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Hawaii Rally 2019

October 16-26, 2019
$5,992.50 – $6,598.00

We will visit three islands—Oahu, Kauai, and the Big Island, Hawaii. Our itineraries will give us very good to excellent chances to see an excellent selection of Hawaii’s native birdlife. Having Hawaii Forest and Trail as our outfitters, we’ll have wonderful access to some seldom-birded sites, on both public and private lands.

Hawaii Rally 20192019-01-14T18:11:46+00:00

January 2019 Photo Quiz

Yet another dark, flying bird to test our birding mettle. This bird’s longer bill should steer us away from the various raptorial orders, however. In fact, the combination of our quiz bird’s mostly black body plumage, an apparent white patch on the relatively short wing, the long tail, and extensive white on the head dramatically reduces the ABA-Area identification options.

January 2019 Photo Quiz2019-01-17T16:53:45+00:00

West Virginia Adult Bird Camp

May 23—27 and May 28, 2019
$1,295.00 – $2,345.00

For the ABA’s first-ever Adult Birding Camp, we have chosen to visit longtime friends of ours in the New River Gorge region of West Virginia. The cabins are homey. The food is home cooked. The feeling is fun.

West Virginia Adult Bird Camp2018-12-21T17:09:14+00:00

December 2018 Photo Quiz

Hopefully, we all agree that this month’s quiz bird is a raptor; certainly, the strongly hooked beak provides a datum supporting that initial ID. Raptors cause birders all kinds of fits as far as identification, for a wide variety of reasons. Their relative rarity means that most birders see relatively few individuals of most species in any given year, stretching the learning curve out over time.

December 2018 Photo Quiz2019-01-17T16:47:10+00:00

November 2018 Photo Quiz

Here’s an angle on a species that many of us seen frequently, but possibly not often like this. The features that grab my eye, include the white belly, the orange throat, and the white wing stripe. “What? White wing stripe? What is that?”

November 2018 Photo Quiz2019-01-17T16:19:24+00:00

October 2018 Photo Quiz

While many of us would get lost in the rufous aspect to the primaries of this month’s quiz bird, perhaps also the white in the secondaries, the initial critical aspect of this bird’s identification lies in noting its feet.

October 2018 Photo Quiz2019-01-17T16:18:26+00:00

September 2018 Photo Quiz

Ah, back to a flying bird; much better than those pesky facing-away sparrows. The short, wide, and fairly flat bill and longish, narrow wings do a pretty good at ruling virtually all ABA-Area bird families out, except for the Anatidae. I am certain that many of us do not particularly care for the viewing angle on this beastie.

September 2018 Photo Quiz2019-01-17T16:17:18+00:00

IFO: Winter Sparrows of the Southwest

January 24—29, 2019
$1590.00 from Tucson, Arizona

Southeastern Arizona is home to many resident species of breeding sparrows and a favored location for migrants to overwinter. We will visit semi-desert grasslands and riparian woodlands to observe and photograph over 20 species of sparrows, towhees, and longspurs. Daily outings will be followed by classroom presentations on identification, vocalizations, ecology, natural history, and conservation.

IFO: Winter Sparrows of the Southwest2018-12-21T17:06:42+00:00

Thailand: Birding with a Camera Tour

18 February – 1 March 2019
$3750 per person, double occupancy, from Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand is one of the finest birding destinations on Earth and holds some of Asia’s coolest looking birds: glittering pheasants, gargantuan hornbills, luminous leafbirds, vivid sunbirds, and languid laughing-thrushes.

Thailand: Birding with a Camera Tour2018-05-03T17:50:15+00:00

ABA Colombia Safari

20 July — 29 July, 2019
$3,900 per person, double occupancy from Bogotá, Colombia

Harboring almost 2,000 species, about of 1/5 of all those known on the planet, and with more hummingbird species (168 and counting!) than any other country, it is the hottest birding destination around right now. 

ABA Colombia Safari2018-10-14T08:38:33+00:00