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07 Nov New Rare Bird Alert for San Diego Region []
27 Jun RFI: "China Birding Tour" company ["Chuck Almdale" ]
23 Jun RFI on local birding tour companies in Costa Rica [peter barnes ]
24 Mar INVITE: THE 6th GREAT HIMALAYAN BIRD COUNT-UTTARAKHAND, INDIA ["Prateek" ]
30 Jun RFI: Deo Muhumuza Guide Uganda ["barrylevine57" ]
30 Jun Hortobagy, Hungary - Zsolt Végvári - five stars ["Rick" ]
04 Jun Late Summer - Fall SoCal Pelagic Trips: A Sneak Peek ["thunefeld" ]
12 May INVITE: The 5th Great Himalayan Bird Count, Winter of 2012 in Garhwal Himalayas, ["Prateek" ]
16 Apr Ecotrail Indica – Kumar Ghorpade - India - 3 stars ["Kumar" ]
11 Apr RFI: Hypocolius in Western India ["Chuck Almdale" ]
31 Oct Seattle/Washington area Bird Guide ["lilyengles" ]
22 Sep SEARCHER NATURAL HISTORY TOURS: White-chinned Petrel, 12 tropicbirds ["thunefeld" ]
03 Sep SOCAL Tropicbirds, Laysan Albie, Cook’s & Dark-rumped Petrels ["thunefeld" ]
01 Aug Birding Misiones in Argentina ["susanbb35" ]
24 Jul Wildside Nature Tours ["krbaum13" ]
24 Jul Birding guides in Colombia ["romneybathurst" ]
10 Jul The Ultimate Live-Aboard Seabirding Pelagic Trip ["thunefeld" ]
02 Jul Summer San Diego Pelagic Trips ["thunefeld" ]
12 Jun Sneak Peek into Condor Express, Searcher and Grande ["thunefeld" ]
09 Jun SEARCHER PELAGIC SEABIRDING TRIPS ["thunefeld" ]
17 Apr Re: Sunrise Birding Tours ["D" ]
17 Apr Re: Sunrise Birding Tours ["D" ]
17 Apr Re: Sunrise Birding Tours ["D" ]
15 Apr Re: Sunrise Birding Tours []
21 Mar Sunrise Birding Tours ["Tom" ]
21 Mar Kolibri Expeditions, Peru, day trip and pelagic ["Tim" ]
21 Mar Ranch Naturalista, Costa Rica ["Tim" ]
10 Jan St. Croix, US Virgin Islands info ["marypatbird" ]
12 Oct Birding in Ireland with Eric Dempsey ["prentkiak" ]
10 Oct Top Colombia guide: Luis Uruena ["romneybathurst" ]
03 Oct Krabi, Thailand - Mr. Dai ["JEFF" ]
03 Jun Big Blue Ranch - Nebraska - Prairie Chickens - 5 stars ["rrfreed1" ]
13 Jan Manu Tours, Tony WIlson, New Zealand, 5 stars ["krbaum13" ]
13 Jan Manu Tours, Tony Wilson, New Zealand, 5 stars ["krbaum13" ]
25 Sep Jamaica ["paul522460" ]
28 Jul Los Angeles Audubon Society Deep Water Pelagic Trips ["Terry Hunefeld" ]
05 May SE Arizona with Wings [Tom Thomas ]
26 Apr The Great Ornifolks Colorado Chicken Hunt with Mike Flieg ["Terry Hunefeld" ]
26 Apr April Lek-A-Day Colorado with Mike Flieg. Tight van & schedule. Good bargain. ["gradydiane AT bellsouth.net" ]
07 Apr Peru and Kolibri Expeditions ["manisteepanama" ]
10 Mar Re:Quick tours Miami ["Donald Lewis" ]
09 Mar Quick tours Miami ["manisteepanama" ]
06 Mar re: New Zealand birding []
06 Mar New Zealand birding ["Karen Rosenbaum" ]
30 Jan Tenerife ["paul522460" ]
24 Jan Costa Rica guide recommendation ["ljhugs" ]
31 Oct FONT (Focus on Nature) tours? ["Karen Rosenbaum" ]
22 Aug Ocho Rios -Jamaica ["paul522460" ]
11 Aug Caligo Ventures Trinidad and Tobago ["wendydreskin" ]
04 Aug Sonir Bekir ["paul522460" ]
11 Feb Birding guide for Yellow Rail? [justlookitup ]
31 Jan Tipping birding guides? [feather4851 ]
31 Jan Tropical Birding, northwest Ecuador, five stars [leona6308 ]
30 Jan New Zealand birding [justlookitup ]
05 Feb Ricardo Matus, Punta Arenas, 5 Stars ["Peter Ginsburg" ]

Subject: New Rare Bird Alert for San Diego Region
From: <thunefeld AT gmail.com>
Date: 07 Nov 2013 07:04:00 -0800
Hi
 

 The San Diego Field Ornithologists (SDFO) has started a Rare Bird Alert and 
birding discussion group for San Diego County. The top birders in San Diego and 
California (Paul Lehman, Guy McCaskie, Gary Nunn, Stan Walens, Trent Stanley, 
Mark and Camille Stratton, Barbara Carlson, Paula Theobald, Eric Kallen, Jan 
Nordenberg, Marcie Mason, Steve Brad, Gary Grantham, Justyn Stahl, Jimmy 
McMorran, Christine Harvey, Tom Blackman, Mark Stratton, Oscar Johnson, Jon 
Feenstra, Todd McGrath, Kathy Dickey, Frank Wong, etc etc) have all joined it 
because of all the strife and politics of SDBirds. It started just 4 days ago 
and already has more than 250 members. 

 

 Visit this new resource at: 
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SanDiegoRegionBirding 


 

 The new SDFO RBA listserv was created because San Diego needed a completely 
open-access, non-members can view the information, members are free to post to 
eBird or the SDFO listserv or both... without fear of being banned. Moderators 
are expert birders and members of the SDFO and will be virtually invisible. 
Posts will be moderated fairly without editorializing. Information is being 
made available to everyone who visits the site and all organizations so that 
the ABA and http://digest.sialia.com/ will be able to publish what’s 
happening in San Diego without restriction. 

 

 The SDFO Board of Directors has tried to work with the new owners of SDBirds 
to consolidate both listservs into one RBA, serving the entire community under 
the auspices of the SDFO, but the new owners will not schedule a face to face 
meeting despite repeated outreach by various members of the SDFO's Board. 

 

 Please help spread the word by forwarding this to anyone you know interested 
in birding in San Diego. 

 

 And please join us as our guest at the next meeting of the SDFO. Learn more 
about the SDFO and our birding meetings at: 
http://sandiegofieldornithologists.org/ 

 

 See you in the field  :-)
 

 Terry Hunefeld
 Borrego Springs CA
Subject: RFI: "China Birding Tour" company
From: "Chuck Almdale" <misclists AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2013 20:59:16 -0000
Birders:
This company appears to be located in China and does birding tours to many 
parts of China. 

www.chinabirdingtour.com

I found them on the web when I googled 'Przewalski's Rosefinch' and saw that 
they have at least one tour with this species on the list. 


Anyone know anything about them?

yours,
Chuck Almdale



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Subject: RFI on local birding tour companies in Costa Rica
From: peter barnes <pbarnes123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Jun 2013 13:31:22 -0500
I am interested in going to Costa Rica in early 2014. I have found two
local companies that do tours, Cotinga Tours and Tropical Feathers. Does
anyone have any experience or know anything about the reliability and
quality of these companies. Thanks for any input.

Peter Barnes
Tyler, Texas


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Subject: INVITE: THE 6th GREAT HIMALAYAN BIRD COUNT-UTTARAKHAND, INDIA
From: "Prateek" <arch.himalayas AT yahoo.co.in>
Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2013 03:39:12 -0000


Hello Birdwatchers & Bird Photographers

This is your chance to insure participation for a unique Himalayan birding & 
trekking experience. 


Greetings from Indian Himalayas (Uttarakhand- the land of Gods)
We welcome you and your friends for our citizen science bird conservation 
initiative 6th GREAT HIMALAYAN BIRD COUNT - Oct 2013 


Please call or write if interested for participation form and event details:

The 6th GREAT HIMALAYAN BIRD COUNT 
(18th to 21st Oct 2013) Garhwal Himalayas

Once again bringing you the good news of our non-commercial pioneering bird 
conservation initiative now in its sixth year, creating yet another wonderful 
opportunity for you all to contribute by your participation in this, a truly 
international bird conservation & base-line data generation activity in 
Uttarakhand Himalayas. Please go through the details in the link provided and 
respond ASAP. The Participation is purely on first come first serve basis, so 
please hurry to avoid disappointment later. 


Kindly request for your Participation Form at:

Email:  arch.birdcount AT gmail.com 
Or call anytime for info at +91-9412054216

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

Arrival at Dehradun: 18th of October 2013 latest by 08.30 hrs 

 	(for the Orientation Seminar)
Actual Count Days:  			19th & 20th October 2013
Debriefing & Concluding
Workshop at Dehradun: 	          Starting at 1430 hrs on the 21st of Oct 13
End of all our responsibilities:	At 1900 hrs on the 21st of  October 2012


We strictly adhere to first come first serve basis for participation 

Extra Stay arrangements possible for overseas participants at nominal cost

We welcome you & your birding friends for this amazing Himalayan birding and 
trekking experience. 


Special extra stay and logistics arrangements (in Uttarakhand & rest of North 
India) can be made for our overseas birders on request. 


Beat Regards

Prateek Panwar
Founder Trustee ARCH
Uttarakhand State Coordinator, IBCN-BNHS
Tel#: +91-9412054216

http://www.facebook.com/events/188319561285112




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Subject: RFI: Deo Muhumuza Guide Uganda
From: "barrylevine57" <levineb AT fastmail.fm>
Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2012 22:07:29 -0000
Birding guiders,
Anyone have any experience with Deo in Uganda? A group is looking at him as a 
possible guide, but we can't find any information in any field trips about him. 
Any information would be highly valued. 

Thanks.

Barry Levine 
Seattle
levineb AT fastmail.fm



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Subject: Hortobagy, Hungary - Zsolt Végvári - five stars
From: "Rick" <birdaz AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2012 19:51:24 -0000
As most of you know, vast portions of Hungary's Hortobagy National Park are off 
limits to visiting birders unless they are accompanied by a guide with the 
requisite permits. As a practical matter, this means that it is essentially 
impossible to see Great Bustards unless you book an escort at the Visitor 
Center in Hortobagy Village. 


