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New Year 2019 emailing

January 4th, 2019 by Field Guides

Happy New Year, birding friends! We hope your holidays have been filled with family and friends and some great birding, too! We have six holiday 2018 tours still wrapping up, from Panama, Trinidad, and Arizona to Costa Rica and Ecuador. And in the next few days, of course, it’s time to launch right into 2019 with our more than 150 advertised tours plus our private groups. We have lots to see in all the links below, including recent bird news, our upcoming tours to Iceland and Hungary & Romania, a cool Swainson’s Hawk video from one of our Colombia tours, a new-tours update, comments from our participants, a fresh December Recent Photos Gallery with 100+ great images from recent trips (our Chile group amidst a swarm of birds along the coast is one teaser from the gallery). Also linked below: a fresh batch of 10 recent triplists and 8 recently posted itineraries for 2019 tours, as well as remaining spaces on our January-April tours. We look forward to seeing you in the field!

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Think summer: Iceland II awaits…

We know…it’s not exactly the best time of year to be pushing a tour to Iceland as most of us are wearing coats and our new Christmas scarves! However, our original 2019 Iceland tour, Jun 14-23, has just seen its last space filled…so on to a second departure!

Anticipating additional demand for this great destination, we have reservations for a second tour ready to pull off the shelf! Demand for services such as hotels and buses is high in the summer months, and we won’t be able to hold those reservations for too much longer, so if Iceland is on your radar now is the time to act. Guide Godfried Schreur will stay over after the first tour to lead this second departure, Jun 23-Jul 2.

Amidst Iceland’s stunning volcanic landscape we’ll search for Black-tailed Godwit, Red-necked Phalarope, Northern Fulmar, Manx Shearwater, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Harlequin Duck, Pink-footed Goose, White-tailed Eagle (as in participant Judith Dunn’s image at right), and many more species in their breeding plumage or even with young. We will visit Latrabjarg, a huge cliff-nesting seabird colony with the greatest concentration of Razorbills in the world (alongside Atlantic Puffins and Thick-billed and Common murres). And with a bit of luck we should see the largest falcon of the world, the glorious Gyrfalcon. Here’s your opportunity to join us in magical Iceland this summer — contact our office to hold space.


Recent bird news of note

Three recent pieces caught our eye:

  • First up, an article in Audubon magazine about one of Africa’s iconic birds, the Shoebill, and the efforts to help conserve the species via cooperation between local fishing communities and a conservation non-profit.
  • Second, a post on the All About Birds site about the continuing development and evolution of detailed, animated eBird maps revealing not only range but also abundance and population trends.
  • Last, if you’re as jazzed about birds-of-paradise as we are, check out this piece in the Cornell Chronicle about what drives the males’ amazing displays and dances. There are some cool pics and video clips to enjoy along with the text.

Hungary & Romania: Apr 27-May 13

If you want a great excuse for some of finest spring birding in the whole of Europe, guide Terry Stevenson (r.) has a suggestion: his upcoming Apr 27-May 13 Hungary & Romania tour with co-leader and local expert Lajos Nemeth-Boka. From the Danube Delta to the Carpathian Mountains, Dracula’s Castle, and Transylvania, it should be another great Field Guides trip to the region, with lots of waterfowl and waders, Wallcreeper, Western Capercaillie, European Roller, Imperial Eagle, Saker Falcon, Great Bustard, and many more to be sought along the way. And there will be some rich cultural stops as well, plus an option to add day-tours to Budapest and Bucharest if you wish. Read more about this tour in an illustrated post just up on our news page. There is still some space available.


Video: Swainson’s Hawks on the move

Jesse Fagan and his recent tour group completed a fun run of our Colombia: Cali Escape tour itinerary. A highlight along the way was watching a movement of 8000+ Swainson’s Hawks over the high Andes. Click on the image at right for a short peek at the phenomenon in a video clip by Jesse and an image by participant Chris S. Wood for a sense of this wonderful experience!


