Northwest Peru: Hummingbirds and Maranon & Tumbesian Endemics
November 3rd – November 17th, 2019
Itinerary: click here!
Cost: $5800.00 CAN
Guides: Thomas Plath, Pablo Jost
Tour Start/Ends: from Cajamarca
Airfare to Cajamarca not included. Costs include accommodation from Nov 3rd to Nov 17th (14 nights), meals, transportation and guide fees. Alcoholic drinks and tips not included. This trip is limited to six participants plus the two guides. We feel strongly in providing personalized service and sharing our knowledge with others. The single supplement $700.
If you enjoy seeing a lot of beautiful hummingbird species including some of the world’s most spectacular species i.e. Marvelous Spatuletail and Royal Sunangel; and enjoy searching for unique birds in one of the most important endemic centres in the world, this trip is for you. Traversing a variety of habitats in beautiful scenery expect a lot of species 400+. The multitude of habitats includes elfin forest, puna, dry Maranon scrub, stunted palm forest, east slope subtropical forest, savanna, and Tumbesian deciduous forest. In addition to the many endemics and range-restricted species occurring on this tour many star birds a few being: Sickle-winged Guan, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Long-whiskered Owlet, Oilbird, Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Point-tailed Palmcreeper, Ochre-fronted and Chestnut Antpitta, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Fiery-breasted Fruiteater, White-browed Purpletuft, Slaty-backed Chat-Tyrant, White-capped, Grass-green, Yellow-scarfed and Yellow-throated Tanager, Golden-collared Honeycreeper etc.
Peru is known as a birders paradise with an astounding 1,800 species, almost 20% of the world’s birds! Peru simply has it all. Join us for an amazing journey in gorgeous scenery, traversing the Maranon drainage (a major barrier to north-south Andean bird distribution), up the Utcubamba valley, east to the bird-rich east Andean slope, then back to the semi-humid scrub of the west Peruvian Andes, finally descending to the dry deciduous forest of the coast.
Expect a lot of species and an excellent number of Tumbesian and Maranon Endemics.
Accommodation will vary from good to excellent including hacienda style Peruvian ranches/lodges all with emphasis on locations conducive to birding. Lodgings are selected with comfort in mind, combined with beautiful surroundings. Birding and nature study will be conducted along roadsides and good trails/ into forest with trails considered easy to moderate walking. Walks will be at a slow and leisurely pace that is best for locating birds and allowing nature study and photography.
Peru is gaining a world-renowned culinary reputation. Participants will have an opportunity to sample some of this great food in Lima and at some of the lodgings. Food will generally consist of a hearty breakfast, picnic lunches and a sit down dinner.
Interested participants must book prior to Jan 15, 2019 due to the very high demand for accommodation at some localities.
We have limited our trip to 6 participants in order to provide an intimate and personal experience. To reserve the trip we require a $700 CAN per person deposit. The first 6 people we receive a deposit from will be advised and further trip specific information will be sent to them. The balance of payment is 120 days before your trip departure. Payments are accepted through personal cheque or money transfer.
Cancellation and Refund:
We receive your notice of cancellation more than 120 days prior to your trip departure: you will receive 100% of your refund; between 90-120 days you receive 50% of your final payment; after 90 days no refund.
Please note: Thomas Plath Environmental Services reserves the right to cancel your trip at any time, purchasing cancellation insurance on your flight is essential. This policy protects us from unforeseen emergency events i.e. sickness, death in family.
India: Tigers, Taj Mahal, and Himalaya foothills
April 3rd – 19th, 2019
Itinerary: click here!
Guides: Tom Plath, John Vander Dol
Cost: $5800.00 CAN from Delhi
Tour Duration: 17 days
Tour Starts/Ends: Delhi
Accommodation on twin / single sharing basis; All Meals as per the itinerary (from Day 02 Breakfast till Day 17 breakfast); Overnight train ticket (Agra – Katni) in 02 Tier; Domestic flight (Jabalpur – Delhi); Monument guide in Agra; Monument entrance feel of Taj Mahal and Red Fort; 07 Jeep safaris in Bandhavgarh; Bandhavgarh Park entrance fee; Birding in Sat Tal & Pangot; 04 Jeep safaris in Corbett NP; Corbett Park entrance fee; Birding guide; All surface transfers by air-conditioned vehicle; All taxes
Services does not include:
International air fare, visa, insurance, optional tours, Tips, laundry, alcohol, bottled water, elephant ride, camera fee, personal expenses
- A large list of bird species
- Farm fresh Indian meals
- Quaint lodges and camps
- Great birding experience
- Tiger Tracking
- A large variety of other mammals
- High success rate with Tiger sightings and other Mammals
- Glimpses of the beautiful landscape, architecture and lifestyle of central & North India
Overview: 17 days visiting – Delhi, Taj Mahal, Bandhavgarh National Park, Sat Tai (Himalayan foothills), and Corbett National Park
British Columbia Bird and Wildlife Guiding
Whether it’s a half-day or several days we offer excellent bird and wildlife guiding services throughout British Columbia. Our guides are the some of the brightest and best birders in the province that know where and when to get the birds. Please contact us and let us know your wishes. We are located in the Vancouver area boasting huge numbers of waterfowl and shorebirds in winter and passage, and only a few hours drive from a great variety of habitats holding an excellent assortment of birds. From pelagic waters to montane forest, and rain forest to Okanagan sagebrush specialties, there is a lot to offer.