We were fortunate enough to be assigned Zsolt Végvári, and the morning we spent 
with him was absolutely first-rate. Zsolt showed us a male Great Bustard right 
away, loafing in a rapeseed field, then drove us around to some of his other 
favorite spots. He knows his birds well, and without him I would not have been 
at all certain in the identification of the Moustached Warblers we heard (and, 
as expected in late May, did not see). His English is very good, and we had no 
communication problems whatsoever. 


The morning cost 20,000 HFT, or about US $80, and was worth much more. Highly 
recommended if you're lucky enough to be visiting northeast Hungary. 


Rick Wright / Alison Beringer
Bloomfield, NJ  USA
birdaz AT gmail.com



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Subject: Late Summer - Fall SoCal Pelagic Trips: A Sneak Peek
From: "thunefeld" <thunefeld AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 04 Jun 2012 18:10:22 -0000
Greetings,

Summer is just beginning, but California pelagic trips for the early fall 
migration are now taking reservations. Four classic SoCal trips are coming up; 
all have diverse itineraries; all have sold out in past years; all have seen 
phenomenal birds. 


If you've been wondering what it's like on a pelagic trip from SoCal, you can 
get a "sneak peek" inside and onboard our three primary vessels: SEARCHER, 
GRANDE, and CONDOR EXPRESS. http://tinyurl.com/pelagics-sneak-peek 


Come on out and ride along with us in real life. It's loads of fun and we never 
know for-sure what to expect out there. Every trip begins as a blank canvas. By 
the time we return to the harbor, a rich tapestry of unique sights, sounds and 
experiences has been woven - and it's always a surprise. 


Summer and fall are exciting months for pelagic birding in Southern California 
with the arrival of various species like tropicbirds and storm-petrels and the 
late-summer and fall migration of tubenoses and pterodromas. 


Starting in July there will be at least one trip a month from San Diego or 
Santa Barbara into the mysterious deep through October. Debi Shearwater's 
awesome trips from central California also kick into gear July - October. 


July 19:  CONDOR EXPRESS.  Santa Barbara.
Past sightings: Tristram's Storm Petrel, 136 Cook's Petrels in 2009, Red-billed 
Tropicbird 

http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/santabarbarajuly21.html

August 13-15:  GRANDE.  San Diego.  56-hours.  
Past sightings: Tropicbirds, Cook's Petrels, Long-tailed Jaegers, Sabine's 
Gulls, Arctic Terns, Murrelets. 

http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/sandiegoaug201256hr.html

September 3-7:  SEARCHER.  San Diego.  4 days.
The most luxurious pelagic birding live-aboard in the world.  
2011: White-chinned Petrel. 2010: Cook's Petrel, Wilson's Storm-Petrel, 
Flesh-footed Shearwater. 2009: Craveri's Murrelet, Brown Booby. 

http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/searchersep372012.html

October 13-14.  GRANDE.  San Diego.  48-hours.  
Past sightings: Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel, Flesh-footed Shearwater, Brown 
Booby, Wilson's Storm-Petrel, Craveri's Murrelet. 

http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/sandiegooct131548hr.html

The entire SoCal pelagic birding trip schedule with details, trip reports, and 
video montages can be found at www.socalbirding.com. Debi Shearwater's schedule 
is at www.shearwaterjourneys.com/ 


Come on out with us to see what's out there..

Terry Hunefeld, Encinitas
Life is short.  Seabird often. 
In memory of Michelle "Shellie" Matson, Mike San Miguel and Luke Cole.

Southern California Seabirding Trips 
by: Buena Vista Audubon Society
http://www.SoCalBirding.com
Los Coronados Islands & Nine Mile Bank
all the way to the edge of the Continental Shelf





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Subject: INVITE: The 5th Great Himalayan Bird Count, Winter of 2012 in Garhwal Himalayas,
From: "Prateek" <arch.himalayas AT yahoo.co.in>
Date: Sat, 12 May 2012 05:41:52 -0000
INVITE: The 5th Great Himalayan Bird Count, Winter of 2012 in Garhwal 
Himalayas, India 


Dear Birdwatchers & Nature Enthusiasts

Greetings from the Land of Gods once again ! kindly find the participation 
details and the form attached and send it to us at the earliest. 


Once again bringing you the good news of our avian conservation initiative now 
in its fifth year, creating yet another wonderful opportunity for you all to 
contribute by your participation in this, a truly international bird 
conservation activity in Uttarakhand Himalayas. Please go through the details 
and respond ASAP. The Participation is purely on first come first serve basis, 
so please hurry to avoid disappointment later. 


Friends we are Extremely Sorry, for this cross-posting as we are doing this in 
completely good faith and conservation spirit and we also humbly request you to 
also kindly forward it to your birding friends, news publications, 
organizations with similar mandate and universities life sciences dept. HOD's 
for information and awareness. 

Friends, after the great grand success of our previous "GREAT HIMALAYAN BIRD 
COUNTS - from 2008 to 2011" where till date more than 1400 birdwatchers, rural 
students & conservationists participated from across the country including 
overseas, we now gladly announce the dates for our 5th truly international 
conservation initiative focusing our feathered friends and a dedicated program 
with socio-economic as well as environmental objectives! 


"The 5th Great Himalayan Bird Count, Winter of 2012" which is planned on 57 
most popular trekking trails situated in the river-valleys of Tons; Yamuna; 
Pabbar; Kamal Nadi; Aglar; Bhagirithi; Bhilingna; Ganga; Mandakini and 
Alaknanda in Garhwal Himalayas including Asan & Jhilmil Jheel Conservation 
Reserves in Dehradun & Haridwar districts respectively. Landscape covers 
diverse bird-habitats from wetlands to alpine meadows in Uttarakhand Himalayas. 


The proposed dates for the Bird Count are: 27th to 30th of October, 2012

The bird count will start and finish at Dehradun

We propose 21 Groups undertaking 57 different treks of +/- 10 kms each between 
27th and 30th October 2012 (Each Group size will be a maximum of 5/7 birders 
plus 2/3 urban school/college students) plus local village youths, forest-line 
staff and govt. school students from nearby villages might also join the trails 
at the respective count destination itself. 


We are involving & encouraging students' participation; because we at ARCH 
strongly feel that young minds should start thinking of Conservation 
involvement as an academic and career pursuit instead of just another creative 
past-time. 


This event will be organized with the support of Forest Department, Govt. of 
Uttarakhand. 


There will be an Orientation and Debriefing Workshop at Dehradun on the 27th 
and 30th of October 2012 respectively. 


The 27th and 30th are also the dates for to-&-fro journey to/from the 
respective count destinations. 


Most of the groups will be undertaking minimum two trails during the Count but 
one or two groups will be undertaking 3-4 trails in the Count. 


It's a baseline data generation & conservation awareness activity involving 
young minds. 


Participants will also enjoy an amazing Bird Photo and Bird Books Exhibition on 
the 27th October at the Orientation Workshop Venue at Dehradun. 

Some count groups will accommodate local youths from the count area and will 
provide required orientation & motivation to take-up bird watching as a revenue 
generation skill by becoming future birding guides in their local area. 


Some groups are also encouraged to conduct small workshop type interactions 
with the local village elders to generate a list of vernacular names of the 
bird species found in different river valleys. They are also expected to 
document any references occurring in oral folk. 


This is a purely non-commercial activity, so we expect the participants to 
share the cost of lodging, boarding & travel expenses during the count. The 
participation contribution for four days of dedicated jeep travel, boarding and 
lodging would now come to Rs 4,500/- only. 


Each participant will get a complimentary participation kit consisting of an 
event embossed all weather Knap-Sack, T-Shirt, Cap, Car/Bike Stickers, String 
Pen, Participation Certificate, collectors bird merchandize and a Table Momento 
plus a hard copy of the published report of our 3rd & 4th Great Himalayan Bird 
Count 2010-11. 


Your participation will also ensure that your name will also appear in our hard 
copy published report of 5th Great Himalayan Bird Count – 2012. 


During the count modest but comfortable lodging & boarding on sharing basis 
will be arranged at the FRH, PWD Inspection Bungalows, Tents and even village 
accommodation at some of the trails during the count. 


Friends, as most of the trails require some endurance and trekking skills but 
we also have some very comfortable bird count transacts for our elderly 
birdwatchers. 


Friends now you know the dates, so plan your schedules accordingly and kindly 
let us know of your intention (with your trekking & birding experience of 
Himalayan bird species) to participate in this wonderful Himalayan birding and 
trekking opportunity at the earliest. 


Kindly Note: Participants who fail to register before the 10th of May 2011 will 
have to pay an additional Late Fee of Rs 1,000/- for ensuring their 
participation in the bird count and 20 + 10 seats are reserved for Sponsored 
category and overseas participants respectively. 


Friends the participation is strictly on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS and we 
can only accommodate maximum of 170 birders/participants only, so you'll have 
to hurry. 


Kindly take an early booking initiative to avoid any disappointments later by 
sending in your Registration Application along with a Demand Draft for Rs 
4,500/- per person now or 


Participation Seats Details: 

Total Seats:					170 Numbers		
For Indian Nationals:			140 Numbers
For Overseas Participants:			10 Numbers
Sponsored Participation Quota:		20 Numbers

Pl. Note: Sponsored Quota is applicable to the last remaining 20 seats and from 
this, along with your participation, we'll sponsor participation of 20 bright 
rural students from Garhwal, so that they can be motivated & sensitized to 
become future local area birding guides of their village area. 


Participation Fee Details: 

For Indian Nationals: (Now)		Rs 4,500.00 
For Overseas Participants:			US$ 250.00 (Payable in Indian Rupees)
Late Fee:						Rs 1,000.00 Extra
Sponsored Participation Quota:		Rs 7,500.00 (for last 20 participation berths)

Advance Booking for 6th GHBC 2013:	Rs 1,500.00 or US$ 50.00 as Donation to ARCH
Advance Booking for 7th GHBC 2014:	Rs 1,500.00 or US$ 50.00 as Donation to ARCH

Kindly take an early booking initiative to avoid any disappointments later by 
sending in your Participation Form duly filled along with a Demand Draft for Rs 
4,500/- (Overseas Participants: US$ 250.00 Equivalent payable in Indian Rupees) 
now, at the address mentioned below or you can also make an electronic money 
transfer directly by depositing Rs 4,500/- on any branch of Indian Bank in your 
town/city favoring "ACTION & RESEARCH FOR CONSERVATION IN HIMALAYAS, DEHRADUN" 
in our bank account. Here are the Bank`s details if you wish to submit your 
participation fee through net-banking. 


