Asia birdwatching guides and tours
Should you only need a guide for a day please send a message to Sopheap.
The Sam Veasna Center for Wildlife Conservation arranged a hassle-free birding trip to search for the endangered Giant and White-shouldered Ibises. Reliable and comfortable vehicles took us to the village of Tmatboey, where we had basic lodging (no electricity or plumbing)** and good meals, all arranged by the community. The knowledgeable and friendly local guides took us out early in the morning and easily found our target species. A host of other interesting birds, including Pale-capped Pigeons and Great Slaty Woodpeckers, was also seen. The trip was very well run and we were glad to see this small, rural community profit from our visit. A wonderful, memorable time was had by all.
** WCS has built a new eco-lodge for tourist in Tmatboey, there are 3 bungalows (the 4th is coming), 2 rooms for each bungalows, and 2 single beds in each room with bathroom attached and solar power.
I spent almost two weeks in Cambodia, birding with Sophal, in February 2007 and his punctuality, good humour, enthusiasm for birds, and ability to cope with all organizational eventualities were remarkable. As a guide, I would recommend him.
We really enjoyed our guide Sopheap who was so enthusiastic about the birds and wanted to show us every species of note in Cambodia. ' The local guide at Tmatboey worked very hard as well; after we had been out all day, he went out in the evening trying to find the white shouldered ibis for the next day's birding.
Talking of working hard, the two women who prepared our meals seemed to work around the clock. Their day started at 3:30AM and lasted till well after dark. Their effort to provide vegetarian fare was much appreciated '
We were quite impressed with how the birding has helped the village of Tmatboey with the rebuilding of the main street and the employment opportunity for the young women who had cold drinks for sale after we had been out birding in the heat. The drinks made the heat bearable.
Cambodia, which we decided on as an afterthought, was a very enjoyable part of our trip and I would recommend it as an integral part of any South East Asia tour, birding or otherwise. Now, if they would only finish the road from Thailand to Siem Reap. Thanks again for all your efforts and our best wishes to Sopheap.
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Should you only need a guide for a day please send a message to Bopanna.
I recently completed a short business trip from the US to Bangalore, and wanted to have day's birding in the area. Bopanna was the perfect match for my needs, offering short and longer guided outings that would be impossible to organize independently. Pre-trip contact and organization was smooth and informative, and arrangements easy to set up and schedule. I was picked up on-time by my guide for the day, Bopanna, whose approach, knowledge, and companionship made for a superb day in the Nandi Hills and surrounding area. We spent a full day birding and managed to see over 100 species including most of the expected birds and a few endemics. The day exceeded my expectations in every way, a great experience with wonderful birds and scenery, and Bopanna's friendly approach ensuring that it was comfortable and enjoyable.
I can highly recommend Bopanna, and I'm looking forward to being able to take a longer birding trip in the near future.
Simon Lane, Chatham, NJ, USA. simon_c_lane(AT)hotmail.com
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Should you only need a guide for a day please send a message to Sunil.
I had visited Nainital for bird photography from 16th March to 20th March. I must say, I was fortunate to have Sunil with me. Sunil knows his birds, and also their calls. His identification is near instant. He knows all the hot-spots. Most importantly however, especially from a bird photographer’s point of view, is his quality of extreme patience. There were times where I got rooted to a spot for hours on end to get that right shot, and Sunil just sat through it patiently and cheerfully. I would recommend his services to everyone, who intends to go birding around Nainital.
Parag Joshi. Baroda, Gujarat, India.
We had a very good day's bird spotting with Sunil, in spite of the rain. Sunil knows where all the good birds are and eyes like a hawk.
Andy Anderson and Ben Blewitt, AA Birding and Travel (Australia)
We spent an excellent morning bird watching around Snow View and Fairlight with Sunil. He immediately started finding interesting birds and took us on a wild path through the forest. He was very knowledgeable, not only about birds, but also pointed out all the peaks. Among the birds he showed us were, Black Eagle, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Brown-headed Woodpecker, Greater Yellownape, Rufous Sibia, Bar-tailed Tree Creeper, Streaked Laughing Thrush, Striated Laughing Thrush, Rufous-crowned Laughing Thrush, White-throated Laughing Thrush, Nepal House Martin, Long-tailed Minwet (to name but a few).
