Virtual Birding Tours

Any Requests for Future Virtual Tours? 

 


Due to the current pandemic, all of Tropical Birding’s guides have found themselves out of work for the foreseeable future, and struggling to make ends meet. Some of us have decided to channel our extra time and passion for showing people wildlife, into creating virtual birding tours. These are way more than a simple slideshow: they take you through the trip destination by destination, with landscape photos, maps, movies, and music from the country. They’re perfect for reliving a tour that you have already taken, preparing for your next trip, or simply going virtually to a place you might never go, or have never even heard of! 

You can access our virtual tours directly via the links below. It take days of hard work to create these, so if you like them, we suggest a minimum donation of $5 / virtual tour. You can make donations by following a direct link to the PayPal account of the guide who made each movie. If you don’t have a PayPal account, just send us an e-mail, and we’ll send you a link with another payment method that doesn’t require an account. This is an honor system, and we realize that some folks are experiencing difficult financial times right now, and certainly wouldn’t want lack of cash to stop anybody from viewing our tours. Although Tropical Birding is helping the guides to promote these virtual tours, none of the money raised goes to the company; 100% of it goes directly to the guides

We hope you enjoy a bit of virtual travel, and thanks for your support. If you have any feedback, positive or negative, please send a message to [email protected] &/or [email protected]. The VTs below are organized below by guide, with reviews below each talk. 

 


 

NEW TOURS – RELEASED AUGUST 4th:

Okinawa (Japan) Virtual Tour with Charley Hesse

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Borneo Virtual Tour with Ken Behrens

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“I was particularly impressed with the Borneo tour which I have just finished watching. I think your tours are getting better every time.”

“Blimey, Borneo beckons. Brilliant birding – bravo!”

“[We] very much enjoyed your Borneo VT. It looks like an amazing place with all of the endemic birds and the wide array of mammals.”

“Your Borneo tour is terrific, Ken!! Loved the visual intro, the geography lesson, the merging of video and audio. . . an excellent job all around. Borneo has been on my list for awhile; can’t wait now to get there.”

“Thanks for taking the time to make the virtual tours. I watched Borneo and am totally inspired to go, some mind blowing birds there. I really enjoyed your presentation; the right balance of birds and other aspects. I watched a [virtual tour by another group] the other day, but it was too distracted and full of clutter for me.”

Ecuador Extended Introtour with Andrés Vásquez

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Upper Texas Coast Virtual Tour with Sam Woods

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“[We] enjoyed your Texas Coast/Hill Country virtual tour. We are from Texas and very familiar with the areas, and it was great to see your enthusiasm. Now if we could just go out and bird!”

“Thanks for a great trip to Texas, Sam. Beaumont is my original home, so nice to see that area again. Loved the intro (although we are quite proud of Janis Joplin, too; and she’s from Pt. Arthur, next door to High Island. . . sort of). Excellent photos and calls and music. Hope you are safe and well there in Quito.”

Eastern Ecuador Virtual Tour with José Illanes

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Scroll down to see all the rest of our virtual tours, arranged by guide. 


 

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Crammy Wanyama

 

Uganda Virtual Tour with Crammy Wanyama

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“I now know where I want to go first after the COVID-19 lockdown-Uganda!”

“Crammy, so nice to meet you. Thank you for a lovely tour of Uganda. Hope to meet you in person one day.”


 

Sam Woods

 

New on July 16

Alaska Virtual Tour with Sam Woods

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“Thank you for a great trip to Alaska!”

“Hello Sam- [we] enjoyed watching your Alaska Virtual Tour. It looks amazing.”

“Thank you Sam for “taking me to Alaska” with you. Your virtual tour is just what I need to break up my quarantine days.”

Sri Lanka Virtual Tour with Sam Woods

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“You’ve convinced me! Sri Lanka is a must.”
 
“Thanks Sam, very interesting presentation – I do hope to be able to take the tour before long.”

Jamaica Virtual Tour with Sam Woods

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“Enjoyed your virtual tour of Jamaica, Sam… Nice use of audio with the photos. Perhaps one day I’ll actually get there. “
 
“Thank you for the lovely virtual tour of Jamaica.”
 