Highlights: Trumpeter Swan, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Tufted Duck, American White Pelican, Sandhill Crane, Gyrfalcon and Prairie Falcon, White-tailed and Rock Ptarmigan, Sharp-tailed, Sooty, Dusky and Spruce Grouse, Wild Turkey, Wandering Tattler, Black Turnstone, Surfbird, Rock and Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Thayer’s and Glaucous Gull, Tufted Puffin, Rhinoceros Auklet, Marbled and Ancient Murrelet, Western Screech-Owl, Flammulated, Boreal and Great Gray Owl, Red-breasted and Williamson’s Sapsucker, Black-backed and Three-toed Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Pacific-slope, Hammond’s and Gray Flycatcher, Gray and Steller’s Jay, Cassin’s and Hutton’s Vireo, Chestnut-backed, Mountain and Boreal Chickadee, Bushtit, Varied Thrush, Townsend’s, Black-throated Gray and McGillivray’s Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Golden-crowned, Grasshopper, Brewer’s and Lark Sparrow, Snow Bunting, Lapland Longspur, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Bobolink, Red and White-winged Crossbill, Cassin’s and Rosy Finch. Were happy to suggest itineraries to look for target species or to enjoy the best birding for that particular time of year.
Rates: Daily rates are based on a minimum of 8-12 hours in the field but can go much longer based on the desires of the client. We are happy to go the distance in the field as our guides have a passion for birding. Fuel and food costs are not included.
Day Rates (min 8 hours): 1 person $250 CAN
2 persons $350 CAN
3 persons $425 CAN
4+persons $500 CAN
General: From fall through to spring weather in coastal BC can be cool, wet and windy. Please dress accordingly for field conditions. Meals are not included and up to the client – either stopping at a restaurant or bringing bagged lunches. All of the birding areas are easy walking for the reasonably fit on for the most part on level terrain. The exception to this is in the North Shore mountains.
Birding Itineraries: Below are suggested itineraries for the Vancouver Area. Please consult a Birder’s Guide to Vancouver available through Nature Vancouver, for information regarding the places listed below. Day 1 Fraser River Delta: White Rock Pier Blackie Spit Boundary Bay Tsawwassen ferry jetty Reifel Bird Sanctuary Iona Island Day 2 North Shore: Maplewood Flats Lighthouse Park LeGrebe Islets Cypress Mountain Wildlife Tours In addition to birding tours we can offer itineraries to look for wildlife. Douglas and Red Squirrel, Yellow-pine and Townsend’s Chipmunk, Cascade-mantled and Columbian Ground Squirrel, Hoary and Yellow-bellied Marmot, American Pika, Black Bear, River Otter, Mink, Striped Skunk, Northern Raccoon, California and Steller’s Sea Lion, Harbour Seal, Mountain Goat, Bighorn Sheep, Black-tailed and Mule Deer, Orca, Gray and Humpback Whale are just a few of the mammals that can be seen in season.
Argentina Complete Northeast – Pampas to Selva
November 4th – November 22th, 2018
Itinerary: Click Here
Guides: Thomas Plath, Pablo Jost (driver/guide)
Cost: approx. $6500.00 CAD
Tour Duration: 18 days
Tour Starts/Ends: Buenos Aries
Enjoy northwestern Argentina’s endemic and range-restricted birds of subtropical Yungas forest, the cactus habitats of Monte, high-elevation puna lakes featuring thousands of water birds, and the specialty-rich “La Impenetrable” or Chaco scrub forest, in a relaxed fun way. Expect a lot of incredibly beautiful and diverse rock formations and mountain vistas while searching for the avifauna and wildlife of northwestern Argentina.
The tour begins and ends at Tucuman in a large circular route beginning at the varied habitats of Taffi de Valle, then swinging north through geologically diverse and scenic habitats passing through Cafayate, Cachi to the Bolivian border, than south to the famous Caliguela NP and specialty-rich Chaco area of Joaquin V. Gonzales.
Participants will be rewarded with a large number and diversity of South American bird families and species, including some of its most spectacular birds: Lesser (Darwin’s) Rhea, Elegant-crested Tinamou, Red-faced Guan, Rufous-thighed Kite, Black-faced Ibis, James’s and Puna Flamingo, Horned Coot, Puna Plover, Andean Avocet, Black-legged Seriema, Dark Brown Swift, Blue-tufted Starthroat, Red-tailed Comet, Spot-winged Falconet, Golden-collared Macaw, Tucuman and Burrowing Parrot, Green-cheeked Parakeet, Little and Scissor-tailed Nightjar, Chaco and Buffy-fronted Owl, Toco Toucans, Ocellated Piculet, White and White-fronted Woodpeckers, Black-bodied and Cream-backed Woodpecker, Great Rufous Woodcreeper, Buff-breasted, Rock and Straight-billed Earthcreeper, Giant Antshrike, Black-capped Antwren, White-throated Antpitta, Slaty Elaenia, Andean and Cinereous Black-Tyrant, Lesser and White-tailed Shrike-Tyrant, Greater Wagtail-Tyrant, Sandy Gallito, Olive-crowned Crescent-chest, Maquis and Steinbach’s Canastero, Lark-like Brush-runner, Crested Gallito, Rufous-throated Dipper, Hellmayr’s Pipit, Ultramarine Grosbeaks, Fulvous-headed and Yellow-striped Brush-Finch, Many-coloured Chaco-Finch, Black-crested Finch, Cinnamon, Rusty-browed and Black-and-Chestnut Warbling-Finch, Tucuman Mountain-Finch.