James Champion (My father was a conservator of forests in Nainital in 1930-40). Personally I want to thank you for a wonderful birding experience, a lovely sunrise over the Himalayas and very interesting talks on the trails. Nigel Champion, UK.
We came to Nainital from far away, not to honeymoon but to birdwatch. Had we not met Sunil by accident, we may not have achieved the purpose of our week long visit. Sunil was a great help in getting us to the few places where the hard to locate birds can be found. Sunil can identify these birds by their vocalisations before he sees them. We consider Sunil an expert birding guide and now also a friend. India can and should be proud of such a fine young man. Thank you Sunil, thank you India for your beautiful birds.
Birdingpals Alicia and Dieter Kamm, Sierra Vista, Arizona
Sunil has the complete set of everything that makes a bird Guide perfect. His knowledge of local birdlife (including call's, habitat,ages,sexes,etc.)is excellent for all species. His English is really top notch, he is personable, friendly, affordable,and very cool and relaxed. Sunil also knows about all the local' Furnies' (Mammals, Barking deers, Serow, Goral, Himalayan marten etc.). Above all Sunil is exeeding reasonably priced. You couln't ask for more in a birding Guide. He is by far best birding Guide, I have had in all of India (and I've been birding here for 5 months). James Lambert (England).
October-2011 - Birding with Sunil and Pangot. After couple of hours with Sunil, it becomes quite obvious, that he is into birding passionately. This is one guy who is into birding, learning, reading, nature whether there is a client or not. He exists for birds! He can tell avian friends by their call & will ID the bird in one glance from a moving car. Polite & modest, Sunil is a pleasure to have around. He is an unobtrusive discreet guide, who works with typical dignity & poise of the mountain people. A few more like him and my country’s birds would in good hands. God Bless. Rajesh & Ritu (India).
8.12.11 - Had a brilliant day looking for Pheasants and other birds. Sunil knows the area very well and knows the birds call. He got quite a few new birds, that I would not have found without him. I would recommend him to any birdes and bird tour company, who are looking for a guide in this area. Sunil is easy to get along with and speaks better English than me. Rab Shand, Ornithologest, Scotland.
7.2.12 - Two special days, Special bird’s, Cheer Pheasant, Koklass and Hill Partridge. I must add that we had 2 very good days of birds. Sunil knows the trails where you can find some of the ‘Specials’. He willalso organize a car, so Nainital area will be stress free. Sunil is easy going and speaks good English and local language making easy to travel around. If you come around plesae take him to guide you. Alberto Garcia Rlos, Ibiza, Spain. Euggni capella, Barcelona,CAT.
February 1-10, 2013
I found Sunil Kumar on the Birdingpal Guides page and asked him if he could arrange a private 10-day trip for me through the Ramnagar–Pangot–Nainital area, which he readily agreed to, and we soon had dates, itinerary and cost worked out via email—which we followed without a hitch. Sunil is a very reliable organizer as well as an excellent birder and an extremely resourceful, hardworking advisor. Everything happened in its time and how it was supposed to, from my being picked up at my Delhi hotel to my return there ten days later.
I was immediately impressed at his generous personality and how personally he took responsibility for anticipating my needs and desires, right down to our tea stops, packed lunches, and hot water supplies, and for providing a maximal birding experience every moment. I am a rather indefatigable hiker, used to long days in the field, but Sunil led our expedition right to the end and was never ready to give up until I did. He is an outstanding birder; he doesn't carry a field guide, but he can tell you the page that the bird is on in the one you're carrying.
I soon discovered that Sunil has a broader knowledge of the natural and historical India around him than just the birds, as he also plans trips for trekkers and other sightseers as well as birders, and he was a wealth of information on many things we saw in passing.
Frankly, Sunil has become a friend whose pleasant companionship I already miss, and I think you will feel the same.
Charles Harper, Yokohama, Japan
We had the great pleasure of using Sunil as a guide for three days when bird watching at Nainital and area between 11th and 13th January 2013. We found Sunil to be a brilliant guide who really knew his birds and where to find them. His knowledge of the bird calls was truly impressive and helped us to enjoy many excellent sightings. Sunil’s ability is right up there with the best of bird guides. We have used many professional bird guides in various countries and found Sunil to be the equal of most and better than many and would thoroughly recommend Sunil as a guide to any serious bird watcher.
