The Jungle Babbler - Tropical Birding's newsletter

February 2016

Tropical Birding newsletters are about looking back at great birding and photography trips, as well as looking forward to new ones on the horizon.

2016 opened with some successful tours from various corners of the globe; the results can be seen in newly available trip reports from South Africa, Ecuador, Sri Lanka and Japan (hence the Blakiston's Fish-Owl above).

Looking forward, spring is ever nearing in North America, and Tropical Birding will be attending many events in the region, from Texas to Canada to connect with former and future tour participants.

Another exciting event on the Tropical Birding calendar is the recent opening of a new US office in Parkton, in rural Maryland. This is going to be an open house, where we welcome people to drop by at any time to observe the on site bird feeders, take photos, talk tours, or just "chew the fat"! If you would like to visit, please give us a call.

So if you are looking for a tour to join, a tour to look back on, or where to come into contact with Tropical Birding soon, all the details can be found below. 

We are offering a limited-time 10% discount on the following tours

Taiwan: Formosan Endemics 17-30 April 2016
Iceland: Birding and Whale Watching in the Land of Fire and Ice 27 May-6 June 2016

All these tours are confirmed and still have space available at time of writing. 

Birding tours:
USA - Colorado: Chasing Chickens from Prairie to Mountaintop 16-24 April 2016
USA - Magee Marsh, Kirtland’s Warbler & The Upper Peninsula of Michigan 9-15 May 2016
Iceland: Birding and Whale Watching in the Land of Fire and Ice 27 May-6 June 2016
Scotland & Ireland: Highlands, Hebrides and Emerald Isle 4-10 June 2016
Malaysia: The Asia Introtour 25 June-2 July 2016
Brazil: The Pantanal and Amazon I 25 June-9 July 2016
Lowland Jungles of Borneo: Broadbills and Bristleheads 2-12 July 2016
Brazil: The Atlantic Forest Introtour 10-17 July 2016
Costa Rica: The Introtour 21-31 July 2016
Brazil: The Pantanal and Amazon II 18 July-1 August 2016
Ecuador: The Andes Introtour 6-13 August 2016
Eastern Australia: From Top to Bottom 23 October-11 November 2016 (1 space)
Kazakhstan: Birding the Silk Road 5-17 June 2017

Birding tours:
Kenya: The Coolest Trip in Africa 12-28 May 2016
Eastern Ecuador: High Andes to Vast Amazon 24 June-8 July 2016
Northwest Ecuador: In Search of Choco Endemics 26 September-9 October 2016
Southeast Brazil: Atlantic Rainforest and Savanna 20 October-8 November 2016
Peru: Manu and Machu Picchu 27 August-13 September 2016 (3 more bookings)

Photo tours:
Ecuador Photo Journey 9-18 July 2016

These are just some of the tours we offer; for the complete tour schedule, please see our website at Also don't forget that we run dozens of customized private tours every year to these and many other destinations; a custom tour can be an attractive option for groups that enjoy traveling together, for those who want to get off the beaten track, or for people whose work schedules make joining a set-departure tour difficult.


Madagascar: The Eighth Continent 28 November-14 December 2016

For more trip reports, click here.

Ecuador: The Andes Introtour January 2016 (set departure tour)
South Africa: Fairest Cape to Kruger January 2016 (set departure tour)
Sri Lanka: Ceylon Sojourn January 2016 (set departure tour)
Japan in Winter: Birding on Ice February 2016 (set departure tour)

Catch up with the Tropical Birding guides and staff at the following events. 

Spring migration in High Island, Texas - 1 April-1 May 2016. Tropical Birding will once again team up with Houston Audubon to offer guided walks in their sanctuaries.
Florida's Birding and Photofest - 27 April-1 May 2016. Pablo Cervantes and Nick Athanas will be giving presentations; and come meet Desiree D'Sylva on the TB stand.
Whitefish Point Spring Fling 2016, Michigan - 30 April-1 May 2016. Sam Woods, Keith Barnes, Iain Campbell, and Wesley Homoya will all be attending; TB guide Cameron Cox is giving the keynote. We'll be giving other presentations and also leading walks on site.
Indiana Dunes Birding Festival - 5-8 May 2016. Tropical Birding guide and owner, Iain Campbell will be giving the keynote "The Misadventures of Bird Guides". Other TB guides will also be attending and leading walks, such as Wesley Homoya, Andres Vasquez, and Sam Woods.
Festival of Birds Point Pelee National Park, Ontario - 5-12 May 2016. Keith Barnes, Cameron Cox and Scott Watson will be leading walks.
Tawas Point Birding Birding Festival, Michigan - 19-22 May 2016. Walks and talks will be given by TB guides; Iain Campbell, Jose Illanes, Sam Woods, and Andres Vasquez will be there.
British Birdfair, Rutland, UK - 19-21 August 2016. Come meet the Desiree D'Sylva and Sam Woods on our usual stand, at the largest bird festival in the World.

Tropical Birding Tours
(800) 348-5941