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    Need suggestions for a guide in western & central Andes area (closest city is Cali)

    Heading to this area in September because my wife wants to go there for a short 2 week trip. We'll tackle more of Colombia later. My wife found one guide but I think he's a bit pricey. I'm looking for other suggestions if you know of any. Thanks!
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    Tropical Birding During Rainy or Dry Season Best?

    I can't seem to get a straight answer to this question, even from guides. In the tropics there's often a cooler rainy season and hotter dry season, plus two short transitional periods where the rains begin or end. My impression is that in the rainy season birds are more vocal but birding days...
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    Unidentified Nepali Raptor

    I've had these shots for years, taken in Sept. 2016 in the foothills southwest of Kathmandu, Nepal. I only have 2 photos and gave up trying to ID the bird. Any help is appreciated.
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    When to bird the Ecuadorean Amazon?

    Hopefully, the third time is the charm. Our first planned trip to Ecuador had to be cancelled due to Covid. We had to cancel our trip a second time when my wife's foot didn't heal as well as her doctor said it would, and she still cannot walk more than one hour. BUT, we have faith that she will...
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    Texas Spring Migration, April 2021

    I'm writing this report as a lead-in to photos I'll be posting. I'd made five birding road trips to Texas since 2013 during the winter, spring and summer seasons but this trip's target bird, the early spring migrant Cerulean Warbler, had eluded me. My birding would be split into two parts, the...
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    Ecuador Planning 2 - Post Vaccination

    AMAZON LODGE X 2? Soon after I retired, Covid-19 struck all of our lives and my plans to bird until I dropped were put on hold. My Ecuador trip has been postponed until January 2022, but with the money I've saved from staying home and dreaming, I will be able to spend about 2 months in Ecuador...
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    Any feedback on the VIT (Vacation Indonesia Tours) Company?

    Any feedback on the VIT (Vacation Indonesia Tours) Tour Company? Hello Fellow Obsessives, My gf and I have decided to bird Sulawesi and Halmahera for about 28 days. We've narrowed down our best options for a guide/guiding outfitter for the entire time and have found that most charge...
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    Is Sulawesi Safe, especially Lore Lindu?

    The title just about says it all. There are warnings by various governments about possible terrorism and civil unrest in Central Sulawesi and a map showing the "dangerous" area does include that national park. Have you been there recently or do you have any informed information about this? My...
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    Relationship help needed: Borneo vs. Sulawesi

    Hi Folks, My gf and I are planning a 2 month trip to Indonesia Aug-Oct 2020. She IS a birder but we also want to see cultural stuff, which we'll do mostly on Bali and Java (where we will also bird). Then, and here's the problem, we will go either to Borneo or Sulawesi. I want Borneo, she...
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    Second of Two Warblers seen near Merzouga, Morocco - ID Help Needed

    Hello Again, Here's bird #2. This one REALLY has me stumped! Thank you for any help you can give. It was seen near the Erg Chebbi Dunes in Tamarisk Trees on November 1. (I just got back from that trip, hence the late post.) Sorry for the poor photo quality! Bruce Berman
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    First of Two Warblers near Merzouga, Morocco - Identification Help Needed

    Hi Folks, I'm the guy who saw a Yellow-browed Warbler at the abovementioned site, and I really appreciate the help I received in identifying that bird. I saw and photographed two other warblers that morning and I am having difficulty identifying them. Can you help? I'll create 2 posts on these...
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    Morocco Warbler ID Needed

    Hi Folks, Saw this double wing-barred warbler near the Erg Chebbi dunes near Merzouga, Morocco on November 1, 2019 (just got back home from that birding trip). In theory there are no warblers in that area with two wing bars. Any ideas? Thank you.
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    How much to tip Gambia guide?

    How much should I tip my guide, who owns his own business, so is not working for a third party? We've hired him for 11 full days and he's included hotels, meals and a driver in his price. Let's assume he's going to so a good job and I want to be appreciative...but not more appreciative than I...
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    Tipping Guides and Drivers

    How much to tip a guide and driver in the Developing World, assuming that they do a good job for us? I'm totally in the dark on this. My wife and I have hired two guides for about a week each, one for Senegal and the other for The Gambia. Both have also hired drivers. The guides own their own...
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    Guide Recommendation (expert human, not a book) for Ecuador

    Hi Folks, I need to hire some guides for my DIY trip to Ecuador next March/April and, being new here, I became excited when I saw the "guide" button at the top of the forums page. It was for field guides! In Costa Rica earlier this year we hired guides by the day, usually through lodges, and...
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    Ecuador in the Rainy Season?

    Hi All, I've got about 5 weeks for a birding trip, from the end of February until the beginning of April and I've been wanting to bird Ecuador for years. (The closest I've been to this nation is Costa Rica.) The only problem is, this is during the rainy season, and in my few international...
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    Howdy from AZ and NorCal

    Hello All, I'm looking forward to contributing to and learning from this forum. I'm kind of recently retired and am planning on taking 2 international birding trips each year, mostly DIY not with tour groups. I'm certain I'll have questions. Gracias!