The Jungle Babbler - Tropical Birding's newsletter
August 30th, 2016
Welcome to the latest edition of our newsletter! In this issue we feature a great winter tour to Japan, which we are offering again next year, along with the usual tour status updates, new tours, new trip reports, and upcoming events.
Japan in Winter: Birding on Ice
Japan has a long held fascination to people from the west; a modern country that seems so far away, and so different from everything we know. Japan is arguably at its very best in winter, when snow covers the ground; giant Steller’s Sea-Eagles (below) come in from Russia to rest on sea-borne ice floes; Japanese Macaques, or “Snow Monkeys” come to bathe in hot springs during the seasonal temperatures; and one of the largest of all owls, the colossal Blakiston’s Fish-Owl, comes in to hunt fish by night along tranquil snow bordered streams. And that’s not to mention the cranes; Japan is one of the ultimate countries on Earth for the family with up to 7 different species possible. Among the regular sightings are tens of thousands of Hooded and White-naped Cranes on the southern island of Kyushu, and the immaculate and regal Red-crowned Cranes (above) on the northern island of Hokkaido, which patrol the snowfields and take low flights over the heads of the awestruck birders. Japan is also home to numerous other rare and endangered birds, like Scaly-sided Merganser, Baikal Teal, and Japanese Murrelet. The tour will be led by Charley Hesse, who once lived in this country and not only is he fluent in the language, but also has a deep understanding of the culture of this unique country. A short extension at the end offers time at sea to search for pelagics, like the rare Short-tailed Albatross, and stops off on a small island for the newly recognized endemic Owston’s Tit.
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.
UPCOMING EVENTS Catch up with the Tropical Birding guides and staff at the following events.
American Birding Expo16-18 September 2016. We'll have a stand at this year's event in Colombus, Ohio, one of the largest trade shows available to birders in North America. It is free and open to the public, though attendees who preregister get special benefits. Cape May Fall Bird Festival21-23 October 2016. Iain Campbell and Sam Woods will be attending this year's festival, giving photo procession workshops, and leading photography walks. Nature Visons Photo Expo18-20 November 2016. Iain and Cristina will be heading down to this weekend event in Manassas, Virginia.
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.