“Very nice “virtual” tour. Makes me miss the Islands!”

“Hello Sam- [We] enjoyed your Jamaican Virtual Tour. It looks very relaxing. We will consider it when looking for something a little low-key.”

Sulawesi  (Indonesia) Virtual Tour with Sam Woods

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“Terrific video, Sam!! Loved the maps and history to start, the audio and the great photography. . . especially the Invisible Rail shot: just like I remember it! Thanks for doing this video in particular— brings back great memories.”

“I so enjoyed a re-visit to Sulawesi and Halmahera. It brought back fantastic memories. I also sampled the Australia east coast tour. I was so thankful I got to Australia again at the end of last year…”

“Sulawesi is definitely now on our list. Great presentation, Sam.”

“Sulawesi and Oz Northern End — even higher on my bucket list after seeing the VT’s!”

Eastern Australia Virtual Tour with Sam Woods

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“Enjoyed your video. Was planning, actually did plan a 6 week trip this October. On hold, bummer.”

“It was great “birding” Australia with you! Can’t wait to do it in person!!”

“Terrific tour of Eastern Australia, Sam!! Great mixture of maps, photos and audio. Thanks for the flowers at the end; lovely.”

Top End of Australia Virtual Tour with Sam Woods

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“Really enjoyed the Northern Australia tour. Very spectacular birds.”

“Another great tour, Sam. I have such memories of the Top End, but I haven’t visited since 2006. Fogg Dam and the Yellow Waters boat tour were highlights. I’m looking forward to the East Coast tour.”

“I loved the top end trip!”

Costa Rica Virtual Tour with Sam Woods

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“[We] enjoyed your [virtual] tour of Costa Rica. We’ve been on four separate trips there and you really did it justice!”

“This was superb, Sam. So glad to see you again after 12 years.” 

“Thanks for the great tour, Sam; took you long enough to get this on the site! But it was worth the wait. Hope all is well with you.”

“I took the Costa Rica virtual trip and loved it. It’s on my bucket list!”

“Thank you for your virtual tour of Costa Rica. I throughly enjoyed it. I will be viewing more. What a gift during this Covid confinement period.”


 

Andrés Vásquez

New on July 16

The Warbler Tour with Andrés Vásquez

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Southern Ecuador Virtual Tour with Andrés Vásquez

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Brazil: Atlantic Forest Highlights Virtual Tour with Andrés Vásquez

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Belize Virtual Tour with Andrés Vásquez

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Galapagos Virtual Tour with Andrés Vásquez

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NW Argentina & Iguaçu Falls Virtual Tour with Andrés Vásquez

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“17 minutes into it [Argentina] and I am ready to sign up! Birds and wine, what a treat. Great video and wishing you and all the other guides all the best in these trying times.”

“We really enjoyed it [Argentina], and are already looking forward to more virtual tours from you! It was fun to “see” you and follow along on the trip. We liked that you used a satellite map, which helps to understand the ecosystems you are going through. What a great tour. We’ll put that on our list for someday.”

“This [Argentina] was one of my favorite tours! Wonderful to relive the trip. Thanks for the memories!”

“Thanks for the terrific intro to the NW Argentina tour. Hope to join you there in person some day.”

“I really enjoyed the [Argentina] virtual tour. I would also like to experience it some day.”

Brazilian Pantanal and Amazon Virtual Tour with Andrés Vásquez

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Ken Behrens

New on July 16

Northern Tanzania Virtual Tour with Ken Behrens

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“We thoroughly enjoyed the Tanzania virtual tour. After having recently done a real-life East Africa tour  I was wondering how you could possibly do justice to Tanzania in one short video. I thought you’d need to serialize it finishing each respective chapter with a cliffhanger. However, your approach was extremely effective and offered a nice diversity of representative B&B (birds and beasts). We were completely awed by Ngorongoro Crater, a truly iconic place for any naturalist. Thanks of providing a terrific tour with superb photos.”

