Virtual Birding Tours

Due to the current pandemic, all of Tropical Birding’s guides have suddenly 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 movies. 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. 


 

Virtual Tour Map: 


 

Andrés Vásquez

New on May 28

Belize Virtual Tour with Andrés Vásquez

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New on May 22

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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Charley Hesse

New on May 28

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.”

New on May 22

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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“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.”

“The Namibia Virtual Tour was fantastic.”

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.”

Coming on June 12…

Cambodia Virtual Tour with Charley Hesse


 

Ken Behrens

New on May 28

Snow Leopard Virtual Quest with Ken Behrens

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“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!” 

“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.”

New on May 22

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.”
 
“Just enjoyed the Ethiopia tour. Excellent. Thanks!”
 
“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.”
 
“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.”
 
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.”

“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…”

“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!”

“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.”

“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.”

“I have just watched your Vietnam bird tour and really enjoyed it. They are a really nice feature… Keep up the good work.”

“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!”

Coming June 12…

Myanmar Virtual Tour with Ken Behrens

and a bit later…

Bhutan Virtual Tour with Ken Behrens


 

José Illanes

New on May 22

Northern Colombia Virtual Tour with José Illanes

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Ecuador Andes Introtour – Virtual Tour with José Illanes

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Sam Woods

 

New on May 28

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.”

New on May 22

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.”

“Very nice. Several in our extended family may wish to go on this trip in approximately March in year.”

Coming on June 12…

Eastern Australia Virtual Tour with Sam Woods


 

Daniel Adana Schumann

 

New on May 22

Guatemala FEATURE-LENGTH Virtual Tour with Daniel Aldana Schumann

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Pablo Cervantes Daza

 

New on May 22

Ecuador Virtual PHOTOTOUR with Pablo Cervantes Daza

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Crammy Wanyama

 

New on May 28

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.”


 

MORE FEEDBACK: 

“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.”

“Why are these things so cheap?!” Keith in Taiwan

“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.”