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7 days 6 nights fixed dates Bird Watching
the eastern-most unexplored birding region of Panama
on low budget with a local Birding Pal Guide

November11 - 17 2016
December24 - 30 2016
January06 - 12 2017
February02 - 15 2017
March 16 - 29 2017
April07 - 13 2017
May05 - 11 2017

Birding Pal guide Gonzalo Horna biography

Dedicated to promote guided bird watching low budget tours with groups and individuals within the country of Panama offering birding itinerary and daily walks to tropical rainforest and freshwater Canal birds.

We specialize in the birding area of Central Panama including Pipeline Road, Metropolitan Nature Park, Panama Viejo y Costa del Este mudflats, Ammo Dump, Old Gamboa Road, Plantation Road, Achiote Road, San Lorenzo National Park.

Visiting also the foothills and highlands east and west of Central Panama like Cerro Azul, Burgayar, Bayano, Altos del Maria, El Valle and to the western most like El Cope, El Chiru and Bayano lake and set of trails to the east. 

Birding the Islands of the Caribbean

Tour 1: In Search of The Amazonas

Islands visited: St.Lucia, Dominica, St. Vincent and Trinidad

Tour Dates:

September 29th - October 8th 2017
September 28th - October 7th 2018

Tour 2:
Lesser is More in The Antilles

Islands visited: Barbados, St.Lucia, Martinique, Dominica, St.Vincent, Grenada and Trinidad

Tour Dates:

March 16th - March 27th 2017
February 22nd - March 5th 2018

What could possibly be better than birding on one Caribbean island? Being able to travel to many different Caribbean islands and go birding on all of them!!

My name is Ryan Chenery and I am the Professional BirdingPal Guide for Barbados. In 2017 I will be leading the following 2 Caribbean birding tours of the islands of the Lesser Antilles and Trinidad. Please see my website for detailed itinerary and pricing, and please note that by virtue of your being a BirdingPal you will be entitled to a10% discount off of the price quoted on my website.

What could possibly be better than birding on one Caribbean island? Being able to travel to many different Caribbean islands and go birding on all of them!!

When you add a large number of critically endangered endemics to a lengthy list of indigenous regional species, a birding trip to the islands of the Lesser Antilles is already guaranteed to yield a host of spectacular species. However, by combining our exploration of these Caribbean Islands with a journey to Trinidad (an island absolutely teeming with over 250 South American species) and by ensuring we are in the region when bird numbers are further saturated by numerous over-wintering North American migrants and this promises to be a very rewarding birding trip indeed. It’s the perfect North American, Caribbean and South American birding combo! (Potential for 380 species on Tour 1, and 400+ species on Tour 2).

Join me as we explore secluded cays sheltering huge colonies of seabirds; delve into lush tropical montane and elfin forests - havens for raucous parrots, colourful tanagers, and vibrant hummingbirds; and journey into vast mangrove wetlands and open savannahs, whose intricate ecosystems support some of the richest and most threatened bird life in the Western Hemisphere. Do all of this in the knowledge that during "down time" you will also be able to sit back and relax on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, or go for a swim in warm turquoise waters, bathed in tropical sunshine.

A truly unforgettable birding adventure in paradise awaits...


The 2nd of each December, February, March and April

TOUR ITINERARY: Douala - Kribi - Campo Ma'an - Buea - Kumba - Korup-Nyassoso - Bamenda - Limbe - Douala.

I had discovered early in my career that it is more fulfilling to visitors if knowledge of birds was complemented with information on other forms of wildlife and even culture of the people.

I have also made it a point of duty to understand the state of tourism support facilities like hotels, restaurants, etc; in the areas I am likely to take Pals to.

I trained as a nature interpreter in the Limbe Botanic Garden in the year 2000, as a professional guide on Mount Cameroon by the Mount Cameroon Ecoturism Organization in the year 2000 and 2003 in the university of Buea, as a professional birding guide around the Mount Cameroon region and beyond sponsored by the World Tourism Organization, Cameroon Biodiversity Conservation Society and other organizations in the year 2006 and am recognized by the Ministry of Tourism as a Regional guide in 2006.
- Benjamin Jayin Jomi ("Benji")

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Join Pals on a Group Tour to the Himalayas!

Birding Pal Tours Guide
With Professional Guide Sunil Kumar

Tour-1 November 28th to December 7th 2016
Tour-2 March 6th. to March 15th 2017
Birding Pal Tours India

I used Sunil Kumar as a birdguide in northern India between January 2016.

I was very pleased with Sunil. He is a good guide with sharp eyes. He is on time every day. I trust Sunil 100%.

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My friend and I will be in the Baltimore area from Aug. 1st until the 13th and we'd love to go birding in the early mornings.
We both are long time birders in the Florida Quays but have not been to your area yet.
Water fowl is what we're use to, so we're excited to be traveling to Maryland.

We both can walk a fair bit on a level hike, five hours or so. Do you like to go early?
The hotspots in your area sound great. We'd like to see the Park most but they all sound terrific.
And we were wondering if you had recordings to play.

If your interested in guiding us we'd look forward to meeting you. We can contribute to gas and take you to lunch.

Thank you for being a Pal,
Vince (& Knud)
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We have had several great birding days over the years in New Jersey USA with our GREAT BirdingPals: P. in Cape May and B. in Northern New Jersey, both of whom have become firm friends.

Now, we are awaiting our first-time visitor, Dennis, to help him in our own area. Can't wait!

What a wonderful system this is. Well done Knud

Hosting a Pal:

Great - what a great feeling to host a pal having had several birding days with our pal/friends in NJ USA.

Here in the center of England we may not have the hundreds of species that occur in the USA but we can offer some fantastic sights! An example: Our pal Dennis from Florida sent us a wide ranging list of European birds he would like help with. Several were already moving away from us for the winter, quite a few were never going to be seen in the UK but many more were either in our own back garden or at local reserves.

So, Saturday was spent at three different locations in and around the West Midlands - it helped that Sheila and I are members of both the West Midland Bird Club and Worcestershire Wildlife Trust. Not only was dennis able to tick off several from his list but he also was looking for mammals and at our first site of Upton Warren, he spotted two Otters a 'first' for him and also for us at that location.

The following day we took Dennis to Wales, which we insist was a new 'country'. Anyway, the object was to see red Kite and boy did we give him that species in abundance! There were approximately 300 at the Gigrin farm feeding station near Rhayader. Dennis also managed to see 'our' Treecreeper too. Inevitably we 'dipped' on some easy birds such as coal tit and green woodpecker, but Dennis managed several at his hotel later in the week.

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Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy - Director, Land Stewardship

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Just wanted to let you know that we had a fabulous time with Birding Pals and a Birding Pal Professional Guide recently in Belgium, England, and Poland.

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Do you take visiting birders out?

I sure do take birders out each chance I get. Still quit busy at work :). But if I can, I go out with them cause it's so much fun, and I know, from personal experience, there is no field guide or web site or whatever that can replace the personal experience of a birder who knows his region well, and what birds should be there and were.

So, if for whatever reason I can't get out or they are going to a part of the province that is far from Moncton, I always try and give them at least the best information possible and if possible contacts with local people, that I know would be open to birding with them.

Your idea for this site was a stroke of genius and you should know that you have made a lot of people happy with it. Thanks a million.

Good birding.
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Great job, thank you so much dear Vince.
Happy birding to you too!
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--Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming: "WOW--What a Ride!"

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