Bank: 			Indian Bank, Branch: Astley Hall, Dehradun
Account Holder: 	ACTION & RESEARCH FOR CONSERVATION IN HIMALAYAS
Current A/c No. 	794568161 
IFSC Code: 		IDIB000D024
MICR Code: 		248019002

Address for Courier: 	Prateek Panwar (Founder Trustee ARCH)
			Villa # 36, Rajpur Road Enclave, Dhoran Khas (Near IT Park),
Dehradun, Uttarakhand 248001 INDIA
			Tel No: +91-9412054216


Pl. Note: As an equal opportunity policy at ARCH we adhere to FIRST COME FIRST 
SERVE principle. 


So kindly send in your participation form/Advance booking a.s.a.p. to avoid 
disappointment later. 


Each Group size is restricted to 7-9 birders only, so please hurry... and call 
us at +91-9412054216 


On hearing from you we'll furnish you the Count Trails and Registration Details 
at the outset. 


Garhwal is a divine place to visit for a truly amazing himalayan birding (it 
would be mostly Lifers for many of you) & a memorable Himalayan outdoors 
roughing-it-out experience. 


I also request you to kindly forward it to all your birding friends with your 
strong words of recommendation for this Himalayan outdoors experience. 


"Happy Birding and May you have many rare sightings and new records" 

Thanking you

Yours in Bird Conservation always,




Prateek Panwar
Founder Trustee 
Prateek Panwar (Founder Trustee ARCH)
Hon State Coordinator, IBCN/BNHS, Uttarakhand
Villa # 36, Rajpur Road Enclave, Dhoran Khas (Near IT Park),
Dehradun, Uttarakhand 248001 INDIA

Tel# 9412054216
Email: arch.birdcount AT gmail.com

IMPORTANT: Participants will be governed by the provisions of the Indian Forest 
Act, 1927 & Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 in addition to the other laws of the 
land. 


Please Note and Suggest to friends: As an effort to bring our organization on 
sustainable economic footing we also design & execute special Himalayan bird 
watching n trekking camps, also on offer are wildlife safaris in Rajaji 
National Park. On special request same can be arranged for schools and 
corporate houses. Please support our cause by visiting our area for a himalayan 
birding, wildlife and trekking experience. You can contact us separately for 
that anytime. Pl. call +91-9412054216 


IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

Last Date to Submit Early Registration Fee: 		10th May 2012
Last Date to Submit Late Fee:				29th May  2012
Sponsored Participation Quota:				After 29th May  2012

Arrival at Dehradun: 27th of October 2012 latest by 08.30 hrs for the 
Orientation 

Actual Count Days:  			28th & 29th October 2012
Debriefing & Concluding
Workshop at Dehradun: Starting at 1430 hrs. on the 30th of October 2012 

End of all our responsibilities:		At 1900 hrs on the 30th of  October 2012.

Anticipated Outcome:

•	This count will act as a benchmark for more future studies in the given area.
• This count will involve young intellect with the intention to prepare them as 
future ambassadors of bird watching and wildlife conservation. 

•	

PROFILE OF THE ORGANIZERS:

"Action & Research for Conservation in Himalayas – ARCH" is established for the 
beneficial promotion and to save the endangered animal and plant life and their 
habitats in the country with special emphasis to its "avifaunal diversity" 
India is at the tri junction of three bio-geographical realms. Due to extensive 
use of chemical manuring, insecticides, pesticides etc, loss of habitat, 
environmental pollution, and continuous use of drugs such as Diclofinac etc 
with avifaunal diversity now most threatened in our country. With Himalayan 
Quail and Pink Headed Duck already feared to be extinct, whereas Jerodn's 
Courser, Son-Chirya and Spotted Owlet are at the verge of extinction. It is 
strongly felt that the endangered flora & fauna, especially the birds cannot be 
saved without active support & efforts of all sections of society. The 
involvements of various organizations and individuals the world over would be 
required jointly with the government efforts to conserve the species diversity. 
"ARCH" is being formed with its primary objectives of strengthening species 
conservation in India. 


ACTION & RESEARCH FOR CONSERVATION IN HIMALAYAS is seeking alliance and working 
association with international/local conservation focused organizations with 
common objectives. Write to us now at Email: arch.birdcount AT gmail.com. 


Some of the pioneering avian conservation programs initiated by ARCH are:

• "The Great Himalayan Bird Count" held every year in winter since 2008 where 
more than 650 bird watchers from all corners of India and overseas along with 
800+ rural youth participate to generate a avian base-line population dynamics 
data from all river valleys of Garhwal Division in Uttarakhand in partnership 
with Forest Department. 


• "House Sparrow Nest Box Adoption Program" initiated on the 1st World House 
Sparrow Day after two years of field trials and then formally launched from the 
Governor's House on 3rd of May 2010. A bird conservation initiative achieving 
multiple conservation objectives from a single activity. So far our Nest Boxes 
have added more than 2000 Sparrows + Oriental Magpies Robins & Brahminy 
Starlings to the environment since 2008. 


(1) To provide an safe predator-proof nesting space to a species in distress 
(2) To involve common people by motivating them to install these nest boxes in 
their homes and record observations wherever possible 

(3) To adopt villages on the periphery and installing nest boxes in the houses 
without any cost to support remaining populations of house sparrows. 


• "Khel Khel Mae" A year-round free-of-cost creative expression workshop for 
the marginalized children of nine villages in Maldevta cluster in Raipur Block 
in Distt Dehradun since October 2009. 


• "Arch Conservation Leadership Awards" Given every year for lifetime 
achievement to people dedicating life to the cause of bird conservation and 
promoting environmental awareness in India. 


• "Arch Traveling Bird Photo Exhibition" Our very first 7 days exhibition in 
Nov 2009 was visited by more than 5000 school & college students at the 
National Bal Bhavan, New Delhi which was inaugurated by Hon'ble HRD Minister Mr 
Kapil Sibbal and the concluding ceremony was presided by Mrs Salma Ansari, wife 
of Hon' able Vice President of India. 


• "Lets Rediscover The Himalayan Quail Again" This decade long internationally 
important bird conservation initiative involving overseas volunteers, village 
elders and rural youth from the presumed habitat of this extinct bird which was 
last seen in 1876. We seek year-round local/overseas volunteers to share their 
knowledge / time & recourses on the presumed habitat as per their convenience 
and availability. 


• "Summer Bird Watching Mountain Camps" specially designed to cater to the need 
for sensitization of urban young minds from niche schools like The DOON SCHOOL 
and using birds as a medium of inquiry into the natural world. 


• "Indian Bird Conservation Network" Founder Trustee ARCH has been given added 
responsibility of IBCN-BNHS State Coordinator for Uttarakhand. 


•	"Affiliation with The National Bal Bhavan, New Delhi" as Dehradun Centre. 
Bal Bhavan is an institution which aims at enhancing the creative potential of 
children by providing them various activities, opportunities and common 
platform to interact, experiment, create and perform according to their age, 
aptitude and ability. It offers a barrier-free environment with immense 
possibilities of innovation, minus any stress or strain. Bal Bhavan is an 
autonomous body under the ministry of HRD, Government of India. 


Would you like to join hands and contribute in our efforts to save birds, 
please convey your intention for any association, write to us at: 
arch.birdcount AT gmail.com 


You may also kindly explore our FACEBOOK LINKS and Register:

http://www.facebook.com/events/188319561285112/

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=114181811937238&ref=ts

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u can also log on to FRIENDS OF HOUSE SPARROWS on Facebook

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Subject: Ecotrail Indica – Kumar Ghorpade - India - 3 stars
From: "Kumar" <kumar.ghorpade AT yahoo.in>
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2012 04:21:47 -0000
Ecotrail Indica, Dharwar, Karnataka, India, offers Indian and foreign 
eco-tourists great guided birding getaways and other wildlife camping trails in 
peninsular India. Day trips, overnight stays, 2-night weekend getaways, besides 
longer "Bird-watcher Trails" and "Entomologist's Expeditions" are organized in 
super habitats with trained naturalist, entomologist, bird-watcher guides 
accompanying clients, which is essential for best experiences and wildlife 
sighting success, plus critical help-at-hand facility to handle logistics, 
optimize personal relationships, etc. 

 We prefer groups of 4-8 persons at a time, and a bare minimum of two PAX, and 
may not be able to entertain solitary clients, unless they pay our enhanced 
tariff for this special service on request. 




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Subject: RFI: Hypocolius in Western India
From: "Chuck Almdale" <webinfo49 AT att.net>
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2012 21:54:37 -0000
Does anyone have a good recommendation for a tour, tour company, or private 
guides, domestic or Indian, that look for the Gray Hypocolius in western India? 




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Subject: Seattle/Washington area Bird Guide
From: "lilyengles" <lle555 AT satx.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2011 00:08:22 -0000
Hi, everyone,  

My husband wrote this regarding our guide in the Seattle/Washington area, Woody 
Wheeler, AKA conservation catalyst in searching the web. I concur with my 
husband's review. Woody was a great guide. I had reviewed my life list and sent 
Woody my "wish list", which included birds that weren't lifers, but that I 
wanted another look at. Woody made the plan, and the itinerary based on the 
info provided him, and took us birding some in some great spots in Seattle, as 
well as the area SE of Washington. When you have limited time, it is wonderful 
to have a guide as knowledgeable and personable as Woody. Cost / experience = 
excellent value! 



