April in South Texas is a dynamic, exciting time. This is a fantastic sampler trip that includes south Texas specialties, migrant traps, a boat tour for Whooping Cranes, a day trip to renowned King Ranch, the Concan bat cave, and two nights in Hill Country (where we have never failed to see both Black-capped Vireo and Golden-cheeked Warbler!).
Point Pelee National Park will celebrate is centennial in May, 2018 and you should be there for the fun! I will be offering a variety of day trips focused on repeated views of warblers and other spring songbirds. Unlike the park tours, these are small groups where you will get lots of attention from someone who has birded the park for five decades - not just a few days in May! All day trips include a FREE COPY OF MY PELEE BIRD BOOK!
This late spring trip to the prairies and boreal forests of Alberta and Saskatchewan, offers fabulous photo opportunities. Showy breeders include 22 species of warblers, 14 shorebirds, 21 ducks and geese, and 13 sparrows. Toughies like Connecticut Warbler, LeConte's, Nelson's and Baird's Sparrows are virtually a lock while Yellow Rail and Great Gray Owl are possible. Mammal rarities have included Swift Fox, Black-footed Ferret and Badger on past trips (all photographed!).
Seabirds, Icebergs, and Whales! This one week easy paced adventure focuses on the Avalon (far eastern Newfoundland) and includes a boat tour of millions of seabirds on Witless Bay, Puffin watching from land, and the spectacular Gannet colony at Cape St. Mary's. Great chances for close Humpback Whales! Come to the 'rock' and try a meal of cod tongues or get 'screeched in'. You will NEVER meet a friendlier folk than on this trip!
Brazil is huge and diverse and could easily take a half dozen trips to cover well. But for most of us, that is not realistic! if you can only do ONE trip to Brazil, then this is the one. Four nights are spent in three great lodges in dramatically different regions: the Pantanal; the Amazon rainforest; and the endemic rich coastal mountains. Photo opps are off the charts on this one, and even more so with legendary birder and photographer extraordinaire Edson Endrigo as co-leader! And yes, there is even a decent chance of seeing a Jaguar!
Grilled Kingklip (fish) fresh caught that day. Your first taste of a vivid Pinotage. A morning in the stark karoo. A Lammergeier (Bearded Vulture) soaring overhead. Iridescent sunbirds at minimum focus as the shutters click. The spine tingling roar of a huge Lion. The awesome thrill of finding a Leopard. Humpback Whales breaching in the Indian Ocean. A lone shepherd walking on a hillside in the "Mountain Kingdom". All of these memories could be yours to share on a South African adventure!