Furthermore Sunil was a very pleasant and likeable guide who spared no trouble in trying to find as many birds as he could. He had endless patience especially with me (Roly) when I could not get onto a bird. If bird watching in the Nainital area I would say use no other guide than Sunil.
This is an unsolicited testimonial and I would be happy to reply to anyone considering using Sunil’s service at birders(AT)adam.com.au
Roly Lloyd and Dr Robert Sothman Adelaide South Australia
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Should you only need a guide for a day please send a message to Peter.
Firstly a big thank you for your excellent logistics and guiding in NE India. Everyone has genuinely gone away with very positive feelings about the trip and most of us are looking forward to the opportunity to return.
Chris Bradshaw, United Kingdom, 2006 - chris(AT)northkentbirding.freeserve.co.uk
First of all, we thank you so much for your kind cooperation during our birding shooting in North Bengal. It was really so nice of you that you have spared your precious time for us.. It was also a great experience for all of us. We are really impressed to know how you distinguish the sound of different birds, and your large knowledge about wild lives...!
Toko Miyasato, Japan, 2007 - toko-m(AT)gf6.so-net.ne.jp
Thanks for organizing a great trip again. I thought Nagaland was a fantastic place with good habitat that would generate further exploration. Thanks also for the generous hospitality in your home, I liked Kalimpong very much.
Nick Senior, United Kingdom, 2007 - ncksnr(AT)yahoo.co.uk
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Should you only need a guide for a day please send a message to Nurlin.
If you go to Sulawesi you must get in touch with Nurlin Djuni, he is the best guide in the area and has all the contacts to source mammal sites if he doesn’t know them himself. He is originally from Palu but works all over Sulawesi, nearby islands and I think Irian Jaya as well. The only world-class birding guide we had was Nurlin Djuni. Nurlin joined us for our few days on Halmahera and a day on Ternate. He helped us find most of our target birds fairly quickly and I had the feeling that any extra days on Halmahera would have been frustratingly slow in terms of new birds found.
Steve Anyon-Smith, NSW, Australia firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you so much again for the most enjoyable and productive birding trip to your islands. I appreciate all your help and taking care of us. The whole trip was beautiful in addition to the excitement of all the birds. I also thoroughly enjoyed our day at the island with the snorkeling, exploring the island and the great food.
The surprise concert on our last night was terrific! I loved all of it. Please thank Eddie for me for the rich snorkeling experience.
Pearl S. Jordan, Lakewood, Colorado psjordan11(AT)comcast.net
I still think about our terrific trip everyday. I just finished entering all the bird data into my computer. The final total for me was 181 birds and 116 new birds (+/- a few lies).
Travis MacClendon, Blountstown, Florida, USA travismac(AT)wfeca.net
As for Nurlin's tours, they are both top-flight and a lot of fun. He has professional bird books and knows his birds so well. He treks in places that I am too old to cover, but the places he took me had different endemic birds and he identified them all.
Sense of humor and warmness. This guy, maybe around 30 now, is so outgoing and understands foreigners. He has a guitar which he lugs around and sings some funny songs in both English and his native Bahasa Indonesia, not to mention his dialect of Kaili from his native village on Sulawesi.
Experience--I first met him when he was an English teacher at a language center in Palu, Central Sulawesi.
Flexible--I asked him to guide my cycling tour customers for the trekking portion, and he was the highlight of their trip. I could not compete in any way. They loved everything he did and said.
He is very patient and hard-working. I watched as he etched black crayon off of a poster he had drawn underneath, all done by hand. He has trekked for days into places I wouldn't imagine going, but the younger bird-watchers loved it. He will work day and night for you.
He loves his family. Everything he does, he does for the people of his village, though he himself remains poor and humble. He is one of the most thoughtful people I have ever met.
Richard Fuller, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam richjf2001(AT)yahoo.com
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Should you only need a guide for a day please send a message to Mark.
Should you only need a guide for a day please send a message to Kaz.
