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    Mexico (west) - Nov / Dec 2021 (3 or 4 weeks)

    It's tough being in the UK looking at foreign birding trips with the highly restrictive traffic light system in place. Mexico has been consistently amber, and is a really good birding destination. I'm looking at western Mexico for three or four weeks in November / December this year. I'm at the...
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    Pelagics in Azores looking for Monteiro's Storm-petrel (5 to 10 Aug)

    We are three heading for Azores 5 to 10 August. We have booked two pelagics, a place to stay (which accommodates 5). We fly from Manchester but plenty of options from other UK airports and indeed from Europe. We were 5 but two of the crew are regrettably not yet double-vaccinated, a requirement...
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    8 days in Thailand - May 2020

    Hi I'm in Thailand taking advantage of another stop-off, from 9th to 16th May (8 days' birding). I'll be mainly targetting Eared Pitta at their key sites of Khao Yai and Kaeng Krachan National Parks. But there's loads of good birds:Blue Pitta, Coral-billed Ground-cuckoo, White-fronted...
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    Transit birding: Kuala Lumpur and Singapore

    I'm wrapping a birding destination around each end of a birding tour. If anyone would like to join a leg you'd be more than welcome. Bukit Tinggi, near Kuala Lumpur - 14 Sept 2019 Key birds: Mountain Peacock-pheasant; Ferruginuous Partridge; Rail-babbler; Pin-tailed Parrotfinch. By hire car...
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    Japan: Amami and Okinawa

    If ayone is around from 13th to 18th April 2020 I'm planning on visiting Amami and Okinawa. Some great birds on these two islands. Amami - Amami Woodcock, Robin, Thrush, and (White-backed) Woodpecker, Lidth's Jay Okinawa - Okinawa Rail, Robin and Woodpecker, Japanese Scops-owl Plus Japanese...
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    Cape Verde - Spring 2019

    Hi BF My wife and I are contemplating a trip to Cape Verde in the spring of 2019. Probably 10 days targetting all key birds. The main logistical challenge with any such trip is getting to see Raso Lark. Initial enquiries with local guides have identified two general options: 1. A small boat...
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    Galapagos

    Not necessarily about wanting trip companions, but I've booked a trip to Galapagos with G Adventures from 27 October to 12 November 2018: https://www.gadventures.co.uk/trips/complete-galapagos-yolita/3754/ It goes to all the key islands so all endemics and key birds are accessible (except...
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    Spoon-billed Sandpiper in Thailand

    My wife and I have two full days in Thailand looking for waders, on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th November. Main targets are Spoon-billed Sandpiper and 'White-faced' Plover, though I'm also keen to see Asiatic Dowitcher and Nordmann's Greenshank having not seen either for nearly 20 years. If...
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    Sri Lanka - using a local agent and the best guide out there

    My wife and I are booking a 12 day tour in December 2015, with Birdwing nature, and with Amila Salgado, widely regarded as currently the best birding guide in Sri Lanka. http://www.birdwingnature.com/birding_birdwing.html I've got a detailed itinerary I can forward on (please pm me with your...
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    Turkey - Western Brown Fish Owls

    My wife and I are visiting Turkey from 27 June to 13 July. We'd like to see Brown Fish Owl if we could. I've been in touch with Oscan who runs Vigotour (https://www.vigotour.com/en/things-to-do-activities/brown-fish-owls-tour-at-green-canyon-near-manavgat-28.html) and who has successfully...
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    Help! Suggested cameras please...

    I'm going to Ethiopia in under three weeks and would like to do some digiscoping with the new Swarovski 95mm scope. I'd be really grateful for some advice from the many experts on here: 1. If I were to buy a DCB II, what top three digi-cameras would people recommend? [I don't want to lug an...
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    Ethiopia - 16 days (Dec 13 to Jan 14) - Anyone interested

    My wife and I are going to Ethiopia which will give us 16 full days in the field, about right to do the main circuit. We are using a local guide and driver and targeting the endemics plus other key birds such as Somali Courser and Arabian Bustard. The local guide is well regarded but not as...
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    WANTED: A guide to the Birds of Wallacea

    Anyone like to sell me a copy of Coates' and Bishop's "A Guide to the Birds of Wallacea: Sulawesi, The Moluccas and Lesser Sunda Islands" or let me know where I might buy a copy? Thanks Mike Hunter [email protected]
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    Ethiopia - Autumn 2012 (anyone interested?)

    I'm at the early stages of organising a trip to Ethiopia sometime Sept / Oct / Nov 2012 for two weeks minimum (perhaps up to three). Nov is generally regarded as the best time to go in the autumn. With most of my world birding biddies having been I'm wondering whether my non-birding wife and...
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    Ethiopia - Autumn 2012 (anyone interested)

    I'm at the early stages of organising a trip to Ethiopia sometime Sept / Oct / Nov 2012 for two weeks minimum (perhaps up to three). With most of my world birding biddies having been I'm wondering whether my non-birding wife and myself could team up with another couple. Rough costs: Flight -...
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    African Pitta in Zambia

    I'm not sure if I'm flogging a dead horse with this posting but I'm hoping someone may be able to help me out. I'm really keen to see African Pitta in Zambia. However, I can find no evidence on the web that birders traveling independently are able to see it - they all seem to use birding tour...
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