"Just spent several days in October 2011 with Woody. We saw
100 birds, 9 of them life birds. My big impression was that he
not only knows the birds, but he knows all about them.
Woody has made a practice of learning feeding, breeding, nesting habits of all 
these birds, you don't just tick them off, 

he teaches you about them.
I have been birding for almost 25 years, had lots of experience
with guides, Woody is probably the best I have ever encountered. He also knows 
all the good little spots to eat, 

check out the scenery, just really make a birding trip into a real
vacation.
Besides, he has a wonderful sense of humor.
This is your guy.
James E. Reveley, DDS
San Antonio, Texas"

Lily Engles
San Antonio



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Subject: SEARCHER NATURAL HISTORY TOURS: White-chinned Petrel, 12 tropicbirds
From: "thunefeld" <thunefeld AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2011 03:08:41 -0000
(San Diego) The Trip Report, photos and video are now posted for the Labor Day 
week pelagic trip aboard SEARCHER featuring Todd McGrath's WHITE-CHINNED PETREL 
plus 12 Red-billed Tropicbirds and a pod of well photographed Baird's Beaked 
Whales. 


Full trip report, photos, video:  http://socaltripreports.com/?p=331 

The video only is posted at:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0a-c4tZz7M

So far in SoCal this summer we've seen Cook's Petrel, Dark-rumped Petrel and 
lots of tropicbirds near the shelf edge. The final pelagic trip this year to 
the shelf edge is aboard the Buena Vista Audubon Society charter of GRANDE on 
Oct 15-17. The 2010 October trip recorded Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel and 
Flesh-footed Shearwater. This trip is a "for sure" go, room for 8 more. 
http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/sandiegooct151756hr.html 


White-chinned Petrel   3:22 p.m.    6 Sept 2011
34°10'4.47"N      120°22'19.07"W
5.5 n  (10.5 km) miles N of San Miguel
17 n. miles . (31.7 km) S of Pt Conception

W. Terry Hunefeld, Encinitas
Life is short.  Seabird often. 
In memory of Luke Cole and Mike San Miguel
"Come on out with us to see what's out there."

Southern California Seabirding Trips 
by: Buena Vista Audubon Society
http://www.SoCalBirding.com
Los Coronados Islands & Nine Mile Bank
all the way to the edge of the Continental Shelf 




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Subject: SOCAL Tropicbirds, Laysan Albie, Cook’s & Dark-rumped Petrels
From: "thunefeld" <thunefeld AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 03 Sep 2011 16:05:27 -0000
The TRIP TRAX (showing exact locations of the Cook's & Dark-rumped Petrels, 
Laysan Albatross, Townsend's Storm-petrels, 7 Red-billed Tropicbirds) is now 
posted along with the TRIP VIDEO of the August 15-16 Buena Vista Audubon 
Society annual late summer 48-hour pelagic trip. Click on 
http://socaltripreports.com/?p=278 


The last deep water trip from SoCal this season with space remaining (seen in 
previous years: Least, Leach's, Black and Ashy Storm-petrels, Laysan & BF 
Albatrosses, Flesh-footed and Buller's Shearwaters, RB Tropicbirds, Xantus's & 
Craveri's Murrelets, Cook's & Hawaiian Petrels) is sponsored by Buena Vista 
Audubon Society aboard: GRANDE Oct 15-17: 

http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/sandiegooct151756hr.html

Peace on earth.

W. Terry Hunefeld, Encinitas
Life is short.  Seabird often. 
In memory of Luke Cole and Mike San Miguel
"Come on out with us to see what's out there."

Southern California Seabirding Trips 
by: Buena Vista Audubon Society
http://www.SoCalBirding.com
Los Coronados Islands & Nine Mile Bank
all the way to the edge of the Continental Shelf

Our SoCal Pelagic "e-Newsletters"
http://www.facebook.com/SoCalPelagics
and
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SoCalBirding

A Few Of Our Seabird & Marine Mammal Adventures:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC4qRYFdjXo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABXQwF2vD2w
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8UdCYAOax0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyb8fBCsP0s




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Subject: Birding Misiones in Argentina
From: "susanbb35" <susanbb AT umich.edu>
Date: Mon, 01 Aug 2011 10:12:47 -0000
Has anyone used this tour company, "Birding Misiones", in the part of Argentina 
near Iguazu? 




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Subject: Wildside Nature Tours
From: "krbaum13" <benkaren AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2011 23:56:32 -0000
Has anyone had experience with this tour group? We're interested in a possible 
birding trip to Northern India. 




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Subject: Birding guides in Colombia
From: "romneybathurst" <croftess AT brmemc.net>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2011 15:28:20 -0000
Just back from my third trip to Colombia, with its marvelous birds and 
welcoming people. If you need a guide for the Bogota area, be sure to contact 
Diana Balcazar, who is very fluent in English and lives in the city, she can 
show you birds as well as the Gold Museum, Botanical Gardens, Botero Museum and 
Monserrate, all of which you should not miss! 

Contact her at azulejo500 AT hotmail.com
Also, Eduardo Luis Uruena, at Manakinnaturetours.com - he can arrange birding 
anywhere in Colombia and is sharp-eyed and -eared, excellent with his scope 
too. Luis is a multi-faceted nature and ecology guide and bilingual too. 

Colombia is safe and open for business - don't miss the chance to see their 
endemics and so many others too! 




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Subject: The Ultimate Live-Aboard Seabirding Pelagic Trip
From: "thunefeld" <thunefeld AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2011 23:20:27 -0000
Greetings,

The Channel Islands and Deep Water Pelagic Week aboard North America's most 
luxurious birding live-aboard, SEARCHER, find rarities and mega-rarities on 
nearly every trip. The diverse array of birds seen from SEARCHER is a result of 
a diverse itinerary - from near-shore to inter-islands to the edge of the 
Continental Shelf. 


September SEARCHER trips from 2003-2010 have amassed an amazing list of 
species: Black-footed Albatross, Northern Fulmar, Murphy's Petrel, Cook's 
Petrel, Hawaiian Petrel, Flesh-footed Shearwater, Buller's Shearwater, 
Pink-Footed Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Black-vented Shearwater, Least 
Storm-Petrel, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Ashy Storm-Petrel, Black Storm-Petrel, 
Red-billed Tropicbird, Red-necked Phalarope, Red Phalarope, South Polar Skua, 
Pomarine Jaeger, Parasitic Jaeger, Long-tailed Jaeger, Sabine's Gull, Arctic 
Tern, Pigeon Guillemot, Common Murre, Xantus's Murrelet, Craveri's Murrelet, 
Cassin's Auklet, Rhinoceros Auklet. 


Both the bird life and marine mammal sightings are exceptional on this annual 
pelagic. 5 species of whales and 5 species of dolphin would not be considered 
unusual during this Labor Day week excursion. Add to that flying fish, mola 
mola, an assortment of shark and a little deep sea fishing, and the trip is fun 
for everyone, especially a birding enthusiast and a spouse. 


The SEARCHER pelagic consists of 4 solid days at sea, departing on Labor Day 
morning, returning the following Friday morning at dawn. There is nothing quite 
like being on such a luxurious craft with like-minded people, all sharing an 
interest in the wonders of life over the ocean. 


Many birders come from Europe or the east coast of the U.S. to participate in 
these trips, and many of them do additional birding in SoCal while they're out 
here. This year SEARCHER has teamed up with the Buena Vista Audubon Society to 
sponsor a field trip to the Salton Sea led by Todd McGrath on Saturday 
September 4. This trip is limited exclusively to Searcher registrants. 


SEARCHER departs San Diego on Labor Day morning. We spend the day birding our 
way up San Diego's famous Nine Mile bank and other underwater banks, ridges and 
canyons. The morning of our second day at sea finds us in the northern Channel 
Islands. From there we travel north and west to the deeper waters, west past 
Point Conception to Arguello Canyon and perhaps the Rodriguez Dome. 


The third day finds us in two-mile deep waters where we explore the known 
pterodroma corridors beyond the San Juan Seamount and other seamounts at and 
beyond the edge of the Continental Shelf. 


Please join us for a week of fun and adventure while being pampered by the crew 
of SEARCHER. 


Details of the SEARCHER Labor Day Week Live-aboard Pelagic: 
http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/searchersep592011.html

The SEARCHER trip logs contain more detailed information of past trip 
sightings: 

http://www.bajawhale.com/wildlife-tours/pelagic-birding-tours

The Status & Distribution of SoCal Pelagic Birds can be viewed at: 
http://socalbirding.com/seabirdreference.html

Details of the Salton Sea Day Trip: 
http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/saltonseasep42011.html

Peace on earth.

W. Terry Hunefeld, Encinitas
Life is short.  Seabird often. 
In memory of Luke Cole and Mike San Miguel
"Come on out with us to see what's out there."

Southern California Seabirding Trips 
by: Buena Vista Audubon Society
http://www.SoCalBirding.com
Los Coronados Islands & Nine Mile Bank
all the way to the edge of the Continental Shelf

Our SoCal Pelagic "e-Newsletters"
http://www.facebook.com/SoCalPelagics
and
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SoCalBirding

A Few Of Our Seabird & Marine Mammal Adventures:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC4qRYFdjXo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABXQwF2vD2w
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8UdCYAOax0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyb8fBCsP0s







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Subject: Summer San Diego Pelagic Trips
From: "thunefeld" <thunefeld AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 02 Jul 2011 13:37:10 -0000
Greetings

Join us this August on our 48-hour live-aboard pelagic trip aboard Grande as we 
sail to the edge of the Continental Shelf to look for Cook's and Hawaiian 
Petrels, 3 subspecies of Leach's Storm-Petrels and Mexican Exotics like 
Wedge-tailed Shearwater and Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel. 


Last year we saw (in U.S. waters) Brown Boobies, Black-footed Albatrosses, 
Skuas, Red-billed Tropicbirds, Pomarine, Parasitic and Long-tailed Jaegers, 
Buller's Shearwaters, Sabine's Gulls, Arctic Terns, 4 species of Storm-Petrels 
(Black, Least, Ashy and Leach's), Blue Whales, Pacific White-sided Dolphin, Fin 
and Baird's Beaked Whales, Guadalupe Fur Seals and 4 pods of 
seldom-seen-this-well Baird's Beaked Whales. 


This trip sold out in 2009 and 2010. This year's trip is a "for sure go" with 
only ten remaining spots available. We depart Monday morning August 15 and 
return at dawn Wednesday morning August 17 in time to catch a plane out or get 
to work by 9 a.m. 


Details on the trip and the status of the above named species can be found at:
 HYPERLINK "http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/sandiegoaug151648hr.html" 
http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/sandiegoaug151648hr.html 


W. Terry Hunefeld, Encinitas
Life is short. Seabird often. 
In 
memory of Luke Cole and Mike San Miguel
"Come on out with us to see 
what's out there."
 