New tours update: 2019-2020

We have numerous new and returning itineraries on our 2019-2020 schedule, and here’s a quick update. Our new tours typically fill very quickly once announced, but we do have a few spaces on the following three for 2019: Idaho: Snake River to Sawtooths in May with Eric Hynes & Mitch Lysinger; Brazil: Roraima Adventure in October with Micah Riegner & Tom Johnson; and New Zealand’s Subantarctic Islands cruise in November with Doug Gochfeld. Our 2020 Succinct Suriname, Taiwan, Central Mexico & Baja: Birds, Butterflies & Whales (*), Southern Africa Spectacular, and South Africa: Birds, Wines & Wildflowers are tentatively full but have waitlists available, while 2020’s Michigan: Great Lakes Grandeur and Canadian Rockies: Alberta have one or more spaces. (* Have a peek at guide Micah Riegner’s video clip of the endemic Black-chested Sparrow for one of the neat endemics from the Central Mexico & Baja tour.)


Comments from participants

We read carefully each post-tour evaluation we receive from our participants, so that we may continue to offer the best possible birding experiences and service on Field Guides birding tours. Here are a few representative recent comments. From all of us at Field Guides, our thanks for all your valuable feedback.

“This was an excellent tour experience. This was our first organized birding tour, so we have no way to compare. But if this is the ‘usual’ Field Guides treatment, then you’ve set a very high bar. The combination of Marcelo Padua and lodge owner Andy Foster as guides was dynamite — they complemented one another and definitely enhanced the overall experience.” T.K., Serra dos Tucanos, Brazil 2018 

“I took this tour because of my wonderful experiences on many past Field Guides tours. It was absolutely outstanding! David Stejskal and Tom Johnson are truly outstanding guides, educators, and hosts. Your office service was, as always, outstanding as well.” C.H., Southern Argentina 2018
“A wonderful tour. Megan Crewe is an excellent leader. Her tours are well planned and executed. She’s a great birder but, more importantly, a caring guide. Her co-leader, Uditha Hettige, was an amazing naturalist and great guy. They worked very well together.” B.C., Sri Lanka 2018

“Field Guides has never disappointed us, and we had always wanted to visit Australia. With so much unique bird life, koalas, kangaroos, echidnas, the platypus, Tasmanian Devil, Spotted Quoll, Flying Foxes, and the lure of Australia we wanted to see it all, and we did, including Tasmania. It was an exceptional experience. John Coons has been to Australia so many times, and with his friendly personality, gift of gab, memory of people’s names, the right places to go, and knowledge of local birders who are current with their bird finds, it makes the trip very special. John Coons and Cory Gregory were exceptional guides and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.” J.R., Australia 2018

“Absolutely wonderful. I loved this tour. Bret Whitney and Marcelo Barreiros were outstanding guides, and the birds and experiences were really good. Your office staff does an outstanding job. Field Guides manages to provide excellent tours on a regular basis.” L.R., Spectacular Southeast Brazil 2018


Triplists from 10 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 December Recent Photos gallery for other great images.)

NEW GUINEA & AUSTRALIA
with Jay VanderGaast

BOLIVIA’S AVIAN RICHES
with Dan Lane & Micah Riegner

COLOMBIA: THE LLANOS & MORE
with Jesse Fagan

COLOMBIA: CALI ESCAPE
with Jesse Fagan

RIO NEGRO PARADISE: MANAUS, BRAZIL I
with Bret Whitney & Marcelo Barreiros

RIO NEGRO PARADISE: MANAUS, BRAZIL II
with Bret Whitney & Marcelo Barreiros

SOUTH AFRICA
with Terry Stevenson & Joe Grosel

NORTHWESTERN ARGENTINA
with Willy Perez

LOUISIANA: YELLOW RAILS & CRAWFISH TAILS I
with Dan Lane & Eric Hynes

AUSTRALIA: PART TWO
with John Coons & Cory Gregory


Private tours for your group or organization

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 private-group Panama participant noted: “Wewere 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: January through April

Our tours from January through April listed below have, for the most part, just one or two spaces still open, so this is a good time to make your plans for an early-2019 birding adventure. Included below are two spaces on our Brazil Nutshell tour, Mar 9-23 with guide Marcelo Padua—it’s a wonderful three-site introduction to the very diverse and endemic-rich birding of Brazil’s Atlantic Forest and Pantanal biomes…not to mention some spectacular landscapes (including Iguazu Falls) and great food, all with Marcelo, who is himself based in Brazil. Contact our office to join this tour or to request any of the open spaces below.


