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.
August 7th – August 28th, 2018
Itinerary: Click Here
Guides: Thomas Plath, Dylan White
Cost: $7200.00 CAD
Tour Duration: 22 days
Tour Starts/Ends: Windhoek, Nimibia
This is a Must See tour. Five reasons why you should go:
Etosha National Wildlife Refuge is one of the largest protected ecosystems in the world. Dubbed the “RollsRoyce” of game reserves, in the dry season it offers Africa’s most extraordinary wildlife viewing opportunity. Thousands of herbivores, predatorsand birds congregate at natural and floodlit man-made springs offering breath-taking views of one of the largest concentrations of large mammals inthe world. Good possibility of the Big Seven.
Mahango Reserve and Okavango River. Crazy birding and cool mammals are the best ways to describe this area. Over 400 species recorded in asmall area offering diverse and rich habitats make this one of the best birding sites in southern Africa. Range-restricted mammals such as Lechwe and Sitatunga, and sought after goodies like Cape Hunting Dog, Buffalo makeMahango a must on everyone’s itinerary. A leisurely sunset river cruise with crocodiles,Hippopotamus, Rufous-bellied Heron, White-backed Night-Heron, Rock Pratincole, African Skimmer and Pel’s Fishing Owl and you’ve got bliss!
Throngs of Greater and Lesser Flamingos, White Pelicans and shorebirds light up Walvis Bay during low tides, all accessible by a beautiful walk along the town’s promenade. Giant dunes at Duisek featuring what else but Namibia’s only true endemic the Dune Lark. Acrobatic Heaveside’s Dolphin tour.
The ancient inselberg of Spitzkoppe and Namibia’s highest mountain Brandberg (with famous bushman petroglyphs) hold striking range-restricted species like White-tailed Shrike, Herrero Chat, and the amazing Rockrunner. Desert and rock formations offer great photographic opportunities.
It’s not just birds! Enjoy local food, Bushman culture, good beer and great accommodation.
We do the work you have the fun!
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.