Southern California Seabirding Trips 
by: Buena Vista Audubon 
Society
 

http://www.SoCalBirding.com

Los Coronados Islands & Nine Mile Bank

all the way to the edge of the Continental Shelf

Our SoCal Pelagic "e-Newsletters"
http://www.facebook.com/SoCalPelagics
and
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SoCalBirding

A Few Of Our Seabird & Marine Mammal Adventures:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC4qRYFdjXo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABXQwF2vD2w

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8UdCYAOax0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyb8fBCsP0s






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Subject: Sneak Peek into Condor Express, Searcher and Grande
From: "thunefeld" <thunefeld AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Jun 2011 00:00:28 -0000
If you've been wondering what it's like on a pelagic trip from SoCal, you can 
get a "sneak peek" inside and onboard our three primary vessels: SEARCHER, 
GRANDE, and CONDOR EXPRESS. 

http://tinyurl.com/pelagics-sneak-peek

Come on out and ride along with us in real life or virtually! It's loads of fun 
and we never know "for-sure" what to expect out there. Every trip begins as a 
blank canvas. By the time we return to the harbor, a rich tapestry of unique 
sights, sounds and experiences has been woven – and it's always a surprise. 


Summer and fall are exciting months for pelagic birding in Southern California 
with the arrival of various species like tropicbirds and storm-petrels and the 
late-summer and fall migration of tubenoses. 


There will be at least one trip a month from San Diego or Santa Barbara into 
the mysterious deep through October. Debi Shearwater's trips from central 
California also kick into gear August – October. 


The entire SoCal pelagic birding trip schedule with details, trip reports, and 
video montages can be found at www.socalbirding.com. Debi Shearwater's schedule 
is at www.shearwaterjourneys.com/ 


Come on out with us to see what's out there…. 

W. Terry Hunefeld, Encinitas
Life is short.  Seabird often. 
In memory of Luke Cole and Mike San Miguel

Southern California Seabirding Trips 
by: Buena Vista Audubon Society
http://www.SoCalBirding.com
Los Coronados Islands & Nine Mile Bank
all the way to the edge of the Continental Shelf

A Few Of Our Seabird & Marine Mammal Adventures:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC4qRYFdjXo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABXQwF2vD2w
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8UdCYAOax0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyb8fBCsP0s





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Subject: SEARCHER PELAGIC SEABIRDING TRIPS
From: "thunefeld" <thunefeld AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:32:16 -0000
North America's most luxurious live-aboard birding vessel – SEARCHER – sailed 
its annual Memorial Day weekend three-day seabird and whale pelagic from San 
Diego. The trip report is now complete and includes photos, video and details 
on the albatrosses and boobies seen in U.S. waters and the South Polar Skua in 
Mexican waters: http://socaltripreports.com/?p=255 


SEARCHER sails again for ABA rarities on its annual fall migration Labor Day 
week trip, departing Labor Day, September 5 and returning Friday morning 
September 9. Last year's trip recorded Flesh-footed Shearwater, 4 Red-billed 
Tropicbirds, Cook's Petrel, South Polar Skua, Buller's Shearwater, 113 
Long-tailed Jaegers, Least Storm-Petrels and dozens of other species. Details, 
videos of past trips and trip reports with species list links are at: 
http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/searchersep592011.html where you can read 
up on past hard-to-find pterodroma, murrelet and storm-petrel sightings enjoyed 
on this one-of-a-kind annual deep-water pelagic. There are ten spots available 
left on this trip. 


Buena Vista Audubon Society will sponsor a field trip to the Salton Sea led by 
Todd McGrath - limited exclusively to Labor Day SEARCHER participants. Expected 
SoCal specialties: Yellow-footed Gull (found nowhere else in the U.S.), Stilt 
Sandpiper, Burrowing Owl, Black Tern, Common Tern, Abert's Towhee, Gambel's 
Quail, Wilson's Phalarope, Costa's Hummingbird and Ladderback Woodpecker. 
Complete details: 

http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/saltonseasep42011.html There are six 
spots available left on this trip. 


Peace on earth.

W. Terry Hunefeld, Encinitas
Life is short.  Seabird often. 
In memory of Luke Cole and Mike San Miguel
"Come on out with us to see what's out there."

Southern California Seabirding Trips 
by: Buena Vista Audubon Society
http://www.SoCalBirding.com
Los Coronados Islands & Nine Mile Bank
all the way to the edge of the Continental Shelf

A Few Of Our Seabird & Marine Mammal Adventures:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC4qRYFdjXo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABXQwF2vD2w
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Subject: Re: Sunrise Birding Tours
From: "D" <djcz_98 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Apr 2011 22:34:02 -0000
I went on a tour to Costa Rica with Sunrise Birding and it was absolutely 
fantastic. Gina and Steve were phenomenal tour guides. We were lucky enough to 
come across 350+ different species of birds. Overall, my rating for Sunrise 
Birding is an A+ and they are highly recommended. 


Darryl

--- In BirdingGuideReviews AT yahoogroups.com, "Tom"  wrote:
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> Hello Fellow Birders,
> 
> What a great group to come across. Does anyone have any comments on Sunrise 
Birding Tours? I have signed-up for a birding trip with this company and was 
just wondering if anyone has taken a tour with these folks and what they 
thought of the trip. 

> 
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Subject: Re: Sunrise Birding Tours
From: "D" <djcz_98 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Apr 2011 22:47:42 -0000
I went on a tour to Costa Rica with Sunrise Birding and it was absolutely 
fantastic. Gina and Steve were phenomenal tour guides. We were lucky enough to 
come across 350+ different species of birds. Overall, my rating for Sunrise 
Birding is an A+ and they are highly recommended. 


Darryl

--- In BirdingGuideReviews AT yahoogroups.com, "Tom"  wrote:
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> Hello Fellow Birders,
> 
> What a great group to come across. Does anyone have any comments on Sunrise 
Birding Tours? I have signed-up for a birding trip with this company and was 
just wondering if anyone has taken a tour with these folks and what they 
thought of the trip. 

> 
> Thanks,
> 
> Tom
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Subject: Re: Sunrise Birding Tours
From: "D" <djcz_98 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Apr 2011 22:29:54 -0000
I went on a tour to Costa Rica with Sunrise Birding and it was absolutely 
fantastic. Gina and Steve were phenomenal tour guides. We were lucky enough to 
come across 350+ different species of birds. Overall, my rating for Sunrise 
Birding is an A+ and they are highly recommended. 


Darryl

--- In BirdingGuideReviews AT yahoogroups.com, "Tom"  wrote:
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> Hello Fellow Birders,
> 
> What a great group to come across. Does anyone have any comments on Sunrise 
Birding Tours? I have signed-up for a birding trip with this company and was 
just wondering if anyone has taken a tour with these folks and what they 
thought of the trip. 

> 
> Thanks,
> 
> Tom
>




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Subject: Re: Sunrise Birding Tours
From: croftess AT brmemc.net
Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2011 18:19:17 +0000
Sorry, never heard of them. Where are you going? Have bEen on a fair number of 
trips so perhaps I could help. R bathurst 

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Subject: Sunrise Birding Tours
From: "Tom" <tjlawler AT crestviewcable.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2011 14:54:55 -0000
Hello Fellow Birders,

What a great group to come across. Does anyone have any comments on Sunrise 
Birding Tours? I have signed-up for a birding trip with this company and was 
just wondering if anyone has taken a tour with these folks and what they 
thought of the trip. 


Thanks,

Tom



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Subject: Kolibri Expeditions, Peru, day trip and pelagic
From: "Tim" <tshelmerdine AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2011 19:34:20 -0000
One of the earlier posts praised Kolibri Expeditions, run in Peru by Gunnar 
Engblom. I share the positive sentiments shared by the previous poster. I had 
two days for birding out of Lima at the end of a four week trip to Peru. The 
first day I went on a one day birding excursion to Lomas de Lachay and El 
Paraiso Lagoon with Alejandro, one of Gunnar's guides. I will mention that I 
paid a premium price for the day, as there were no other birders on the tour, 
but I felt I received good value for my money. Both Juan (the driver) and 
Alejandro were friendly and personable. I will add here that I speak Spanish, 
which allowed me to speak with both the driver and the guide, although 
Alejandro spoke English as well. Alejandro was excellent with the birds, for 
example he worked very hard to make sure I saw Cactus Canastero, which species 
was being very uncooperative. It was a pleasure to bird with him. 


The following day I went out of Callao on a pelagic trip. As a pelagic guide 
myself, I have high expectations for this kind of trip. I was not disappointed. 
It was July, winter in the southern hemisphere, but the birding was still 
excellent. A few of the memorable "lifers" for me were Humboldt Penguin, Ringed 
(Hornby's) Storm-Petrel, Swallow-tailed Gull and Peruvian Diving-Petrel. Gunnar 
knows his birds and although the ocean was a little rough, it was a super day. 


I not only highly recommend Kolibri Expeditions to anyone heading to Peru, I 
look forward to going out with them again myself. 


Tim Shelmerdine
West Linn, OR
Subject: Ranch Naturalista, Costa Rica
From: "Tim" <tshelmerdine AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2011 19:50:46 -0000
I am a new member to this group, and I have not had a lot of experience with 
guided trips or lodges, so although I don't have a lot with which to compare my 
stay at Rancho Naturalista (near Turrialba, Costa Rica), I would like to say 
that I thoroughly enjoyed my four-day stay there. For two of my four days 
(middle of July) there, I was the only birder at the lodge. (The poor economies 
of both the U.S. and Costa Rica severely affected the lodge's business.) I 
spent time with two guides, Herman and Cali, both of whom were excellent. They 
knew the birds by both sound and voice, and both of them were very focused on 
helping me get as much as possible out of each guided walk or excursion. I have 
spent a number of days of birding on my own in Costa Rica, but Herman and Cali 
helped me not only see many species of birds, but helped me with vocalizations 
as well. I feel I left the lodge a more knowledgeable neotropical birder. As 
the only guest for part of the time, I had time to get to know the owners, John 
and Kathy Erb, and enjoyed getting to know them as well. I highly recommend 
Ranch Naturalista to anyone traveling to Costa Rica and wanting a lodge 
experience with great birds. 


