Bhutan 2015

This was my 28th bird tour to Bhutan. I first began leading bird tours to this magical kingdom in 1994 and have enjoyed the privilege of returning there once or twice a year almost annually since then. So what is it that makes this particular tour so attractive? Quite simply Bhutan is in a class…

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Ethiopia Trip Report 2017

  Our trip to the ancient kingdom of Ethiopia was at once fascinating, superbly bird-rich, as promised and, at times, confronting and challenging. Thanks, however, to the adventurous spirit and enquiring minds of our wonderful group we explored parts of Ethiopia rarely if ever witnessed by birders and naturalists. Ethiopia is an endlessly intriguing and,…

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The Adventure Continues…

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…

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Philippines 2016

Led by: David Bishop & Nicky Icarangal I was very excited to once again to be returning to these remarkable islands, which are always so full of surprises and gorgeous, gorgeous endemic birds. This was undoubtedly one of the most delightful and well run bird tours it has ever been my pleasure to be associated…

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Bhutan Tour 2016

This was my 29th bird tour to Bhutan. I first began leading bird tours to this magical kingdom in 1994 and have enjoyed the privilege of returning there once or twice a year almost annually since then. So what is it that has makes this particular tour so attractive? Quite simply Bhutan is in a…

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China November 2015

This was an immense tour in scope, execution and success. We were all pretty exhausted by the end but what an amazingly wonderful trip it proved to be. We certainly learnt just how huge this fascinating country is and that it harbours some of the most spectacular landscapes on our planet. In addition, it also…

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Tanzania Safari 2015

Read the full Tour Report here This was without a shadow of doubt the most wonderful and uplifting safari I have ever led to Africa and likely the finest tour of my career. Quite simply I could have easily turned around and done it all again. The nature, the landscapes and wildlife of Tanzania coupled…

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Borneo 2015

Any tour to Borneo is by definition special and this one was no exception. The immensely rich and fascinating biodiversity of this huge island’s fauna and flora has kept me wanting to go back and explore, year after year since the late 1970s. Despite the awful smoke emanating from the horrendous fires in Indonesian Borneo…

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Papua New Guinea 2014

Read the full Tour Report here This bespoke tour was specially designed to seek out some very distinctive, elusive families and near-families in addition to as many as possible of the distinctive genera. In this and just about everything else  we were enormously successful. Undoubtedly this was one of the most thoroughly enjoyable and stimulating tours I have…

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Borneo 2014

I sometimes have to pinch myself to realise just how fortunate I am to return each year to this extraordinary island. David Bishop Bird Tour’s Borneo is without doubt one of the finest natural history trips anywhere on our planet, not least because Borneo is one of the most exciting, vibrant and biologically diverse places…

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Steere's Pitta

Philippines 2014

I was very excited to be returning to these remarkable islands, which are always so full of surprises and gorgeous, gorgeous endemic birds. This was undoubtedly one of the most delightful and well run bird tours it has ever been my pleasure to be associated with. My colleague Nicky is without peer in these fascinating islands and his knowledge…

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Vietnam Tour Report 2014/15

A lovely, fun trip indeed. Vietnam is an exotic kaleidoscope of sights, sounds and smells; never mind how humble our surroundings the food just got better and better; the friendliness and outstandingly courteous service left one astonished and the natural history experiences were a joy to behold. Our list of some 318 species of birds…

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Wallace’s Standardwing (Semioptera wallacii)

Wallace’s Standardwing

Wallace’s Standardwing (Semioptera Wallacii), was rediscovered by Mr David Bishop in 1983. It had not previously been sighted for 50 years. It was filmed for the first time in 1986 for the BBC nature documentary “Birds for all Seasons” and was also observed in the BBC Natural World film, “Attenborough in Paradise”.

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