Having known Chris for many years, we knew this was going to be a great tour. And it was. Chris is personable with a delightful sense of humor. One always feels comfortable around him. He takes excellent care of his birders (clients) by ensuring them what the daily plan is, where we are going and why. His birding skills are beyond excellent. He makes sure everyone sees the bird, if possible, explaining what we’re looking for and where. His ability to provide directions is a skill that goes a long way to making the bird spotting pleasurable and possible. Chris’s keen hearing ensures that birds that aren’t being seen have the potential to be called into view. Rockjumper is fortunate to employ Chris, an extraordinary individual. We look forward to traveling with Chris in the future.
What our clients say about Chris
- JM & MW, Honduras 2015
I cannot possibly say enough good things about Chris Sharpe; he did a spectacular job on this tour! His knowledge of the birds of the region is comprehensive, and he was very good about letting us know about their natural history in addition to field marks and ID. He was very enthusiastic and handled everything with unflagging good humor. Chris made sure we knew what to expect on each excursion and worked really hard to ensure that we all had the best possible chances to see those skulky and exciting forest birds. He would give us good guidance such as, “Strange as it may seem, right now you really want to be watching this piculet rather than that macaw,” and seemed remarkably good at keeping in mind who had seen what as we went along. He worked well with a group with varying levels of expertise, and was very patient with those of us struggling to get to grips with an outstanding number of new species. I don’t want to leave out our local guide on this tour … [who] was a great asset, very knowledgeable, personable, enthusiastic, and helpful.KH, Guyana II 2014
I’d first like to compliment Chris Sharpe on being a superb guide! Chris really made the trip special. He’s very knowledgeable about the birds in Cuba and he assembled an excellent group of Cuban biologists, guides, and support staff. Chris struck that fine balance between making this an enjoyable trip while making sure we remained on schedule so that we could see all the endemics and other birds we wanted to see. Chris’ witty sense of humor and casual style made this a very rewarding trip. I was particularly impressed with his command of the Spanish language. I also appreciated that he selected several hotels that allowed us to have a greater exposure to life in Cuba and the countryside. He also selected very knowledgeable Cuban biologists who were relentless (in a good way) at finding the birds we wanted to see. Rolando the bus driver did an excellent job getting us to remote locations so that we could see the endemics and getting to our locations safely while dodging horse-drawn buggies and the fabulous old American-made cars from the mid-1950s. Alejandro also kept us well-informed about the history and cultural aspects of the places we visited or passed through. I will always remember Chris, our group, and the Cuban people!DP, Cuba 2017
The more we got to know Chris as the tour progressed, the more fun we had. We found the birds and we did not neglect their enjoyment once we found them, and we also remembered to have fun with each other as well. We laughed a lot! The group chemistry was very good, and I believe Chris Sharpe played a major part in that outcome.DH, Cuba
This was an excellent trip. I couldn’t have written a better story. Our guide, Chris Sharpe was knowledgeable in birds and other scientific topics. He was very keen on details of our arrangements and itinerary, keeping our time productive and enjoyable. He had a very pleasant demeanour, was enthusiastic about the birds we were searching for, and was a good story teller, which helped make the whole experience a lot of fun.JP, Cuba