Tim Shelmerdine
West Linn, OR 
Subject: St. Croix, US Virgin Islands info
From: "marypatbird" <marypat AT ashlandhome.net>
Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2011 01:49:23 -0000
I'm going to St Croix in late January and looking for any info re. local 
guides, tours, hot spots. Any info appreciated. Happy birding! 

Subject: Birding in Ireland with Eric Dempsey
From: "prentkiak" <prentki AT acsalaska.net>
Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2010 00:04:38 -0000
I highly recommend hiring Bird Guide and Ireland Field Guide author Eric 
Dempsey [birdsireland AT gmail.com] if you are touring Ireland and have a day to 
spare. My wife and I hooked up with Eric for a one-day private birding trip at 
the end of a two week guided bus tour of the Republic of Ireland. Eric asked us 
what we were interested in and what we had seen so far. As a result and with 
the time of year, he recommended an emphasis on shorebirds. It worked out 
great. We saw 67 species with Eric and I picked up 6 lifers and my wife 7, from 
stonechats to curlew sandpipers. These were the bulk of 88 bird species we 
identified during our entire 15 days in Ireland. 

Eric picked us up in a comfortable 4-wheel drive vehicle at our Dublin Hotel 
and returned us there at the end of the day. He gave us a choice of hot lunch 
or picking up sandwiches and drinks and birding while dinning. We did the 
latter. Major stops included a drive down a beach looking at different groups 
of shorebirds and a hide on Rogerstown Estuary. Great looks at birds through 
binoculars and Eric's spotting scope. He offered frequent bathroom breaks, 
allowing us to drink as much coffee as we wanted. 


Dick and Kathy Prentki
Anchorage, AK
prentki AT acsalaska.net 

Subject: Top Colombia guide: Luis Uruena
From: "romneybathurst" <croftess AT brmemc.net>
Date: Sun, 10 Oct 2010 17:01:34 -0000
My month of birding with Luis was incredibly successful, as he has tremendous 
talents in the field: eyes and ears are young and sharp, and he is extremely 
quick with his scope - you will not miss the bird! Luis works very hard, knows 
where the birds are and will not take you anywhere that is dangerous. His 
company, manakinnaturetours.com , will set up just about any trip you might 
want. Cannot recommend him too highly! 

Subject: Krabi, Thailand - Mr. Dai
From: "JEFF" <jeff.higgott AT btinternet.com>
Date: Sun, 03 Oct 2010 10:43:13 -0000
A word of caution for anyone travelling to Krabi and looking for a guide. Mr. 
Dai is the best known of the boatmen though there are lots of others. Although 
Mr. Dai is very knowledgeable on our experiences he has become greedy and lazy. 


1. We booked ahead with him for a magroves/coast trip but after we arrived were 
told he was ill in hospital and couldn't take us on that date so we rebooked 
the next day (when we were assured he would be well). We later found out that 
rather than being in hospital he had 'bumped' us for a bigger group on that day 
and was not ill at all. 


2. On the revised date we arrived to find another group had also booked him for 
the same time - so he effectively got twice the payment for the one trip! 


3. The trip didn't head to the estuary so no chance of Nordmann's Greenshank - 
but when we got back he said he's take us (for another full price trip). This 
was little more than a dash round the platforms and sandbanks. Mr. Dai did not 
carry binoculars and made no attempt to look at anything on this trip, just 
point the boat at any likely looking group of birds. Fine, but any of the 
boatmen could and would have done this, possibly for less money and certainly 
with more good grace and effort to please. 

Subject: Big Blue Ranch - Nebraska - Prairie Chickens - 5 stars
From: "rrfreed1" <rrfreed AT embarqmail.com>
Date: Thu, 03 Jun 2010 13:37:05 -0000
My wife and I did a birding tour of several midwest states, and the Big Blue 
Ranch was recommended to us as a place to see Greater Prairie-chickens 
displaying on a lek, even though we were traveling in mid-May, after the 
traditional peak of the season. 


We stayed in the lodge at the ranch, a beautiful facility located on their 
cattle ranch. Photos of the lodge are available on their web site at 
www.bigblueranch.com, and the lodge is even more beautiful and comfortable than 
the photos show. 


We sat on the porch and listened to great horned owls and coyotes, as we 
watched several species of birds at the lake in front of us. 


The next morning the owners, Scott and Billie Kay Bodie, picked us up before 
dawn and took us to a cattle trailer that sits on top of a grassland hill, and 
is used as a blind. Shortly after dawn, a flock of prairie-chickens flew in and 
six males displayed, fought, and made all sorts of strange sounds for an hour 
and a half, about 30-40 feet in front of us. 


It was something we'll never forget, and we highly recommend Big Blue Ranch for 
a unique birding experience. 


Ron Freed
Carlisle, PA
Subject: Manu Tours, Tony WIlson, New Zealand, 5 stars
From: "krbaum13" <benkaren AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 02:13:43 -0000
We were delighted with the 18-day tour of both main islands and Stewart Island, 
planned by Tony Wilson and his wife Carol Harker, of Manu Tours. This small NZ 
company provided us a fine and very personal tour. We missed a few species, but 
managed to see 135--including great views of Northern and Southern Brown Kiwis, 
four species of penguins, all the grebes, all albatrosses, most mollymawks, all 
the rails and waterfowl, and almost all the songbirds. AND we were able to 
enjoy NZ's most spectacular places. Karen Rosenbaum and Ben McClinton, 
Kensington, CA 


Tony Wilson and Carol Harker,
Manu Tours,
106 Ocean Beach Road,
Tairua 3508
New Zealand.
ph/fax 64 7 864 7475
Email: Manutours AT nzbirding.co.nz
Web: www.nzbirding.co.nz
Subject: Manu Tours, Tony Wilson, New Zealand, 5 stars
From: "krbaum13" <benkaren AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 02:06:00 -0000
We were delighted with the 18-day birding tour (Nov. 4-21) of both New Zealand 
islands (plus Stewart Island!) that Tony Wilson and his wife Carol Harker 
planned. This was a much more personal tour than other tours we've experienced. 
We missed a few species, but managed to see 135. Great looks at Northern and 
Southern Brown Kiwis, all the grebes, four penguin species, most of the 
seabirds, almost all the rails and songbirds--and we were able to enjoy the 
magnificent scenery. Tony is competent, thorough, calm, and very committed. 

Subject: Jamaica
From: "paul522460" <illadopsis AT googlemail.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Sep 2009 15:26:51 -0000
I have recently returned from Jamaica having seen all 28 endemics with the 
guidance of Reliable Adventures Jamaica. The company and guides were 
exceptional,knowledgable and great company. I would advise anyone going to 
Jamaica, either having one day or several days to contact this company as I 
feel they are the best. 


www.reliableadventuresjamaica.com e-mail wolde99 AT yahoo.com

Paul Gaffan
Subject: Los Angeles Audubon Society Deep Water Pelagic Trips
From: "Terry Hunefeld" <thunefeld AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2009 23:37:59 -0000
Greetings,

The sold-out Condor Express was brimming with more than 75 birders as it 
departed Santa Barbara Harbor at exactly 7:00 a.m., July 25, 2009. There were 
hushed whispers of pterodromas being seen in deep water by research ships 
earlier in the week. 


The day was no less than awe inspiring for all who participated – indeed, a day 
that will be talked about and remembered for decades. 136 Cook's Petrels were 
seen well by all participants with close passes by the boat, flocks of petrels 
on the water and petrels readily coming in to chum slicks. 


The complete play-by-play trip report including GPS trip track, eBird species 
lists, trip totals and incredible photos of the pterodromas in flight is now 
posted at: 

http://socalbirding.com/tripreports/santabarbarajul252009.html

Saturday was 2009's third seabirding trip on the Condor Express. The first trip 
recorded Parakeet Auklets. The second saw a Horned Puffin. This third trip 
recorded a tropicbird and 136 Cook's. One more trip is scheduled this year on 
the Condor Express: an 8 hour trip on September 26 that will head out past the 
Channel Islands at the peak of fall seabird migration. A Streaked Shearwater 
was seen near Santa Cruz Island on September 7, 2002. Can we keep our "streak" 
going? We hope you will join us and find out. 

Details:  http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/santabarbarasep262009.html

The 48-hour August 24-26 Grande trip from San Diego is sold out. The September 
7-11 deep-water trip aboard the live-aboard SEARCHER may have one spot 
available and provides your best chance of seeing these rarities in this 
exceptional year for SoCal seabirding - call Celia now to get the last spot or 
a place on the wait list. 

Details: http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/searchersep711.html

2009 is proving to be an outstanding seabirding year. The Queen of Seabirding, 
Debi Shearwater, has several trips designed especially to find rarities and 
pterodroma. Her Fort Bragg trips have incredible success ratios for finding 
Hawaiian Petrel. This is the year. Carpe Diem. 

Shearwater Journeys: http://socalbirding.com/shearwaterjourneys.html

Other SoCal pelagic trips are scheduled in Sept, Oct and Nov from San Diego and 
Dana Point. Two are 48-hour deep water trips, two are day trips. 

Details:  http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips.html


W. Terry Hunefeld, Encinitas
Life is short.  Seabird often. 
In memory of Luke Cole
"Come on out with us to see what's out there."

Southern California Seabirding Trips  
Buena Vista Audubon Society
http://www.SoCalBirding.com
Los Coronados Islands, Channel Islands
to the Edge of the Continental Shelf
Follow us on Twitter:
http://twitter.com/SoCalBirding


Subject: SE Arizona with Wings
From: Tom Thomas <tomtom218 AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 05 May 2009 14:31:29 -0400
Just got back from a great 3 day S E Az private tour with Rick Wright of 
Wings. Spent 3 days target birding for my life list and got 19- most 
were great looks, too.

Rick was amiable and certainly knew the area and the birds well.

Highly recommended

Tom Thomas   tomtom218 AT comcast.net
Subject: The Great Ornifolks Colorado Chicken Hunt with Mike Flieg
From: "Terry Hunefeld" <thunefeld AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2009 11:05:41 -0700
Greetings,

Much thanks to Diane for posting her review about the Great Ornifolks
Chicken Hunt.  I have not met Mike but have heard much about him, and it's
all good.  He runs these trips for love of birding and sharing, not for much
(if any) profit.  From what I understand, he is a great guy, and Ornifolks
is a great outfit.  

http://ornifolks.org/Ornifolks.htm

Reminder:  All posts should contain the full name and city of the poster. 