We had never been to Hokkaido prior to our visit in mid-March 2010 and Mark not only provided us with an incredible tour of the wildlife that eastern Hokkaido has to offer, but he did so with an amazing passion for what he does and more importantly the Japanese culture. On our two day visit we were able to see a multitude of birds including the Hokkaido's specialties; Steller's Sea Eagle, Japanese Cranes in various settings (walking across sheets of ice, in the early morning mist, at feeding sites, etc), Blakiston's Fish Owl, and Ural Owl among lots of other great birds and dramatic scenery. This combined with immersing us into the Japanese culture with options to stay at traditional Japanese inns/hot springs and trying the local cuisine, we truly felt like we received the true Hokkaido experience.
We highly recommend Mark as a bird guide for the Hokkaido region as he will undoubtedly provide you with an experience in which you will see some of the most amazing birds and wildlife that Hokkaido has to offer and he will do so with an unbelievable passion that will allow you to truly appreciate the unique Japanese way of life.
Take care and hope to see you soon.
Murray Jukes, USA Murray.Jukes(AT)PoloRalphLauren.com
In mid-October Gillian and I spent a magical four days (October 13-17) with Mark Brazil and his partner Mayumi Kanamura. Our itinerary took us up to northeastern Hokkaido to Lake Tofutso and the Shiretoko Peninsula as well as to Tokachi Plain near Kushiro and the Nopporo Forest near Sapporo. We also had an amazing pelagic trip out of Oshiichi on the Pacific coast near Nemuro.
Mark Brazil is a superb guide in every way, and we had a wonderful time with Mayumi and him. It was our first time ever in Japan and we were introduced to Japanese life and birds in an instructive and delightful way.
The arrangements for the trip were perfect and a sign of Mark's consummate professionalism. All the arrangements fell into place throughout our four days. We stayed in excellent minshuku in Rausu and Lake Furen where the accommodation was both authentic and comfortable and the food in both places absolute feasts of Japanese cuisine. The fish and seafood were out of this world.
These four days of birding in Hokkaido with Mark and Mayumi were among the happiest and most productive birding experiences of our lives. Martin Bowman, Canada pict(AT)riverlink.ca
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Should you only need a guide for a day please send a message to Weng Chun and Terence.
For those of you who are looking for a birding guide to Peninsular Malaysia, you can’t go wrong with Cheong Weng Chun. He is knowledgeable, organized and passionate about birding and we thoroughly enjoyed our trip with him. He is very knowledgeable in all aspects of the natural history of Malaysia and he introduced us to the local Malaysian culture. We had the opportunity to travel to Singapore during Christmas week 2011 and visit Peninsular Malaysia in the first week of 2012. Being avid birders, we wanted to spend some quality time in Malaysia birding. After much internet searching and advice from fellow birders, I found Weng Chun via the Birdingpal site, and our adventure began. Weng Chun met us at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport early on a January morning, and before we knew it we were off on what turned out to be a very successful five-day trip. Our first stop was at Paya Indah Wetland where we had a good start with many birds that are fairly common in Malaysia but entirely new to us. Highlights were the Changeable Hawk-Eagle, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, and Chestnut-winged Cuckoo. Then off to Kuala Selangor and the paddy fields, where we spent several hours finding raptors, munia, swallows, swifts and many others. The highlight of this area for us were the Cinnamon Bittern, the large flock of white-headed munia and the multitudes of Black-shouldered Kites. At the Taman Alam Nature Reserve, we explored mangroves and found Greater Flameback Woodpecker, Mangrove Blue Flycatcher and Mangrove Whistler. The next two and a half days found us in Fraser’s Hill, a welcome respite from the lowland heat. This delightful area was not only picturesque and beautiful, but we found many many birds here. Highlights included Red-bearded Bee-eater, Yellow-vented Green-pigeon, Green Magpie, Slaty-backed Forktail, Lesser Shortwing, Pygmy Wren-babbler, Rufous Piculet, Great Hornbill, Asian Fairy-bluebird and too many others to mention. We then spent one more day in the Hulu Langat area, birding along back roads and in a lowland forest reserve, where we found Crow-billed Drongo, Hodgson’s Hawk-Cuckoo, Temminck’s Sunbird, and Black-and-Yellow Broadbill. All in all we identified 197 birds during our time with Weng Chun, greatly exceeding our expectations. And best of all we made a new friend. We heartily recommend visiting Malaysia and employing Weng Chun as your guide. Sue & Ed, Massachusetts, USA
Dear Cheong, Thank you for an outstanding 5 days of bird/butterfly watching and nature photography. Your knowledge of birds was excellent, and I greatly appreciate your attention to the smallest details of the trip. I also appreciate your enthusiasm around natural history in general. My favorite was the Sunda Colugo (flying lemur) - I never knew such an animal existed, and this supposedly noctural creature was delightfully active for us.
