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I am an avid birdwatcher living in Maracaibo, Venezuela. Zulia is almost unknown for the majority of birdwatchers around the wolrd and it offered good birds to look for. Particularly I have a keen interest in Perija area. I am eager to join or help people to come here but I am available just in the weekends.
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Ivan worked with me and my team on the birds of Sierra de Lema, Gran Sabana and Rio Grande, Venezuela,in January 2012. Our 6 week long expedition in Venezuela was part of the on-going project for the forthcoming Photographic Handbook of the Birds of the World.
Ivan worked for us a local bird-expert/spotter. His work was extremely good, he was well performed during the week, in all aspects(¡¡¡), and most important his company was the best- and it was not taking long to get very close friends. It was a pity to have Ivan for just one week on the expedition. He was simply one of our best birders to work with over the years.
Hadoram Shirihai (Photographic Handbook of the Birds of the world.). Venezuela January 2012.
Ivan Tepedino is passionate, about birds, conservation and making a difference in his personal approach to life and the world around him. Some guides want you to see the bird more than you do yourself, and Ivan is truly one of those. If your travels take you to the southeastern corner of Venezuela, one of the most legendary birding spots in the Neotropics, then Ivan will make a fine host.
Guy Kirwan. (Editor Cotinga Magazine). Venezuela January 2012.
Ivan Tepedino guided me for a couple of days in El Pauji and the amazing Sierra de Lema. I recommend Ivan as a knowlegeable, enthusiastic and very pleasant guide that know where to find all the endemics and specialities in the area of Sierra de Lema, Mt Roraima and El Pauji. During my days in the area we spotted almost all the tepui endemics, unforgettable! Martin Berg, Stockholm Sweden martin.berg20(AT)gmail.com
February 2013, I just completed 8 days of birdwatching with Ivan and must say he is one of the hardest working guides; I ever experienced birding around the world.
He managed to show our small group 20 endemics for the region, 20 Antbirds, 22 Hummingbirds and 12 different Manakins to name a few. Plus Bellbirds, Cock of the Rock and Harpy and Crested Eagles, not to mention the rarely seen Tepui Tinamou. If you enjoy forest birding Ivan is your guide in south eastern Venezuela.
Knud Rasmussen, Birdingpal
Tabay Humboldt-Trail, Merida
Joe Klaiber was born in Germany where he became a joiner. With this qualification he left to the Canadian outdoors. After he moved to South America he started to work as a tour guide for German operators and tourists all over in Venezuela.
Since 1995 Joe also works with photographers, botanists and ornithologists from different countries as well as with well known birders as The German Institute for Bird Research the WWF, etc.
Today he has his own bird lodge in the Andes. Since 1998 he collects bird songs and works on a publication for bird songs of Venezuela.
We had a fantastic time and really appreciated the way the trip was put together. Our guide was fantastic with loads of expertise and a relaxed style. We got to see far more of the wildlife, wilderness and culture of Venezuela than if we had travelled on our own. His birdwatching skills are excellent! The posadas were all of a really high standard. This was particularly important as we had usually been out all day and needed somewhere comfortable to relax in the evenings. Roddy and I ended up seeing 426 species of bird in Venezuela, with just over 160 of those being lifers. Our guide was fantastic and my special thanks go to him for his help in identifying some of the birds for me and for driving us to areas we would not have seen otherwise. Overall we really enjoyed our tour and our whole experience in Venezuela. Best wishes Karen Yuill & Roddy Mavor.
February 2013, I met Joe Klaiber a long time Birdingpal during my visit to Venezuela. Joe is a very experience birder not only in South America, but he also participates in the yearly seabird count in the North Sea of the coast of Germany and Denmark. Being the proprietor of two lodges in the western part of the country also insure your trip will be successful.
Knud Rasmussen, Birdingpal.