Thanks, and good birding!  

W. Terry Hunefeld, List Moderator
Life is short.
Seabird often. 

Seabirding Trips From Southern California 
Buena Vista Audubon Society
http://www.SoCalBirding.com
Los Coronados Islands
Nine-mile, Thirty-mile, Sixty-mile Banks
Cortes & Tanner Banks
Channel Islands 
 

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Sent: Sunday, April 26, 2009 10:28 AM
To: BirdingGuideReviews AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [BirdingGuideReviews] April Lek-A-Day Colorado with Mike Flieg.
Tight van & schedule. Good bargain.

Guide: Mike has done this tour for over 20 years. He knows it all and has
good contacts to keep him updated on conditions. About $1295.inclusive
except meals. Share your room or pay an upcharge fo a single. Contact
Ornifolks AT sbcglobal.net


Mike has been all over the world in his 69 years and is a great storyteller.
He is also a bit crusty at times so enjoy his stories and let some opinions
slide off your back. (He is a softy and did save an escaped puppy on a dusty
backroad from roadkill fate.) He brought Alan Sander along, a terrific
photographer, birder and conversationalist.   Be enthusiastic and flexible
for this group. We were a congenial mix ages 50 to 89! 3 women; 8 men.
Mostly world birders who knew their stuff and swapped continent stories.  Of
course this is serendipity.  A jerk could have been a pain due to the close
quarters. I was the least experienced or traveled (my first tour) and really
enjoyed it. I am a 63 year old grandmother, recently widowed, who felt very
comfortable and entertained by the wonderful birding and people.

Specific Pluses
We hit almost all TARGETS including grouse, 2 of 3 rosy finches, both
prairie chickens, 2 of 3 longspurs, mountain plover. Only missed WT
ptarmigan and black rosy finch due to season and weather. No owls but they
were not targets. You get out of the van alot and have many good chances to
see most birds, esp. the important ones.
Many other great sightings every day. I added 11 birds to my lifelist which
was at 615. We had some very experienced world birders and they were all
quite happy.

Logistics
The 15 passenger van was definitely no frills and packed tight with 11
people.  It is not a comfy trip but certainly not miserable.  It is a fast
and furious Sun to Sat run-for-the birds. 4:00 a.m. wakeups daily. Not
strenuous. Not much walking or hiking required but the 11,000 feet altitude
is an adjustment. We zipped from 5000 at Denver to 11,000 at Loveland Pass
to 3000 in Wray. Arrive a day early and try to acclimate if possible. Limit
fluids if you can. Pit stops are infrequent and it is embarrassing to keep
asking. You'll be glad to fall into bed at night.

Prima Donnas and birding snobs might look elsewhere. If you are infirm, this
trip is not for you.  We had a capable 89 year old, experienced birder, who
could move pretty well, but had companions with him to assist him.  We used
nice motels 3 nights and scruffy ones 3 nights. Tiny, Elhardt, KA motel was
not for the squeamish.  Lesser prairie chickens were worth it. Mostly fast
food at lunch, interesting and good local restaurants at night. Pack some
water and snacks in your one soft duffle. I had a huge rolling duffle from
Costco.  I was not the only one. Some guys had a big backpack and a small
duffle. Duffles and scopes take up ALL the storage room. Your
daypack/backpack will have to go on your lap or under seat and you are
already squeezed against your neighbor. You may not be able to get into your
duffle during day so plan your daypack carefully. 

Wear the SAME clothes daily LAYERED because we went from freezing high
altitude, windy snow to 85 degree on the prairie. Everyone seemed to have
sage or beige or brown . Everyone did it. I suggest:
deoderant, smart wool hiking sox, lightweight,vented long sleeve shirt, long
sleeve lightweight thermal shirt, lightweight fleece jacket or quilted vest,
goretex type lined waterproof good windbreaker with tie up HOOD, stretch
cargo pants of tight weave. Add a knit HAT, hiking boots, gloves, and
sunglasses. At some point you will be wearing all of this then strip down to
pants and shirt.  I also brought one short sleeve cotton shirt. Alarm clock
since the scruffy motels may not have one. Cell phones worked everywhere.  I
packed a laptop and had wifi in all but Elkhardt hotel. I overpacked with a
second set of unneeded hiking boots because I was afraid to ruin the trip if
one pair got soaked. I had travel clothes in a second piece of luggage but
talked my first night hotel into storing it.  It would not have fit into
van.

Some minor annoyances:
1. Smokers: even if they smoke far away, their clothes carry the smell for
awhile. I am sensitive to it.  Others were not.

2. Seating: I missed knee room, wiggle room and cupholders. I like having 10
people, a nice sized group, but would pay a little more to get a little more
room. You may miss some good views due to where you are sitting and other's
photography equipment blocking view. We rotated seats daily.I favored the
door side because I could stretch my legs into the well between the seats
and the door.

3.  Cameras:  At leks, we all saw well, however, there were 3 big cameras
onboard that often hogged the window view.  The "papparazi clicking" when
the best birds arrived was annoying.  I like to sit quietly and let the bird
and nature sounds take over. The chickens and grouse make wonderful sounds.
Papparazzi birding was not constant but happened enough to become a bit of a
nuisance. Personally, I feel the tight space of this van does not lend
itself to big photography equipment.  

Overall, this trip provided excellent birding, fun companions and acceptable
degrees of discomfort due to timetables and logistics.  If I had done it
alone, I would have missed a lot of birds and still spent about 75% of what
I paid Mike.  He was certainly worth it for his knowledge and making plans. 




Subject: April Lek-A-Day Colorado with Mike Flieg. Tight van & schedule. Good bargain.
From: "gradydiane AT bellsouth.net" <gradydiane@bellsouth.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2009 17:28:01 -0000
Guide: Mike has done this tour for over 20 years. He knows it all and has good 
contacts to keep him updated on conditions. About $1295.inclusive except meals. 
Share your room or pay an upcharge fo a single. Contact Ornifolks AT sbcglobal.net 



Mike has been all over the world in his 69 years and is a great storyteller. He 
is also a bit crusty at times so enjoy his stories and let some opinions slide 
off your back. (He is a softy and did save an escaped puppy on a dusty backroad 
from roadkill fate.) He brought Alan Sander along, a terrific photographer, 
birder and conversationalist. Be enthusiastic and flexible for this group. We 
were a congenial mix ages 50 to 89! 3 women; 8 men. Mostly world birders who 
knew their stuff and swapped continent stories. Of course this is serendipity. 
A jerk could have been a pain due to the close quarters. I was the least 
experienced or traveled (my first tour) and really enjoyed it. I am a 63 year 
old grandmother, recently widowed, who felt very comfortable and entertained by 
the wonderful birding and people. 


Specific Pluses
We hit almost all TARGETS including grouse, 2 of 3 rosy finches, both prairie 
chickens, 2 of 3 longspurs, mountain plover. Only missed WT ptarmigan and black 
rosy finch due to season and weather. No owls but they were not targets. You 
get out of the van alot and have many good chances to see most birds, esp. the 
important ones. 

Many other great sightings every day. I added 11 birds to my lifelist which was 
at 615. We had some very experienced world birders and they were all quite 
happy. 


Logistics
The 15 passenger van was definitely no frills and packed tight with 11 people. 
It is not a comfy trip but certainly not miserable. It is a fast and furious 
Sun to Sat run-for-the birds. 4:00 a.m. wakeups daily. Not strenuous. Not much 
walking or hiking required but the 11,000 feet altitude is an adjustment. We 
zipped from 5000 at Denver to 11,000 at Loveland Pass to 3000 in Wray. Arrive a 
day early and try to acclimate if possible. Limit fluids if you can. Pit stops 
are infrequent and it is embarrassing to keep asking. You'll be glad to fall 
into bed at night. 


Prima Donnas and birding snobs might look elsewhere. If you are infirm, this 
trip is not for you. We had a capable 89 year old, experienced birder, who 
could move pretty well, but had companions with him to assist him. We used nice 
motels 3 nights and scruffy ones 3 nights. Tiny, Elhardt, KA motel was not for 
the squeamish. Lesser prairie chickens were worth it. Mostly fast food at 
lunch, interesting and good local restaurants at night. Pack some water and 
snacks in your one soft duffle. I had a huge rolling duffle from Costco. I was 
not the only one. Some guys had a big backpack and a small duffle. Duffles and 
scopes take up ALL the storage room. Your daypack/backpack will have to go on 
your lap or under seat and you are already squeezed against your neighbor. You 
may not be able to get into your duffle during day so plan your daypack 
carefully. 


Wear the SAME clothes daily LAYERED because we went from freezing high 
altitude, windy snow to 85 degree on the prairie. Everyone seemed to have sage 
or beige or brown . Everyone did it. I suggest: 

deoderant, smart wool hiking sox, lightweight,vented long sleeve shirt, long 
sleeve lightweight thermal shirt, lightweight fleece jacket or quilted vest, 
goretex type lined waterproof good windbreaker with tie up HOOD, stretch cargo 
pants of tight weave. Add a knit HAT, hiking boots, gloves, and sunglasses. At 
some point you will be wearing all of this then strip down to pants and shirt. 
I also brought one short sleeve cotton shirt. Alarm clock since the scruffy 
motels may not have one. Cell phones worked everywhere. I packed a laptop and 
had wifi in all but Elkhardt hotel. I overpacked with a second set of unneeded 
hiking boots because I was afraid to ruin the trip if one pair got soaked. I 
had travel clothes in a second piece of luggage but talked my first night hotel 
into storing it. It would not have fit into van. 


Some minor annoyances:
1. Smokers: even if they smoke far away, their clothes carry the smell for 
awhile. I am sensitive to it. Others were not. 


2. Seating: I missed knee room, wiggle room and cupholders. I like having 10 
people, a nice sized group, but would pay a little more to get a little more 
room. You may miss some good views due to where you are sitting and other's 
photography equipment blocking view. We rotated seats daily.I favored the door 
side because I could stretch my legs into the well between the seats and the 
door. 