“[Tanzania] was very well done! I especially appreciated the bird song clips you embedded in the presentation.”

“Thanks for the superb virtual tour of Tanzania!”

Morocco Virtual Tour with Ken Behrens

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“Charley bragged on your Morocco VT, Ken, and he was right; great tour!! Excellent use of maps and audio. My [husband] really liked your text comments as well. Thanks again for doing these. Uh oh, another place to add to my list.”

“I just watched the Morocco tour. I really enjoyed this. Have not been to Morocco. Thank you very much.”

“We really enjoyed [Morocco]. You do a great job of balancing nature with culture and geography (and music).”

“My wife and I viewed your Morocco presentation. It was very good. Loved how you integrated music, your use of Google maps, and the great pix. ”

“[We] just discovered your virtual tour of Morocco… You did an excellent job putting this together.”

Bhutan Virtual Tour with Ken Behrens

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“As usual, Ken’s slides of the birds and mammals were spectacular. The virtual tour was much more – with wonderful images that captured a fuller experience with Buddhist temples, spectacular scenery, and a people and culture rich and old. We so hope to turn our virtual tour into an actual tour and have signed up for the 2021 trip!”

“Loved this virtual tour; brought back great memories of being in Bhutan…”

“I took the Bhutan and Vietnam tours – Loved them both! I had been to both countries, but not on birding trips. It felt kind of like completing my experience. There were so many of your pictures that made me gasp at their beauty. Thanks so much for putting these together.”

“Thoroughly enjoyed your Bhutan and Snow Leopard tours. Mouth-watering and oh, so tempting. I can’t wait to travel again.”

Snow Leopard Virtual Quest with Ken Behrens

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“I’d just like to say how fantastic the video by Ken Behrens was. Snow Leopard is way out in front on my world bucket list, and the video of the Leopard coming down to the carcass brought a tear to my eye; if I’d actually been there I think that I would cried with emotion! All the other mammals and birds were great too. What a FANTASTIC TRIP OF A LIFETIME! Great initiative in these difficult times from Tropical Birding with all its great Virtual Tours.”

“The video of the snow leopard made me cry. That was amazing!”

“The Snow Leopard VT was absolutely incredible… I can’t think of enough superlatives to describe it – fantastic, stupendous, magnificent, splendid, etc. Seriously though, you’ve succeeded in making me jealous of your life. The Snow Leopard trip must have been an incredible adventure, [SPOILER ALERT] especially upon seeing the female with her cubs. I was also drooling over the Ibisbill and a couple of others that I need for my “families” project.”

“Truly outstanding VT of your search for a snow leopard, Ken!! Really enjoyed it. Terrific photos, loved the plot and enjoyed Scott’s videos… Thanks for all your effort. Looking forward to your Bhutan VT.”

Ethiopia Virtual Tour with Ken Behrens

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“Your enthusiasm for Ethiopia made me move the trip up on my birding bucket list.”
 
“Thanks a ton for putting together your virtual tours! They are flipping awesome! I have watched Madagascar and Ethiopia and they have helped save me from certain meltdown :). I would give a number of body parts to travel with you to the Bali Mountains and Great Rift Valley. The photographic opportunities look insane and some crazy cool endemics!”
 
“[Ethiopia] was a truly outstanding video! My husband is worried about just how good it was. . . I’m thinking the 2022 tour is for me! Really liked your use of maps, and the mix of cultural, animal and scenery shots. Thanks for taking the time to put these together.”
 
“I also present lectures to Photographic Societies etc so know what I want to see from presentations and I have to say your talk exceeded expectations. I am not a specialist birder but wildlife photography and general interest in landscapes etc with my background as a geography graduate. I thought your mix of photography with the excellent maps made for an excellent all round talk.”
 
“We were equally thrilled with your descriptions, maps, and humor. There are some spectacular brown birds on the trip.”
 

Madagascar Virtual Tour with Ken Behrens

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“What a terrific idea! Watched Ken’s Madagascar virtual tour this afternoon, and both my husband and I were enthralled: grand photos, terrifically organized and Ken does a great job narrating. Madagascar’s been on my trip wish list for awhile, and now has several stars beside it. Looking forward to popping some popcorn and picking another video for tonight.”

