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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.
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12 nights/ 13 days
January 23th until February 03th, 2019
and then in April form the 9th until the 20th, 2019
Day 1: San José. Capital of Costa Rica. Arrival day at International airport Juan Santamaria.
Day 2: La Selva Biological Station. Nicaraguan Seed-Finch, Purple-throated Fruitcrow. Visit to Cinchona hummingbird Station. Spectacular Emerald toucanet, the endemic Coopery headed Emerald, Magenta-throated Woodstart.
Day 3: La Selva Biological Station. Great-green macaw, Toucans and Tanagers.
Day 4: Arenal Volcano. Rufous and Broad billed motmots, Rufous-winged Woodpecker.
Day 5: Arenal Volcano vicinity, Keel-billed motmot, Turquoise Cotinga, Great Curassow.
Day 6: Abangaritos, North Pacific Dry Forest, Shorebirds, Jabiru, Long-tailed Manakin
Day 7: Abangaritos, North Pacific Dry Forest, White throated Magpie-jay.
Day 8: Carara. Central Pacific. Emblematic Scarlet Macaw, Manakins and Antbirds.
Day 9: Carara. River Boat tour at Tarcoles. Crocodiles, Spoonbills, Kingfishers
Day 10: San Gerardo de Dota. Most beautiful bird in the world Resplendent Quetzal.
Day 11: San Gerardo de Dota. Hummingbird, Warblers and lots of near-endemics
Day 12: Depart to San Jose. Hotel Robledal.
Day 13: Departure day. Fly home.
Birding in the Caribbean - Every Endemic in the Lesser Antilles: April 13th - 28th 2019
Islands visited on this trip: Barbados, Dominica, Saint Lucia, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, Antigua, Barbuda, Saint Vincent, Grenada (with optional extension to Trinidad)
From the magnificent Imperial Parrots dwelling in the montane forests of Dominica and the highly threatened Grenada Dove on the "Spice Isle" of Grenada, to the last population of Whistling Warblers still surviving on the volcanic slopes of St.Vincent's La Soufriere, the Lesser Antilles is home to some of the rarest and most spectacular endemic bird species on the planet. Join Caribbean professional bird guide and Director of Birding the Islands Ltd, Ryan Chenery, on an incredible Caribbean birding adventure through the islands of the Lesser Antilles in search of every endemic, near-endemic and regional indigenous species.
Gaze out across the sparkling Caribbean Sea as you travel between islands by catamaran;
Feel the sand between your toes as you step out of beachside hotels and stroll along miles of white sandy shores;
Endemics seen, indulge in a celebratory cocktail as the sun sets on some of the most stunning coastlines in the world.
This truly is a birding trip with a difference, this is a birding trip through paradise!
Read our trip report for March 2018 Every Endemic in the Lesser Antilles here:
For detailed itinerary and pricing, along with video and slideshows from our trips visit our website at: www.birdingtheislands.com
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Fixed Date Tours (minimum 6 persons)
15-20 April 2018
4-9 November 2018
ENDEMIC BIRDS IN SOUTHERN AND EASTERN JAMAICA
RAJ Tours Visit our website www.jamaicabirding.com or email us firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
BIRDING SINCE 2005 * FULLY LICENSED OPERATOR * EXPERIENCED LOCAL GUIDES * SMALL GROUPS * TRAILS TO SUIT ALL * MAXIMUM BIRDING TIME * AIR-CONDITIONED BUS
6 Days tour price is based on 2 persons/double room from US$1615
Single room supplement US$250
Read our Itinerary Here
Birding Pals 5th Jan - 20th Jan 2018 Uganda Tour
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) in Mabamba marsh photo by Martina Stolzi
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The tour starts and ends in Entebbe on the shores of Lake Victoria. Upon arrival, you will be picked from the Airport by the hotel shuttle and taken to your hotel for refreshments, dinner, and overnight stay. Early arrivals will give a chance to bird around Entebbe areas; the Botanical Gardens and/or any other nearby site.
The highlights of our visit will be a walk in L. Mburo NP woods, Albertine rift endemics in Bwindi and Kibale NPs, & tracking Mountain Gorillas in the misty forests of Bwindi!
This trip runs from 5th Jan - 20th Jan 2018
Your Guide Deogratius Muhumuza
Deo, a graduate of Tourism from Makerere University Kampala, was born in western Uganda in an area adjacent to Queen Elizabeth National Park - Bunyaruguru crater zone.
Deo is a keen ornithologist, and a very active member of Nature Uganda - East African Natural History Society (a birdlife international partner in Uganda).
He works as a part-time ornithological researcher with Nature Uganda in important bird areas monitoring, bi-annual waterfowl counts, species conservation surveys and common birds monitoring; plus many other conservation organisations. His knowledge of birds and their habitats is undoubtable.
Deo is currently the General Secretary of Uganda Bird Guides Club, member of Uganda Safari Guides Association.
He is the co-author of the Uganda Cultural guides training manual.
He also runs a local nature and cultural safari company that specialize in birding, wildlife and cultural tours in Uganda.
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The 2nd of each December, February, March and April 2018
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")
Itinerary Word Document