September 2018 emailing
September 20th, 2018 by Field Guides· Add a Comment
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!
2020: Additional New & Returning Tours
- Birding Plus South Africa
- Birding Plus Mexico
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!
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.
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.
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!
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? 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
- Holiday at San Isidro, Ecuador, Nov 17-26 with Mitch Lysinger
- Holiday Mexico: Yucatan & Cozumel, Nov 17-26 with Chris Benesh
- Holiday Costa Rica: Rancho Naturalista I, Dec 21-29 with Cory Gregory
- Holiday in Honduras, Dec 21-29 with Jesse Fagan
- Trinidad & Tobago II, Dec 28-Jan 6 with Doug Gochfeld
- Panama’s Canopy Lodge, Dec 29-Jan 5 with Chris Benesh
- Holiday Costa Rica: Rancho Naturalista II, Dec 29-Jan 6 with Megan Edwards Crewe
- Holiday at Ecuador’s Wildsumaco Lodge, Dec 29-Jan 8 with Willy Perez
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
A 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.
Click 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.)
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, 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
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!
- South Africa, Oct 4-26 with Terry Stevenson & Joe Grosel (1 space)
- New Guinea & Australia, Oct 11-29 with Jay VanderGaast (4 spaces)
- Southeast Brazil (Part One): North of the Tropic, Oct 19-Nov 4 with Bret Whitney & Marcelo Barreiros (1 space)
- Louisiana: Yellow Rails & Crawfish Tails II, Oct 25-29 with Dan Lane & Eric Hynes (spaces open)
- Madagascar, Nov 3-26 with Phil Gregory (2 spaces)
- Colombia: The Llanos & More, Nov 11-21 with Jesse Fagan (4 spaces)
- New Zealand, Nov 11-29 with Dan Lane & local guide (1 space)
- Chile, Nov 11-Dec 1 with Willy Perez & local guide (2 spaces)
- Holiday at San Isidro, Ecuador, Nov 17-26 with Mitch Lysinger (4 spaces)
- Holiday Mexico: Yucatan & Cozumel, Nov 17-26 with Chris Benesh (spaces open)
- Vietnam, Nov 24-Dec 14 with Dave Stejskal & Doug Gochfeld (1 space)
- Holiday Costa Rica: Rancho Naturalista I, Dec 21-29 with Cory Gregory (3 spaces)
- Holiday in Honduras, Dec 21-29 with Jesse Fagan (3 spaces)
- Trinidad & Tobago II, Dec 28-Jan 6 with Doug Gochfeld (2 spaces)
- Panama’s Canopy Lodge, Dec 29-Jan 5 with Chris Benesh (3 spaces)
- Holiday Costa Rica: Rancho Naturalista II, Dec 29-Jan 6 with Megan Edwards Crewe (1 space)
- Holiday at Ecuador’s Wildsumaco Lodge, Dec 29-Jan 8 with Willy Perez (3 spaces)
- Costa Rica: Birding the Edges (Part I), Jan 5-14 with Tom Johnson (spaces open)
- South Texas Rarities, Jan 12-18 with Chris Benesh (spaces open)
- Guyana I, Jan 12-23 with Dave Stejskal (1 space)
- Costa Rica: Birding the Edges (Part II), Jan 13-22 with Tom Johnson (spaces open)
- New Mexico: Birding the Land of Enchantment, Jan 26-Feb 1 with Doug Gochfeld & Cory Gregory (spaces open)
- Guyana II, Jan 26-Feb 6 with Megan Edwards Crewe (2 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!