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My friend and I will be in the Baltimore area from Aug. 1st until the 13th and we'd love to go birding in the early mornings.
We both are long time birders in the Florida Quays but have not been to your area yet.
Water fowl is what we're use to, so we're excited to be traveling to Maryland.
We both can walk a fair bit on a level hike, five hours or so. Do you like to go early?
The hotspots in your area sound great. We'd like to see the Park most but they all sound terrific.
And we were wondering if you had recordings to play.
If your interested in guiding us we'd look forward to meeting you. We can contribute to gas and take you to lunch.
Thank you for being a Pal,
Vince (& Knud)
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Birding Pals July 2nd 2017 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 2nd July - 16th July 2017
and again 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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Birding the Islands of the Caribbean
What could possibly be better than birding on one Caribbean island? Being able to travel to many different Caribbean islands and go birding on all of them!!
My name is Ryan Chenery and I am the Professional BirdingPal Guide for Barbados. In 2017 I will be leading the following 2 Caribbean birding tours of the islands of the Lesser Antilles and Trinidad.
Please see my website www.birdingtheislands.com for detailed itinerary and pricing, and please note that by virtue of your being a BirdingPal you will be entitled to a 5% discount off of the price quoted on my website.
Tour 1: The Perfect Combo
Islands Visited: Barbados, Dominica, St.Lucia and Trinidad
November 19th - November 29th 2017
September 28th - October 7th 2018
Tour 2: Every Endemic in The Lesser Antilles (with optional extension to Trinidad)
Islands visited: Barbados, St. Lucia, Martinique, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat St. Vincent, Grenada and optional extension to Trinidad
February 22nd - March 9th 2018
When you add a large number of critically endangered endemics to a lengthy list of indigenous regional species, a birding trip to the islands of the Lesser Antilles is already guaranteed to yield a host of spectacular species. However, by combining our exploration of these Caribbean Islands with a journey to Trinidad (an island absolutely teeming with over 250 South American species) and by ensuring we are in the region when bird numbers are further saturated by numerous over-wintering North American migrants and this promises to be a very rewarding birding trip indeed. It's the perfect North American, Caribbean and South American birding combo! (Potential for 380 species on Tour 1, and 400+ species on Tour 2).
Join me as we explore secluded cays sheltering huge colonies of seabirds; delve into lush tropical montane and elfin forests - havens for raucous parrots, colourful tanagers, and vibrant hummingbirds; and journey into vast mangrove wetlands and open savannahs, whose intricate ecosystems support some of the richest and most threatened bird life in the Western Hemisphere. Do all of this in the knowledge that during "down time" you will also be able to sit back and relax on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, or go for a swim in warm turquoise waters, bathed in tropical sunshine.
A truly unforgettable birding adventure in paradise awaits...
Join Pals on a Group Tour to the Himalayas!
With Professional Guide Sunil Kumar
March 6th. to March 15th 2017
I used Sunil Kumar as a birdguide in northern India between January 2016.
I was very pleased with Sunil. He is a good guide with sharp eyes. He is on time every day. I trust Sunil 100%.
This is an unsolicited testimonial Sunil Kumar (Nainital, Uttarakhand, India)
October 2016: It was recently our great pleasure to spend 11 days with Sunil in the Kumaon hills (Nainital district). He is passionate about his home district, about nature, and about birding.
Besides being an outstanding bird guide, Sunil is a gracious person who is dedicated to the best interests of his clients. I would certainly be interested in revisiting Uttarakhand with Sunil, but instead of the Kumaon hills in winter, next time will be his summer option to see the nature, birds and outstanding scenery of the high elevation terrain further to the north.
P. Stedman (Calonge, Spain)
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Let's meet in Costa Rica2017 : April 1-13
With Johan Fernandez and Birding CR
We are going to visit:
· Carara National and Tarcoles River
· Cloud Forest and Paramo of Talamanca Mountain range-San Gerardo de Dota-Los Quetzales
· Valley of El General- Southern Pacific foothills
· Carribean Plains- Sarapiqui low lands- La Selva Biological Station.
· Arenal Volcano Area.
· San Vito de Coto Brus. South Pacific foothills of Talamanca.
· Caribbean foothills Rancho Naturalista.
· Rio Frio area. Cano Negro National park.
· Northwest Dry forest. Santa Rosa National Park. Palo Verde National Park.
· North Caribbean region. Tenorio Volcano National Park
Join Pals on a group tour
7 days 6 nights fixed dates Bird Watching
the eastern-most unexplored birding region of Panama
on low budget with a local Birding Pal Guide
Birding Pal guide Gonzalo Horna biography
Dedicated to promote guided bird watching low budget tours with groups and individuals within the country of Panama offering birding itinerary and daily walks to tropical rainforest and freshwater Canal birds.
We specialize in the birding area of Central Panama including Pipeline Road, Metropolitan Nature Park, Panama Viejo y Costa del Este mudflats, Ammo Dump, Old Gamboa Road, Plantation Road, Achiote Road, San Lorenzo National Park.
Visiting also the foothills and highlands east and west of Central Panama like Cerro Azul, Burgayar, Bayano, Altos del Maria, El Valle and to the western most like El Cope, El Chiru and Bayano lake and set of trails to the east.
The 2nd of each December, February, March and April
TOUR ITINERARY: Douala - Kribi - Campo Ma'an - Buea - Kumba - Korup-Nyassoso - Bamenda - Limbe - Douala.
I had discovered early in my career that it is more fulfilling to visitors if knowledge of birds was complemented with information on other forms of wildlife and even culture of the people.
I have also made it a point of duty to understand the state of tourism support facilities like hotels, restaurants, etc; in the areas I am likely to take Pals to.
I trained as a nature interpreter in the Limbe Botanic Garden in the year 2000, as a professional guide on Mount Cameroon by the Mount Cameroon Ecoturism Organization in the year 2000 and 2003 in the university of Buea, as a professional birding guide around the Mount Cameroon region and beyond sponsored by the World Tourism Organization, Cameroon Biodiversity Conservation Society and other organizations in the year 2006 and am recognized by the Ministry of Tourism as a Regional guide in 2006.
- Benjamin Jayin Jomi ("Benji")
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