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!

ICELAND
Jun • Godfried Schreur

PERU’S MAGNETIC NORTH
Jun • Dan Lane & Dave Stejskal

RIO NEGRO PARADISE: MANAUS, BRAZIL I
Sep • Bret Whitney & Marcelo Barreiros

RIO NEGRO PARADISE: MANAUS, BRAZIL II
Sep • Marcelo Barreiros & Dave Stejskal

IDAHO: SNAKE RIVER TO SAWTOOTHS
May • Eric Hynes & Mitch Lysinger

SAFARI BRAZIL: THE PANTANAL & MORE
Sep/Oct • Marcelo Padua & Dan Lane

FRANCE: CAMARGUE & PYRENEES
Sep • Jay VanderGaast & Willy Perez

MOUNTAINS OF MANU, PERU
Aug • Dan Lane


Spring birding in Hungary & Romania with Terry and Lajos, Apr 27-May 13

December 31st, 2018 by Field Guides

Some of finest spring birding in the whole of Europe is in Hungary and Romania, where guide Terry Stevenson and local expert Lajos Nemeth-Boka have co-led full and successful Field Guides tours for the past four years. If you’re calendar is free for our Apr 27-May 13 departure, this would make an ideal birding break at peak birding time.

Landscape at Cheile Dobrodgei in Romania by participant David Woods

One highlight of our itinerary is a three-night stay on a comfortable boat in the Danube Delta. Each cabin has a private bathroom, large windows in the dining room allow for great birding while we enjoy delicious meals, and a roof viewing terrace works perfectly for scanning over the reedtops. We’ll be towing a shallow-hulled smaller boat which will give us access to the narrower channels and lagoons where larger vessels cannot go. In previous years, many participants have said this is the perfect way to start the tour, as we enjoy up to 15 species of waterfowl including Garganey, Red-crested Pochard, and Ferruginous Duck. Displaying Red-necked and Great Crested grebes are common, while flights of Pygmy Cormorants and Great White and Dalmatian pelicans frequently pass overhead. The reedbeds are home to Purple and Squacco herons, Eurasian Penduline-Tit, Bearded Reedling, and Savi’s Warbler, while the shores provide feeding grounds for Eurasian Spoonbill, and a large variety of migrant shorebirds, which may include Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff, and Spotted Redshank in breeding plumage. Eurasian Marsh-Harrier or White-tailed Eagle could pass over at any time, sending hundreds of startled birds into a swirling mass of zig-zagging flying shapes.

European Scops-Owl by participant Jean Perata

Other tour highlights include the Carpathian Mountains, where we’ll search for Western Capercaillie, Eurasian Pygmy-Owl, Eurasian Jay, Eurasian Nutcracker, Goldcrest, Firecrest,  Ring Ousel, White-throated Dipper, and the unique Wallcreeper! In the gorgeous countryside of Transylvania (where many people still practice traditional strip farming), it’s like stepping back in time one hundred years. With the forests, grasslands, and traditional hedgerows still intact, it’s wonderful to bird this mosaic landscape where seven species of woodpeckers occur, as well as Woodlark, Eurasian Nuthatch, Common Nightingale, Collared Flycatcher, Yellowhammer, and Hawfinch. Three of Europe’s most colorful birds — Eurasian Hoopoe, European Bee-eater and European Roller — are still common, and migrants include a variety of flycatchers, wheatears, warblers, shrikes, and buntings, which differ in number and species from year to year but always make for exciting birding. Finally, we’ll visit the famous ‘puszta’ grasslands, home to Imperial Eagle, Red-footed and Saker falcons, and breeding grounds of the magnificent Great Bustard. 

Our home on the Danube Delta by participant Jan Shaw

History and Culture: For those with an interest in historical and cultural sights, included in the main tour are short visits to the city of Brasov, Dracula’s Castle, a Transylvanian village (for the Szekler Gates), Viscri (for a Fortified Church), and the medieval city of Sighisoara. Additionally, you may wish to add a few extra days to the tour and join our optional city tours in both Bucharest and/or Budapest.

If it sounds like fun — and it will be, with Terry and Lajos — contact our office to hold a space or two. There are still a few openings available for this tour departing in late April.


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!

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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.

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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!

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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.


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