The Jungle Babbler - Tropical Birding's newsletter
December 13th, 2016
Welcome to the latest edition of our newsletter!
Check out our tour spotlight for a cruise to utterly unique Galapagos below...
(We also have the usual tour status updates, new tours, new trip reports, and upcoming events).
Galapagos: Birding and Nature Photography Cruise
Galapagos is rightly featured on many bucket lists; it offers unique birds, amazing bird viewing, and incredible photography opportunities, which are unmatched elsewhere, and has led it to become a perennial favorite among cruise destinations. The Galapagos holds wide appeal; they offer endemic and speciality birds for the "World Birder", with birds like Swallow-tailed Gull, one of the only Waved Albatross colonies in the world, and the only penguin that lives in the tropics, (Galapagos Penguin). For the photographer, (both budding and experienced), there are myriad photo opportunities all day, each and every day of the cruise. Frigatebirds display at arm's length, albatrosses waddle clumsily around their colony in front of us, and we sidestep Blue-footed Boobies showing off their odd cerulean-colored feet, right in the middle of the trail. This tour is appropriate for many types of birders and bird photographers; a large camera is not needed as the resident birds of the Galapagos are famously tame, often rendering binoculars redundant, and big, expensive SLR cameras non-essential items. An I-phone will capture plenty of images alone in this photographer's paradise! The casual birder and naturalist will get to see some of the most famous images of Galapagos; aside from those already mentioned, will be Marine Iguanas bathing on sunbaked rocks less than a stone's throw away, super confiding, wild Giant Tortoises wandering around a local farm; and being surrounded by hundreds of tightly-packed nesting boobies and frigatebirds on the ultimate Galapagos Island, Genovesa (often dubbed "Bird Island"), is also sure to be a cruise highlight, never to be forgotten.
For the entire time on the islands, the nights will be spent aboard a very comfortable yacht, with an intimate group size of only 11 participants; aided by both a professional, full-time Tropical Birding tour leader and experienced Galapagos National Park naturalist guide. You are sure to leave with at least hundreds, if not thousands, of images from these extraordinary islands, during a cruise that visits 11 different islands/islets, including some of the most iconic of these, like Santa Cruz, Genovesa, Espanola, and San Cristobal; seeing not only great birds and other wildlife, but also many of the vastly underappreciated volcanic landscapes along the way too.
These are just some of the tours we offer; for the complete tour schedule, please see our website at www.tropicalbirding.com. 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.
NEW TOURS ADDED RECENTLY Birding tours: Belarus: Unspoiled Europe29 April-7 May 2017
Belarus, lying at the far reaches of Eastern Europe is a formerly little-known country, which has recently risen to the headlines as a major European birding hotspot. While it has become established on the annual European birding calendar in recent years, due to large tracts of undeveloped land, cloaked in thick forest, and extensive marshes, it remains precious little known among North American birders. Now that accommodations have improved, with the rise in regional tourism, we have added this tour, which genuinely offers some of the very best European birding on offer, and promises plenty of woodpeckers and owls in particular. Every single species of European woodpecker is possible (10 species), as well as Ural, Eurasian Pygmy- and Great Gray Owls, in addition to Ruff in full breeding refinery, and the spectacular, and impossibly cute Azure Tit. As development is sure to impact this remote corner of Eastern Europe at some point in the future the time to go is now, while it is still largely unblemished.
Photo tours: Yellowstone Photo Journey30 Sept-6 Oct 2017
This classic photo tour focuses on the animals of North America's oldest park, with potential "models" being Bison, Pronghorn, Elk, Mule Deer, as well as Grizzly and Black Bears. Birds like Gray Jay, Clark's Nutcracker, and even Great Gray Owl may also feature too.
INTERESTED IN A TOUR?
Just send us an email to email@example.com or call us at (800) 348-5941 or +1-409-515-9110 to check availability and ask any questions you might have. We'll then send you a link to our online booking form. Once we receive your booking form, we'll send you invoice for the tour deposit.