“I appreciated the virtual tour so very much. Madagascar has always been a dream destination, and seeing the beauty through your eyes was priceless. I certainly hope that we will someday be able to see this beauty in person. I must say that the variety of herp life found on this magnificent island makes me want to go there even more!!”

“Please congratulate Ken on his Madagascar slide show – it had very well chosen content and his knowledge of the country shined through as did a sense of humour. We have been to Madagascar twice (though not with Tropical Birding) and loved it – it is not just the birds (though Shlegel’s Asity is really cool!) but the whole set of fauna right down to the leaf-tailed geckos which is all so amazing. And the people, the rice fields, the ox cart out to the boat – just everything. I can’t imagine how Ken decided what to put in and what to leave out. An excellent piece of work…”

“I thought your virtual tour was nearly perfect. Nicely paced with the photos left on display long enough to provide a good look, and your erudition showed through naturally. Your virtual tour put your Madagascar trip on my to do list once this age of cholera passes. I have passed the link on to friends and family both for your benefit and theirs. I am sure this pandemic must have put a real dent in your livelihood. Hang in there. I look forward to subscribing to more of your virtual tours.”

“The Madagascar virtual tour was great! And just the right amount of understated humor. Really got me thinking about signing up in the not too distant future. Looks like a beautiful country, I can see why you chose to live there.”

Vietnam Virtual Tour with Ken Behrens

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“We took the Vietnam tour. It was excellent, so well done. We liked the variety of seeing birds, places, food.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed [Vietnam].  I’m both – birder and photography.  I always thought Vietnam would be a good place to bird but now I’m blown away after watching your video…  This trip looks fantastic with all the hides.  I just love Pittas, I’ve only seen a few… The pace of your video was perfect, not too slow, or not too fast.  I liked seeing the route and hearing some details about things like food and accommodations.”

“Some truly spectacular birds in Vietnam, and viewing from the hides sounds amazing. Thanks for another wonderful tour!”

“Thanks so much for the trip to Vietnam. We had no idea that we needed to go there. We absolutely cannot wait to be on that trip someday!”


 

Charley Hesse

New on July 16

Philippines Virtual Tour with Charley Hesse

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“The Philippines trip looks amazing! Thanks for the tour. My wish list is getting longer and longer! Always great to start the day with exotic birds.”

“Watched the Philippines, great job and of course now I want to go there!”

“I’m originally from the Philippines. I am so excited to participate in your virtual tour. Did not realize how many wonderful species of birds in my country. Thank you very much. Made me nostalgic.”

“I had written off the Philippines as too hard, but I am very tempted by this new “easy”?? tour. Great virtual tour too. Your audio-visual skills are improving in leaps and bounds – now very sophisticated indeed.”

Ghana Virtual Tour with Charley Hesse

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“What a wonderful tour you put together of Ghana, Charley! Photos, audio and maps were merged seamlessly. A perfectly enjoyable tour. Thanks for all your effort in putting this together.”

“Hope to bird Ghana one day! Thank you!!”

“Many thanks for sending me the link to the Ghana virtual tour. I have good memories of our time there, especially the Picathartes and Egyptian Plover, but also the two species of dwarf hornbill.”

“I’ve long wanted to get to Ghana, so that was great. These videos have been really great for me.”

Cambodia Virtual Tour with Charley Hesse

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“Great tour! Cambodia looks like a fantastic place! Hopefully someday we’ll get there.”

“Interesting tour, with a good mix of birds and culture. How did we ever live without Google Earth??? What an amazing resource for “exploring” places.”

“I did enjoy your Cambodia tour very much – look forward to revisiting to go to Okoki & Siema. It was great to watch your virtual tour.”

Scotland & Ireland Virtual Tour with Charley Hesse

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“Great video, Charley; very smooth. Loved the music and maps as well as the photos. Scenery took us back to a visit we made to Ireland and Scotland in 1998.”

