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R. Sanchez



Maps
HabanaCuba


Available
Anytime

Languages
Spanish, English
Note
I am working on a Cuban birds checklist in German, Italian and French. Birding mainly in Zapata Swamp, and Sierra de los Organos in Pinar del Rio.

Another birding place in Topes de Collantes-Trinidad.

Always looking for endemics birds endangered Bee Hummingbird,Zapata Wren,Zapata Rail, Zapata Sparrow, common Cuban Trogon and Cuban Tody. Specialist in cuban owls, Stygian Owl and Cuban Pygmy Owl, always in Zapata Swamp, Bermejas, Santo Tomas, La Salina and Hatiguanico River. Don't forget interesting Gundlach Hawk, endemic Prey, rare to find in Tesoro Lake, Guama. Pinar del Rio is good for Cuban Solitaire, Cuban Green Woodpecker and Bee Hummingbird.

I recomended Route Fermin Z. Cervera begin La Habana, Botanical Garden, travel East Hatiguanico River, Guama, La Salina, Santo Tomas and Bermejas. Three days, and after Pinar del Rio, Vinales,Soroa, Guira, two days, and finally Guanahacabibes Far West, Cuban Tody, Cuban Trogon, Bee Hummingbird and a lot of endemic lizard anolis and boas, genus Tropidophis.
Area
La Habana Botanical Garden, Zapata Swamp, Sierra de los Organos in Pinar del Rio, Topes de Collantes-Trinidad, Bermejas, Santo Tomas, La Salina and Hatiguanico River, Tesoro Lake, Guama, Vinales,Soroa, Guira,Guanahacabibes Far West

Area Birds
Bee Hummingbird,Zapata Wren,Zapata Rail, Zapata Sparrow, common Cuban Trogon and Cuban Tody, Stygian Owl, Cuban Pygmy Owl, Gundlach Hawk, Cuban Solitaire, Cuban Green Woodpecker and Bee Hummingbird

 
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Arturito Kirkconnell Junior



Maps
HavanaLa HabanaCuba

Available
anytime

Languages
English, Spanish
Birding Pal

Note
Hi, my name is Arturo Kirkconnell Jr, and the one by my side is my father Arturo Kirkconnell, the author of the Field Guide to the Birds of Cuba. He established the actual birding itineraries in Cuba.

I have been birding and travelling through all the country with my father since I was 12 years old participating on his bird research as his field assistant.

The first tour I lead was for British birders eight years ago and since then I've been doing it. At present I am 28 years old and I am working on the bird application for the Cuban Field Guide.

I can show you all of the Cuban endemics, including the Bee Hummingbird (the smallest bird in the World), Blue-headed Quail-Dove, Fernandina's Flicker, among others, also Nearctic and others Neotropical birds that can be found. Also other birds that are best searched for in Cuba like West Indian Whistling Duck, Olive-capped Warbler, Bahama Mockingbird, Thick-billed Vireo and many others.
Birding Pal

Area
Zapata Swamp, Camaguey, Cayo Coco

Area Birds
all of the gettable Cuban endemics and special birds



Orestes Martinez

Maps
Playa LargaMatanzasCuba

Available
Anytime

Languages
English, Spanish
Birding Pal

Note
I arrange tours for groups and individuals. I agree an itinerary with you and then get a price for the services required accommodation, flights (from UK only), car hire, local guides, reserve entrances in any combination from Havanatour UK, a subsidiary of a Cuban tour operator. These services are then booked for you by Havanatour UK who are ATOL bonded for your security. I provide information on finding birds, driving in Cuba, comprehensive directions using Google Earth and any other information you may require. You do not pay for my services as I work on commission for Havanatour. Contact me with no obligation.

Over the course of the last 24 years I have worked with both Chino and Angel as guides with groups of birders, as well as working with them on conservation projects in the Zapata Swamp. They are both superb bird guides who work hard to find the specialities of the area. When I arrive there with a group, I know that they will already have found the best place to see Bee Hummingbird, where the Stygian Owl is roosting and which is the best trail to find quail-doves. I always send individual birders to them because I know that no-one will be disappointed. Essentially, you must (by law) have a guide to bird in the forests and swamps of Zapata and if you want to get the best from your visit, then use Chino or Angel because they are the best you may even get to see the Zapata Rail although I haven'¦ yet!

Feel free to contact me about employing Chino or Angel for your trip and also about the rest of your Cuba tour. Orestes Martinez (El Chino de Zapata)
Birding Pal

Area
the La Turba Area of Zapata Swamp, Vinales

Area Birds
Snail Kites, Yellow Faced and Cuban Grassquit's, Giant King bird, Cuban Emerald, Cuban Trogan, Cuban Black Bird, West Indian wood pecker, Black whiskered Vario
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