I 2019

With our originally scheduled July 6 departure of Iceland fully booked, we’ve added a second departure for Jun 27-Jul 6, 2018 with Godfried Schreur guiding this very popular itinerary.

We’ve moved the dates of our first 2019 Galapagos departure with Mitch Lysinger from Jun 15-25 to June 8-18, 2019. Contact our office to hold a space if this fits your schedule better.

After sending out our October emailing, we realized we had tagged guide Cory Gregory‘s new Oregon tour as first running in 2019, when it actually will be inaugurated in September 2018. That 2018 departure is provisionally full, but you can be waitlisted if you wish, and we have space available on the Aug 31, 2019 departure!

Phenomena on tour: Snail Kites on the move in Brazil

Snail Kites migrating in Brazil by Bret WhitneyOne of the great things about traveling with you to so many different places around the world is the opportunity to observe unexpected avian phenomena and sightings. Guide Bret Whitney and his recent “Brazil’s Remote Rio Tapajos” group did just that—the start of their tour coincided with a big austral weather front that stalled thousands of Snail Kites as they were migrating south from the llanos to the pantanal. We posted Bret’s cool video of our group’s experience on our Facebook page. Additionally, Bret assembled a dozen great photos from the tour in a separate Facebook entry. Both posts are worth a look!

Jewels of Ecuador 2018 tours: got a group of four for a discount?

Golden TanagerEcuador packs one of the biggest birding punches of them all, and our Jewels of Ecuador itinerary can top 50 hummingbird species seen well, while the brilliant tanagers are nothing less than out of control (here’s a Golden Tanager by 2017 participant Merrill Lester at left). We also always make a concerted effort to find some fabulous antpittas—10 or more species possible!—usually with great success. Since our last emailing, in which we mentioned our two 2018 departures, our Jan 20-Feb 6 tour with Willy Perez has become a “go,” with four currently booked for some great birding ahead! Now we’d like to do the same with our second trip, Mar 17-Apr 3 with Mitch Lysinger in the lead or, for that matter, fill all four remaining spaces on the January tour. Can you gather a group of three birding buddies to join you on one of these amazing trips? If so, contact Tour Manager Ruth Kuhl in our office, and we will offer each of you four a $500 discount off the tour price of this 18-day extravaganza (your net on the fee of $6275 will be $5775 each). Check in with us if that might work for you. The offer’s open to groups of four (or more for the March tour)!

A great gift idea: The Naturalist’s Notebook

The Naturalist's NotebookLooking for a holiday gift idea? Our friend Nat Wheelwright of Bowdoin College, a well-known ornithologist, birder, and naturalist, recently teamed up with naturalist-author Bernd Heinrich (Mind of the Raven, The Snoring Bird, The Homing Instinct) to put together a beautifully written, illustrated, and organized (not to mention extremely useful!) hardcover book, The Naturalist’s Notebook (shown at right with its half dust-cover). Published by Storey Books and subtitled “An Observation Guide and 5-Year Calendar-Journal for Tracking Changes in the Natural World around You,” it has already become quite popular in its first few weeks off the press. It’ll be of interest to anyone who loves learning about the world outside and wants to track observations and phenomena. It’s available in bookstores in many places and on Amazon here. And here’s a bonus: all royalties are being donated by the authors to conservation and environmental education!

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 November Recent Photos gallery for other great images.)

Hyacinth Macaw in Brazil with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

ALTA FLORESTA & THE PANTANAL
with Marcelo Padua & Marcelo Barreiros

Morocco with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

MOROCCO
with Jesse Fagan

Louisiana with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

LOUISIANA RAILS I
with Dan Lane & Cory Gregory

Louisiana with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

LOUISIANA RAILS II
with Dan Lane & Cory Gregory

France with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

FRANCE: CAMARGUE & PYRENEES I
with Megan Crewe & Marcelo Padua

France with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

FRANCE: CAMARGUE & PYRENEES II
with Jay VanderGaast & Cory Gregory

New Guinea with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

PAPUA NEW GUINEA IN STYLE
with Phil Gregory

Cape May with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

CAPE MAY MEGAN’S WAY
with Megan Edwards Crewe

Comments from our travelers

Your post-tour comments on our evaluation form help us ensure that we offer the best possible tour experience and service, in the field and from our office.

“This tour was absolutely outstanding! It is a true privilege to be able to learn from guide Dan Lane. He is unfailingly open to any and all questions, and his wonderful sense of humor, as well as level-headed and steady demeanor, make traveling with him a joy.” G.G., IQUITOS, PERU 2017

“An outstanding tour…without a doubt I’d travel with guide Chris Benesh again. A wonderful group of fellow birders—enjoyed meeting all of them and forming what we hope to be lasting friendships. I can always count on the Field Guides office staff and the tour manager for top-rate service.” D.B., SLICE OF CALIFORNIA 2017

“I wanted to see Machu Picchu and go birding in Peru. I searched the internet and found Field Guides. Lucky for me. Other members of my tour group were repeat clients to Field Guides…a good sign that the tours are a value to birders. The tour was fabulous. It exceeded my expectations. Jesse Fagan is an outstanding leader, and he made every single event memorable. Not only that, he is personable and engaging with all members of the group, the driver, and the local guide. He has an instant rapport with the service representatives at the hotels and venues that are used. He is truly an asset to Field Guides.” K.S., MACHU PICCHU & ABRA MALAGA, PERU 2017

Private tours: plan your own

Want to organize your own tour with a group of special birding friends and one of our staff guides? We regularly put together private departures for groups of 6 or more (recent examples include Panama, Guyana, Colombia, and Namibia/Botswana), and they are invariably a big hit. Here’s an example of an illustrated triplist from one such recent tour, a wonderful Thailand survey with guides Dave Stejskal and John Rowlett. You can start planning your group’s next great birding trip — just contact our office.

Tour openings: January into May

Brazil with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

Our December tours are fully booked (we’re looking forward to traveling with you!), so we turn our attention to spaces available in early 2018—it’s hard to believe the New Year is just a few weeks away! One of our favorite itineraries to three of Brazil’s premier birding venues is Brazil Nutshell: Intervales, Iguazu Falls & the Pantanal. Simply put, it’s a fantastic introduction to the birds of Brazil (that’s a fabulous Jabiru above), and we stay several nights at each of these birdy sites to ensure an unhurried pace as we rack up some 400 species. Marcelo Padua (the “Manakin” in our parlance) and Marcelo Barreiros (we are still working on a bird name—perhaps you’ll have an idea!) are teaming up March 3-17, 2018 to lead this unforgettable adventure through their home country. If you’d like to hold a space, contact our office.

Recently posted 2018 itineraries

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

Alaska with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

ALASKA I (in two parts) • May/June
Chris Benesh & Doug Gochfeld

Alaska with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

ALASKA II (in two parts) • June
Tom Johnson & Cory Gregory

Peru with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

CENTRAL PERU ENDEMICS • May/June
Dan Lane

Iceland with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

ICELAND • June
Godfried Schreur

France with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

FRANCE’S LOIRE VALLEY • June
Megan Edwards Crewe & Marcelo Padua

Brazil with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

BRAZIL’S REMOTE RIO TAPAJOS • Aug
Bret Whitney

Cape May with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

CAPE MAY MEGAN’S WAY • Sep
Megan Edwards Crewe

France with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

FRANCE: CAMARGUE/PYRENEES • Sep
Megan Edwards Crewe

Namibia & Botswana with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

NAMIBIA & BOTSWANA II • Oct/Nov
Joe Grosel

South Africa with FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

SOUTH AFRICA • Oct
Terry Stevenson & Joe Grosel

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