“Another great virtual tour. I have a holiday on N Uist planned…. and this just whets my appetite.”

“Fascinating tour and excellent photos.”

Taiwan Virtual Tour with Charley Hesse

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“Great show! This has been on my list for a very long time- maybe someday!”

“Charley, that was so much fun to watch! Terrific job, and I really liked the use of Google earth and seeing our route.”

“It would have been great to view this virtual tour before our trip. These virtual tours are particularly excellent in terms of giving people overviews of tours they are considering or have already decided to take.”

West Papua Virtual Tour with Charley Hesse

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“Fascinating trip. Those birds of paradise are amazing. Thank you very much.”

“Really enjoyed West Papua… It brought back some wonderful memories. Your photos and videos of the more remote areas were fantastic. Well done.”

Japan Virtual Tour with Charley Hesse

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“I very much enjoyed your virtual tour of winter birding in Japan – there’s no doubt you love this destination and though I had never considered it as a possibility, the opportunity to photograph the sea eagles won me over! The virtual tours are a wonderful way to get a birding “fix” while at the same time shop for new destinations when the world is safer for travel.”

“Japan in winter looks cold. . . but the birds look amazing. Thanks for the tour!”

“What a wonderful tour of Japan! It brought back so many great memories from our TB trip 2 years ago. Thanks so much!”

South Africa Virtual Tour with Charley Hesse

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“Enjoyed the South Africa tour. Thanks for the entertainment (and time to dream) on a very rainy day in Ohio.”

“Absolutely wonderful! We may never get to see something like this in real life, so this was a treat.”

Namibia Virtual Tour with Charley Hesse

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“The Namibia Virtual Tour was fantastic.”

“Many thanks for all your hard work in putting together the virtual tours! I enjoyed the Namibia tour so much……”

“I enjoyed your Namibia/Botswana presentation. Hopefully we will manage to go there in the future. It is on my list.”

Thailand Virtual Tour with Charley Hesse

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“I’ve just followed you on your virtual Thailand tour and thoroughly enjoyed it.”

“Hey Charley, I’ve really enjoyed your virtual tours! Just watched Thailand. Excellent! You’re very good at this!”

“The videos give you a real sense of what the trip will be like, potential photo ops, terrain, etc. Not just the visual but the sounds where the bird calls are paired is also a really nice touch.”


 

Daniel Aldana Schumann

 

Guatemala Virtual Tour with Daniel Aldana Schumann

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José Illanes

Peru Virtual Tour with José Illanes

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Northern Colombia Virtual Tour with José Illanes

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Ecuador Andes Introtour – Virtual Tour with José Illanes

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Pablo Cervantes Daza

 

Ecuador Virtual PHOTOTOUR with Pablo Cervantes Daza

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MORE FEEDBACK: 

“I loved all your virtual birding tours–especially also because you included other nature, culture and context. Although I am fairly well-travelled, most of the destinations you covered are new to me. I am especially excited to join you on a tour to Madagascar because it is your adopted country. I’ve been Madagascar once and really, really loved it!! In fact it is one of my top 3 destinations ever! This time it would be with a focus on birds–something I’ve never done. Thanks again! Well done!”

“You were all over the map with your virtual birding tours and I loved all of them! Although I am fairly well-travelled, I have never been on a birding tour. Now I would love to go back to Australia with a new focus on birds! On my 2 previous trips to Australia, I hiked a fair amount and although I kept my eyes out for lyre and bower birds, alas I did not see them! Obviously I did not know where to look for them! And those Australia trips were way before I started birding. I also loved how you gave cultural context about the destinations you covered and more than a passing glance at other wildlife. It would be such a treat to be on one of your trips. I can’t wait! Thanks again! Well done! **And your photos aren’t bad either!!”

“The virtual tour is fantastic!!! I loved the map (I love maps), your description of the terrain and habitat with gorgeous landscape photos, the food and wine YUM! and, those birds Wow. Wow wow.”

“I loved it! Really well done my man. Superb photos, the calls, the delivery … really brilliant.”

“Loving the virtual tour! Can’t wait to travel with you again after this is over.”