Feel free to pass on my name and e-mail address as a reference. I can recommend you highly to anyone interested in birdwatching and general natural history.
Roger Rittmaster, M.D. North Carolina, USA hutchins.rittmaster(AT)verizon.net
Cheong is a great guy. Very friendly and knowledgeable in birds and jungle environment. To me - coming from cold Scandinavia - it was great to be shown so many birds and have such an entertaining day. Cheong is also witty and funny which did make the day even more fun. Highly recommended - will contact again next time I am in Asia.
Thomas Hagstrom thomas.hagstrom(AT)comdatsec.com
Just a quick note of thanks for arranging the tour to Frasers Hill. I enjoyed it very much. There were 8 lifers in that for me. Hope to bird with you again later this year. Richard Carden (Japan)
Let me take this opportunity to thank you for the wonderful time that I had in Kuala Selangor and Fraser's Hill. I was impressed by your focus on customer service. It appeared that customer service comes naturally to you. Your attention for details was amazing. Within that short span of time, I could watch and photograph a number of species of birds and monkeys. Before coming to Malaysia, I had never photographed sunbirds. With you on my side, I felt that photographing such a fast species became easier. Thanks for all your help. Sabyasachi Patra (India)
Weng Chun provided a wonderful service. I have a slipped disc, so I could not lift anything. Without his excellent help and consideration, this trip would be impossible. He handled my luggage, showed me the birds, and even took photos for me. He is fun to be with. Dr. Robert Dix (USA), rdix2002(AT)yahoo.com
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Last year we (11 participants from Germany) had a wonderfull birdwatching tour in central Mongolia (24 days, 3 cars, 2400 km, 200 bird species). Dr. Sundev Gombobaatar was our professional birdwatching guide. He is an excellent ornithologist and was a good guide (dependable, hardworking, astute, punctual).
Bernd Nicolai. nicolai(AT)halberstadt.de Museum Heineanum, Halberstadt, Germany www.heineanum.de
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Should you only need a guide for a day please send a message to Thet and Lay Win .
Dear Mr Thet Zaw Naing,
We enjoyed very much our three weeks trip to Myanmar in December 2009. Thank you very much for all the arrangements, which were beyond all our expectations. We had a very good combination of birdwatching and culture with perfect balance (more on birds). After the trip we could not think of anything, which could have been done better. During the tour we had all the time a feeling that we were traveling with a friend rather than a hired guide. As a bonus the friend was an expert on birds especially on bird voices.
The sum of bird species in our trip list was 297. The result is more than satisfactory considering our trip was not only for birdwatching. The highlight of our trip was, of course, Mount Victoria with its endemics and the future endemic full species when all the splitting is done. In my opinion Mt Victoria can be compared to any of the well known hot spots of SE Asia. There were no crowds and hazzle in the mountain, which gave us the illusion that the whole mountain was just for us. After some years there will surely be many groups birdwatching at the same time.
Looking forward to see you next year.
Markku and Anne (Finland) markku.tunturi(AT)dnainternet.net
I wish to commend wholeheartedly Thet Zaw Naing as an excellent tour manager, and also to recommend him for tours into the remotest parts of Myanmar. From 2003 to 2007 my several expeditions to north, central, south and south-west parts of Myanmar to look for birds and their habitats which is organized by Thet. Without his sharp eyes and excellent knowledge of birds and nature we would not have been able to record so many different species. As well as being thoroughly professional in his work, Thet Zaw Naing is a most pleasing companion. The success of the expeditions and my enjoyment of it were due in no small measure to him. I recommend his service without reservation, and would be happy to discuss my experience with any who would like additional information regarding my personal experience with him.