3. Cameras: At leks, we all saw well, however, there were 3 big cameras onboard 
that often hogged the window view. The "papparazi clicking" when the best birds 
arrived was annoying. I like to sit quietly and let the bird and nature sounds 
take over. The chickens and grouse make wonderful sounds. Papparazzi birding 
was not constant but happened enough to become a bit of a nuisance. Personally, 
I feel the tight space of this van does not lend itself to big photography 
equipment. 


Overall, this trip provided excellent birding, fun companions and acceptable 
degrees of discomfort due to timetables and logistics. If I had done it alone, 
I would have missed alot of birds and still spent about 75% of what I paid 
Mike. He was certainly worth it for his knowledge and making plans. 



Subject: Peru and Kolibri Expeditions
From: "manisteepanama" <tanager AT manistee.com>
Date: Tue, 07 Apr 2009 15:23:43 -0000
Just finished a highly rewarding, scenic and adventurous trip in Peru with 
Kolibri Expeditions. Had several guides including Gunnar Engbloom the owner, 
and guides Alejandro, Thomas, Yuri, and especially Alex Durand. All guides were 
excellent, they knew their birds, were equipped to call them out and led me to 
some places that you could tell were known only by experience to be the best 
place to find difficult species. 

Especially rewarding was a short trip to find Humboldt Penguin in a place that 
another birding group encountered on the trip said was not possible. They were 
there, dozens of them cavorting in the surf just below our perch on a 
cliff-side site that I would never have thought was possible to see penguins. 


BA
Subject: Re:Quick tours Miami
From: "Donald Lewis" <donlewis AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2009 16:32:38 -0700
For a Miami guide, try Larry Manfredi  http://www.southfloridabirding.com/

He is a professional bird guide and I can recommend him. He gets busy in April, 
however, if that's your timing. 


Don Lewis
Lafayette, CA
donlewis AT comcast.net

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Subject: Quick tours Miami
From: "manisteepanama" <tanager AT manistee.com>
Date: Mon, 09 Mar 2009 17:45:21 -0000
I have a six hour lay-over at Miami airport during an upcoming trip. Does 
anyone know of a quick tour for some of the local specialty birds like 
Spot-breasted Oriole, Chevron-winged Parakeet, etc? 


Thanks,

BA
Subject: re: New Zealand birding
From: JLobel AT aol.com
Date: Fri, 06 Mar 2009 18:46:24 -0500
We used Kiwi Wildlife to help organize our self-guided tour a few years ago and 
they did very well for us. We developed the route with them, they then made 
reservations for the pelagic trips, kiwi excursions, hotels, rental cars, 
parks, and so forth. They also provided detailed maps & directions. 




They were helpful, quick to respond, flexible, reasonably priced, and friendly: 
all you could hope for. I'd use them again and recommend them unreservedly. 





We did not speak to any of the other companies so I can't comment on them.




There is also a great deal of info on the web about NZ; one of the sites that 
helped us squeeze a lot into a few brief weeks was this one for driving 
distances and travel times: 



http://www.newzealand.com/travel/destinations/new-zealand-map/interactive_map_home.cfm 






It's a great place with everything you could ask for: fantastic birds, people, 
scenery, food & wine, and it's really easy to get around, though distances and 
travel times are long. You'll like it! 






Good luck,

John Lobel

Sherman Oaks, CA





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Subject: New Zealand birding
From: "Karen Rosenbaum" <benkaren AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Fri, 06 Mar 2009 05:14:48 -0000
We've read one very positive review of Manu tours. We're interested in other 
experiences with New Zealand birding groups--in particular, Naturequest, 
Wrybill, and Kiwi Wildlife. We are considering a fall 2009 trip. Thanks for 
sharing any NZ birding tips! 

Subject: Tenerife
From: "paul522460" <paul AT tropicbird.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2009 11:56:48 -0000
Can anybody recommend a guide for the island of Tenerife to enable the 
sighting of the endemics. Thanks in anticipation

Paul
Subject: Costa Rica guide recommendation
From: "ljhugs" <Rsand14592 AT aol.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2009 23:54:07 -0000
I just returned from a wonderful trip led by Noel Urena with Sunny
Feathers.  There was a group of 13 birders and I think he did an
admirable job of getting the birds for us.  I have been on trips with
many other leaders and he is my favorite.  Plus, the accommodations,
food were all great and the price was quite reasonable. Despite having
to deal with a devastating earthquake, the trip went smoothly. 
He can be reached at noel AT costaricabirdingtours.com or tel:
+506-2771-9686.   
Subject: FONT (Focus on Nature) tours?
From: "Karen Rosenbaum" <benkaren AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2008 18:57:06 -0000
Does anyone have any experience with this tour company--especially its Japanese 
tours? We 

have found one very negative review of Armas Hill's FONT trip to South America. 
We are 

considering a birding trip to Japan, and FONT offers one of the few spring 
trips to that 

country. Can anyone recommend another tour company that takes birders to Japan 
in the 

spring?
Subject: Ocho Rios -Jamaica
From: "paul522460" <paul AT tropicbird.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2008 16:36:07 -0000
My son has decided fortunately to get married in Ocho Rios next 
September and I am lokkoing for a guide for a days birding around the 
area.
Does anyone know such a guide?

Many thanks

Paul Gaffan 

Subject: Caligo Ventures Trinidad and Tobago
From: "wendydreskin" <wendydreskin AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2008 19:57:03 -0000
   I went to Trinidad and Tobago in June on a Caligo Ventures trip.  
Our group was small (6 people) and the guides were excellent.  I was 
unhappy with the mood-making in the itinerary.  Birding in 
a "wetland" turned out to mean a sewage pond.  We did see the 
promised birds, but it was hardly a natural setting.  "Lowland 
savannah" turned out to be an old World War II runway in an area 
where a large Tech Mall is under construction.  Again, we saw the 
promised birds, but it was far from what we expected from the 
description, and the itinerary had us going there 3 times! (The group 
opted out of the third time.) We were taken to very garbage-filled 
beaches (seems to be the norm in Trinidad)with no idea this might not 
be our idea of a pleasant place for lunch or birding. 
     If you have any compunction about use of recordings to call in 
birds, this tour is not for you. The guides make heavy use of 
recordings. 
     Another caveat - tide-pooling was listed on the itinerary but 
the guide didn't know the most common shells (and didn't seem aware 
there was any expectation he'd know them), and Caligo represented 
that the guides were all around nature guides who could identify 
butterflies (and lizards, plants, etc) but this was generally not the 
case.  
     Check if the van you'll be in has seatbelts for all passengers 
if that is important to you.  Don't assume, as we did, it will have 
them. Drivers were good drivers. 
    In summary, you probably will get to see the birds mentioned in 
the write-up, but mostly in unpristine settings (2 sewage ponds, 
roadsides, garbage-filled canals and beaches). The Asa Wright Center 
itself has very nice trails and the birding from the veranda, looking 
down on the platforms where they put bread and fruit, is delightful. 
We also enjoyed the oilbird cave although only 2 or 3 people at a 
time can go in (and we were part of a larger group here) so each 
person gets a very short glimpse. The forest reserve in Tobago where 
we spent part of a day is primary rainforest, preserved in the 1780s. 
Unless you are looking for a target species you can't find elsewhere, 
there are many places with much more pleasant birding surroundings 
than Trinidad.  
Subject: Sonir Bekir
From: "paul522460" <paul AT tropicbird.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 04 Aug 2008 21:34:08 -0000
Does anyone have the current mail address for Sonir Bekir of Bird 
Guides Turkey? I am trying to contact him prior to the British 
Birdwatching Fair.

Thanks in anticipation

Paul Gaffan
Subject: Birding guide for Yellow Rail?
From: justlookitup <justlookitup AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2008 21:06:12 -0000

A friend is seeking a birding guide to help him find a Yellow Rail,
mostly likely in the Gulf Coast area. He can travel the week of March
16-20. If anyone can recommend someone, please email Bill Cook at
cook AT sunyagcc.edu. Thanks!

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Subject: Tipping birding guides?
From: feather4851 <dmarsh2 AT columbus.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2008 16:19:03 -0000
We will be staying at a Central American eco-resort and using the
resident guides. I believe they are basically paid room and board and
tips. How much is the usual tip per person per day for the guides and
for a driver (if there is a separate driver)? I really appreciate any
information you can give. Thanks!!

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Subject: Tropical Birding, northwest Ecuador, five stars
From: leona6308 <leona6308 AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2008 13:18:21 -0000
A friend and I booked a private tour with Tropical Birding in early
January. I chose the
itinerary based on descriptions in their catalog. I had been to this
part of Ecuador several
times, and I still needed some life birds.

Our guide was José Illanes, a young but experienced, very
knowledgeable birder. He has
superior spotting and listening skills, and he was able to get a
scope on most of the birds he
found. I was very pleased that he worked hard to get me the life
birds I wanted to see most.

We stayed at Tandayapa Lodge, which was very comfortable and provided
easy access to the
top birding areas at that elevation. Our other hotel was the Mirador
Río Blanco in Los
Bancos, at a much lower elevation. The rooms were comfortable, and
with the exception of
the loud party across the street one of the nights we were there, it
was an acceptable place to
stay. In my opinion the food was mediocre, though my companion would
give it a higher
rating. The advantage of staying there rather than in Mindo is that
it is very close to Milpe
bird sanctuary, one of the top birding sites, and also closer to Río
Silanche reserve.

We are intending to book another private tour with this organization.
We felt the price was
very reasonable for the quality of experience we had.

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Subject: New Zealand birding
From: justlookitup <justlookitup AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2008 23:20:47 -0000
If anyone's looking for New Zealand birding guides, we highly
recommend
Manu Tours, based in New Zealand. We saw their ad in the ABA's
newsletter "Winging It," and via e-mail, they customized the perfect
trip for us. We spent three weeks touring around the South Island,
Stewart Island, and North Island two winters ago, with Manu's Tony
Wilson and Wendy Hare. We've been on many, many birding tours. These
folks were organized, easy to get along with, and excellent birders.
New Zealand is one of the most ideal places in the world: the species
list isn't big, but the habitat is extremely diverse and the scenery
spectacular. Manu does other Pacific islands too; we hope to set up a
tour with them again for Solomon Islands and Australia sometime.

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Subject: Ricardo Matus, Punta Arenas, 5 Stars
From: "Peter Ginsburg" <pagins AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 05 Feb 2008 16:56:38 -0000