Welcome to the official David Bishop Bird Tours newsletter. 2016 was quite a year commencing with a very exciting and truly fulfilling five-week expedition to the Arfak Mountains of western New Guinea (Indonesia). This expedition included the discovery of several major new bird distributions. The Philippines (Luzon and Palawan) – think 14 species of night birds including wonderful encounters with the Philipine Eagle-Owl; Borneo – we nailed the Bristlehead with groups seen superbly on two occasions; Thailand – an unusual time of year but fascinating for birds especially passage migrants including lovely Yellow-rumped Flycatchers seemingly everywhere; Bhutan – my 29th tour to the Kingdom added three new interesting species to my Bhutan list; a cruise through the magical Galapagos Islands that will live long in the memory bank followed by an overwhelming bird, mammal, and butterfly jaunt through the northern Ecuadorean Andes; a life-defining 36 days expedition to the Tibetan Plateau – think Wild Yak, Chiru, Potala Palace and some gorgeous pheasants; and finally (in conjunction with RBT) an astonishingly successful cruise through the islands of eastern Indonesia (Raja Ampats, Kofiau, Obi, Seram, Ambon and Buru) which garnered displaying Wilsons and Red-bird of paradise, Obi Woodcook, and simply amazing views of the almost mythical Madanga.
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