Joost van der Ven, Daru Ltd. Netherlands, javdv(AT)kpnplanet.nl
It is my pleasure to express my great appreciation for the efficient and considerate service of Ko Thet Zaw Nyaing and to recommend him without hesitation. I have worked in Myanmar for ten years and have known Thet Zaw Nyaing since then. He was, in fact, a key component in the establishment of the Myanmar Bird and Nature Society and has continued to be a major influence in its good development. Thet Zaw Nyaing has accompanied me on numerous birding expeditions, including trips to search for endemic species (always successful), and in one instance, we discovered a species not before seen in the particular area we were visiting. Thet's knowledge of Myanmar birds and their habitat, his background, his ability to spot, and his always friendly attitude combine to make him among the best bird guides in the region. Thet Zaw Nyaing continues his scientific study of birds in Myanmar and has been awarded various grants by international organizations to continue his work. He devotes his time and energy not only to the scientific and birdwatching communities, but also to conservation and education among students and his fellow countrymen and women. It is my honor to give my full recommendation of this dedicated young man.
Brenda Davidson-Shaddox, San Antonio, Texas USA. stonflower(AT)aol.com
Thet Zaw Naing provided expert guidance for our birding trips to a number of sites across Myanmar (Burma) in 2006, including Mount Victoria in the Southern Chin State. He located numerous rare species for us, including a significant number of endemics and near-endemics. We were delighted to see several White-browed Nuthatches, and enjoyed an excellent view of Red-faced Liocichla emerging from low vegetation only a couple of feet away. In all we identified over 100 species, the majority of which were new to us.Without Thet's encyclopaedic knowledge, sharp eyes, and knowledge of both the terrain and the birds' habitual behaviours, we would have seen only a fraction of these birds. We quickly realized that Thet is a world class ornithologist (arguably the best in Myanmar) and we felt privileged to have him as our bird guide. We have no hesitation in saying that he is the perfect companion for the expert birder. One might reasonably expect him to be impatient with novice bird watchers, but this is not the case at all - even when bird names were forgotten for the fifth time, he patiently supplied the identification. In our view, whether you are a back-garden amateur bird watcher or an inveterate twitcher, Thet will ensure that you have an excellent time bird watching in Myanmar.
Anne Redston and David Earle, Devon, England. anne.redston(AT)virgin.net
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We have been with Shankar on 2 trips to Nepal (Lowlands and Langtang Trek), 2 trips to India (South India & Andamans and northern India) and one to Sri Lanka. Where ever we go to with Shankar, he is a great companion and excellent bird guide and his organizing skills always very helpful. He is without doubt one of the best guides we ever had the honour to travel with, his brilliance in the field is outstanding, his knowledge of the birds and their vocalization exceptional. Shankar has a great enthusiasm for nature and birds and never gets tired to show us as many birds as possible. We can only highly recommend him and are proud to call him friend. Manfred and Petra Rank, Germany
I can thoroughly recommend Shankar Tiwari for birding tours to Nepal and other Countries. He is an excellent bird guide and a very kind, considerate person. He leads tours with ease and is helpful and personable. I have been with him birding in Nepal, Malaysia and India on several occasions and I have traveled with many other bird guides and he is one of the best, he knows his country well and the birds also. Roger A. Dodds, England
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Should you only need a guide for a day please send a message to Rommel.
Rommel Cruz has guided me on several occasions. The most important was a visit to South Palawan in 2007. Tourist infrastructure is not existing in that area, so a good guide is absolutely necessary. The reason to visit the area was to check the activities of the wardens of the Rizal project of Katala Foundation. The area still has a good population of birds nesting in cavities: Blue-naped Parrot, Hill Myna, Palawan Hornbill and a few Philippine Cockatoos. Without garding everything would be poached and sold for the pet trade.
Transport and accommodation with the local people was arranged without any problem. Rommel was able to combine his job and to bring me to the different places I wanted to see.
My experience with Rommel as a guide is, that he will arrange everything as good as possible, he sees it as his responsibility to take care of his guest. His English is very good, he is able to understand the wishes of his guests and to communicate about it. If you want to see a special bird, he will give you a honest answer about where, when and how much chance. This is very important in a country like Philippines. I have been disappointed with other guides in the Philippines, a lot of promises and costs and not much result. Not with Rommel. Benedict De Laender, Belgium
Rommel has a great knowledge of the birds on Palawan and, more importantly where to see them. He will organize bird trips to your specification and speaks excellent English. He is courteous, considerate and anyone using his services will be doing themselves a favor. Kevin J Brewin, Anti Piracy Consultant, ORCHID MARITIME
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Should you only need a guide for a day please send a message to Chandima.