“Thanks for the tour to Madagascar! We are dreaming of the day we can join you there in person.”

“Am loving the videos; tomorrow night will be either Japan or Thailand. Have forwarded the link to friends and family…..”

“Looks like the ideal present for my mum’s birthday….”

“Love the addition of the vocal tracks. Very atmospheric…”

“We enjoyed the [Madagascar] video very much… We would love to do the real thing.”

“I thought that the [Madagascar] visual tour was fantastic. We had to postpone our trip to Uganda because of the pandemic but after seeing your virtual tour, now have put Madagascar high on our list of trips we want to take.”

“I enjoyed your tour and loved northern Argentina. I was amazed that you went to several places we didn’t go.”

“Lovely to “travel” with you again, Andres. I loved NW Argentina (I did the tour with Nick in 2017). I hope we manage a real tour at some future point. All the best to you and your family.”

“My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed “visiting” Argentina with you.”

“Glad to see you give Sam a hard time. I always do!”

“I’m looking forward to the next one.”

“Thank you! I enjoyed the tour. I went to Madagascar in 2008.”

“Ken [Madagascar] was awesome! What a great idea for the guides to do. I [also] watched Charley’s Japan last night. What a wonderful trip down memory lane. Thank you very much!”

“We thought [Madagascar] was very well done. We enjoyed having the map reminders throughout, as we do like to follow along geographically, and you included a nice mix of birds, other animals, landscape, and culture. [Madagascar] is honestly one of our dream trips, and we know we need to get there sooner rather than later – hopefully sometime in the next couple of years. We look forward to seeing more virtual tours…”

“Your [Madagascar] virtual tour was terrific: full of information and wonderful photos. All those lemurs are amazing – one in particular looked like Baryshnikov!”
 
“[The Madagascar Virtual Tour] was amazing. Thank you for sharing.”
 
“Thanks for the tour. Madagascar looks amazing!”
 
“[We] are sitting here watching your virtual tour of Madagascar. Enjoying it immensely… Bringing back lots of great memories.”
 
“Loved reliving Madagascar! Especially the helmet vanga nest! So cool!! Be well!”
 
“The Madagascar virtual tour was great!  It brought back really good memories of one of our best trips ever…”
 
“I watched the Madagascar tour as I had just been there in December. I loved the videos you added and playing background music was really nice. I hope many more birders support the virtual tours. It is a great idea and I enjoyed three of them yesterday.”
 
“I had a walk down memory lane via your Madagascar virtual tour-some great photos of some great birds and animals. I very much enjoyed it.”
 
“[We] watched the Madagascar video. I thought it was very well done. I liked how it flowed, with references to the map, and liked the multimedia with photos and video.”
 
“We watched the Madagascar [virtual tour], since that’s on our wish list of tour destinations, along with the Pantanal, and Vietnam, and and and…. I really enjoyed it. Some beautiful birds, and I loved the lemurs and the lizards. Beautiful chameleons!”
 
“I think the virtual tours are a great idea for guides to make the best of this situation, and I hope it works well for you. What this virus has done to the tourist industry and local business is heartbreaking. [In the Madagascar virtual tour] I really liked the short videos best where you get to see/hear the action.”
 
“These virtual birding tours are AMAZING. I’ve watched 5 so far! Thanks for inspiring us!”
 
“Thanks, Charley; another great video!”
 
“Great video! Someday we hope to see Vietnam. . .”
 
“We watched your Madagascar trip and it was wonderful. Such an interesting place! We have also watched Taiwan, the Pantanal and the falls, Ecuador (we went on that trip with Jose -our first tour), South Africa, top of Australia and Guatemala. All very enjoyable. Missing the travel and birding right now.”
 
“I took the Madagascar trip and thoroughly enjoyed it. Very informative and the video and slides were excellent. Very well done. I look forward to viewing the Bhutan trip.”
 
“I have watched and very much enjoyed your Snow Leopard and Ethiopia tours. They are both excellent presentations. We did Madagascar in 2011 with Scott Watson, and I remember his being very excited about the upcoming snow leopard expedition. I was pleased to see how well it worked out.”
 
