The Biggest Day: A New World Record

The Biggest Day: A New World Record

Among birders, it is widely thought that perhaps the greatest test of a birder’s field skills is during a “Big Day”, when a team of birders try to see as many bird species as possible in a single 24-hour period. To even have a chance at a high species total, all team members must possess great field skills,...

Bird of the Year 2016

Bird of the Year 2016

Another great year for birding has flown by, presenting our tour leaders with the difficult task of selecting their top bird out of hundreds and thousands of specials seen in 2016. The rest of us however have the pleasure of reading the year’s highlights from our leaders as recorded in their own...

Cuba – Birding the Greater Antilles

Cuba – Birding the Greater Antilles

Cuba - Birding the Greater Antilles Clayton Burne Hotel Nacional, Havana. © Clayton Burne I have had the great privilege of visiting all of the Greater Antilles on a number of occasions, but some of my best experiences have come in Cuba. Aside from the diverse birding opportunities, Cuba was a living...

How I got my bogey bird

How I got my bogey bird

During the course of one’s birding career, passion, or hobby, specific desires and goals arise. A desire to visit this park. A desire to see that country. A desire to see some particular bird. While the majority of those desires are achieved with (one can hope) relatively little resistance, there is always...

Bird of the Year 2015

Bird of the Year 2015

Perhaps the most challenging task for our tour leaders is to select their best bird from amongst the thousands of great specials that they have the opportunity to see on our array of tours each year. The rest of us, however, have the pleasure of reading the year’s highlights from our leaders as recorded in...