05th Dec to 18th Dec 2010. Jayaweera was the best! Very polite, knowledgeable & helpful. We felt very safe with him & he looked after us very well. We would recommend him to everyone. He passion is wildlife & birds and he knows every single bird in Sri Lanka. He was great company & we`ve thoroughly enjoyed having him as our Driver Guide. Robert & Sarah Harvey-UK
19th Dec 2010 to 09th Jan 2011. Jayaweera was helpful, resourceful and knowledgeable. He is having very good knowledge of birds and wildlife. Stephen and Jane Cotton-UK
Jan and Feb 2011. Thank you for guiding us for 2 weeks in Jan and Feb 2011. Your knowledge and expertise made all the difference to our holiday. We don't really think of ourselves as "birders" because we are interested in all aspects of natural history and culture, so your wide-ranging interests matched ours very well. You were always very patient with us, if we couldn't see something or recognise something we'd seen plenty of times before. You were enthusiastic without being obsessive. You also piloted us round Sri Lanka roads without incident and proved capable of achieving things in hotels, that the hotel staff seemed unable to do. No water in your room? Leave it to Jaya! Our thanks. Stephen and Jane Cotton-UK
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Should you only need a guide for a day please send a message to Simon.
To Whom It May Concern:
It has been my pleasure to have Simon Liao guide for me in Taiwan on two occasions. He is an excellent bird guide, possessing a vast knowledge of the whereabouts of the Taiwanese birds. Simon is fluent in English, has a harismatic personality, and is generous with his time. I have consider myself very fortunate to have had Simon guide for me while in Taiwan.
Sincerely; Michael & Susan Carmody, Legacy Tours, MDCarmody(AT)comcast.net
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Hi Par, I want to thank you for an amazing experience - you worked very hard, and so did I! But, the results were worth it all. My highlights would definitely be the Spoonbilled Sandpiper, Silver Oriole, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, all the Kingfishers, and Stonechat. I thought Khao Yai was fantastic and we will spend more time there next time.
Cheers, K C Choo, Canada, www.kcchoophoto.com
Hello Par and Pank, We enjoyed the trip very much. No commplaint from anyone. Steven like your company service better than from the other company...so He want to go again in December with BirdEco. Do not worry ...we are only 50% birder...So saw so many lifer in this trip and is very happy. I think altogether he spotted about 25 lifers. Steven (sharkspin) got his Indian Roller/Green Bee-eater and Hoopoe....and he have good food so he is very happy. Me? I got many action shot of Gulls and terns in breeding plumage. Also got the Green Bee-eater nest...so I am happy. We had a good time ....and enjoyed having MAC and Pank to be our guide too. I will definately plan another trip to Thailand and will definately use WildBirdEco because of the good service and more importantly ...because of my friends who are WildBirdEco. Or maybe Sharkspin will plan ...he is hooked.
Hilary Hoe, Singapore, www.fleetingvisions.com/
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Thanks again for a wonderful birding trip to Cuc Phuong. I'm sorry for all the time you had to spend searching for trogons and pittas! I was very happy with everything I was able to see. After you left, I got wonderful views of a Pied Falconet very close along that side road, and also of a Racket-tailed Treepie, so I ended up with good looks at both treepie species. We also had good luck with the jacanas - I attach one of the best photos. There was also a young grebe in the same area with an interesting head pattern - almost like a finfoot. I attach a photo for your possible interest. As we left, a large dark duck flew over, headed toward the Van Long reserve area. Definitely a duck, not a cormorant. All I could make out was overall dark color, no contrasting patterns. Perhaps a whistling-duck, but it seemed heavier-bodied. A mystery! Thanks again. If I am ever able to return to Vietnam, I will certainly book another birding trip with you. I hope that will happen! Pepper, July 2013
Wow! That is brilliant Tien. Was it hard to see? I do want to come back to Vietnam to see more primates with you. Do you mind if I add the picture to my blog to tell people? Happy new year to you - I hope everything is going well for you. Jon, January 2013
Dear Mr. Bui Duc Tien, Thanks again for guiding me so proficiently! It has been a great trip so far, and I have learned a lot. Yours very truly, Gary. June 201
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