“Just enjoyed the Ethiopia tour. Excellent. Thanks!”
 
“I have just watched your Vietnam bird tour and really enjoyed it. They are a really nice feature… Keep up the good work.”
 
“You did a great job on the Madagascar VT that I took… the tour was beautifully done!  Gave the viewer a real sense of being there and what to expect – example, when I read any birding company tour itinerary/description I can see the map – but that map doesn’t really let me know what the habitat, or terrain is like. Printed map doesn’t really mean much, but with a VT you see the itinerary map with an explanation and the pictures is very helpful.”
 
“My husband and I watched your Madagascar virtual tour.  Thanks so much for taking the time to put it together…  We enjoyed wondrous Madagascar immensely and you did an excellent job of capturing some of the incredible wildlife variety we saw and presenting it in a way that should make anyone who hasn’t been yearn to go and anyone who has been luxuriate in terrific memories!”
 
“Ethiopia! Wow!”
 
“I watched the Madagascar and Ethiopia tours and really enjoyed them. Fascinating landscapes and some spectacular birds. I’ve never been to Africa, but would love to go one day, so the virtual tours are a great way to get an impression of what to expect.”
 
“[Costa Rica was ] very nice. Several in our extended family may wish to go on this trip in approximately March in year.”
 
“Thanks for taking me on the Snow Leopard tour! What an adventure! Loved every minute. You do a fantastic job with these videos, keep it up! I’m looking forward to Ethiopia next. PS. . . nice to meet your son!” 
 
“Bhutan. Loved the Satyr Tragopan!  Thanks for a great show!”
 

“How different is Ethiopia! Thank you for “getting me out” of my quarantine!”

“We really enjoyed the music that you used as background… Ethiopia is definitely a “must do” now. I had no idea that it was so green!”
 
“[Ethiopia] was fun! And beautiful! Thanks. Loved the music at the end. I also watched Madagascar the other week which I really enjoyed.”
 
“I’ve now watched the Snow Leopard and Vietnam. Both are amazing. I really admire the patience needed for the leopard which must be one of the most beautiful animals in the world. The Himalayas have always fascinated me. The first TB trip I took was to Bhutan and I wish I could afford the time for a second visit. I look forward to your upcoming virtual tour!”
 
“I went to Morocco last year with Emma. It was really nice to relive the trip.”
 
“nice tour in jamaica!!!”
 
“So enjoyed Sri Lanka (wonderful memories of my 2013 trip) and Jamaica (which I look forward to doing in the next few years. . . hopefully with you).”
 
“Just wanted to say a big thank you for producing the virtual bird tours. Initially I just picked the destinations I’m seriously contemplating to visit one day, but it’s almost turned into a routine now for me, my wife and my 9-year old daughter to watch a tour every other day or so. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you that at least some real tours can resume again in the not too distant future and that you have some sort of alternative income in the meantime. Please also extend our appreciation to all the other guides who have produced virtual tours.”
 
“We watched the Eastern Australia video, very good.”
 
“Enjoyed your Eastern Australia tour video. Thanks”
 
“Thank you for the new virtual birding videos. I just watched the spring Texas presentation and have shared it with several friends. Thanks again.”

“Jamaica tour was great!”

“Loved the Jamaica video tour! Added to my “must-do” list!”.

“Hi Sam- I’ve spoken to you on the phone but have yet to take a tour with you! We’ve been to Madagascar and East Africa with Ken and Japan with Charley. Jamaica looks great- hope to get there with TB soon! Thank you. ”

“We enjoyed all of the virtual tours. I think you cover the bases very well as far as what to expect from the trip… I think it’s a real plus to get a full sense of the trip – culture, photography, mammals, topography etc.”

“Enjoyed your Eastern Australia tour video. Thanks”

“Thanks for the great virtual tour of Costa Rica. Lovely birds!”

“Borneo and Tanzania both spectacular. Trying to persuade my girlfriend to do the later with me, the former already top of my wishlist!”