It is difficult to explain to the uninitiated why one would engage in travel birding. My friends think me a bit odd and a trifle obsessed. Yet they bury themselves in the latest online games, their gardens, marathon running, or some other past time with equal obsession. Lucky for me, they put up with my stories, generally laughing as I imitate the side to side dance of a Western Parotia or glide around the room like an albatross with arms out spread. It is usually the children who want to know why an adult would be so interested in birds, and they are also the ones equally entranced by the colorful plates and strange names in my bird books. Is a Hyacinth Macaw really that blue, a White-capped Forktail that abstract, or a Light-mantled Sooty Albatross that sublime? The answers are yes, but to satisfy my childlike curiosity, I had to seek them out and see for myself. Over the last 30 years I’ve birded with tour companies and independently, with friends and local guides, in luxury and in mud. By sharing with you the tricks and techniques of travel gleaned over the years, I hope to enable in readers the spirit of adventure and encourage a successful birding vacation.
This website is divided into sections roughly in order for how your trip would unfold; preparation, route planning, first days in a country, field time, and keeping and sharing records. The latter describes a bit about how you can give back to the birding community when you reach home, in large part the stimulus for this website. I also include a section with my most recent trip report from Borneo. Enjoy!