New episode - Snow Leopards of the Himalaya

On a new episode of OutBirding, Doug Gochfeld and friends head high into the Himalaya of northern India for a special natural history adventure. This time, Doug and the team are hot on the trail of one of the world's most beguiling big cats - the Snow Leopard. In recent years, local efforts in Ladakh, India have made it possible for visitors to have a chance to see Snow Leopards in their remote mountain homes. Success is by no means guaranteed, but with persistence and teamwork, Doug offers us a special glimpse into the lives of these remarkable cats and the people who seek them out.

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New episode - The Dancing Chickens: Sharp-tailed Grouse

 

Our 80th episode is now available online for subscribers.

We return to Colorado for Part II of our series on The Dancing Chickens, putting a spotlight on the lekking open-land grouse of North America. In this episode, Tom Johnson and Doug Gochfeld spend a morning at a boisterous Sharp-tailed Grouse lek. Watch along to see the very fancy dances of these unusual prairie-chickens and learn about their display sounds and biology.

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New episode - The White-naped Swifts of Cuernavaca, Mexico

Our 79th episode of OutBirding is now available to subscribers: The White-naped Swifts of Cuernavaca, Mexico with Micah Riegner.

White-naped Swifts, the largest of the New World swifts, inhabit the rugged mountains of West Mexico. Like many other swift species, their lives are closely tied to waterfalls where they roost and nest. In this episode, Micah Riegner takes us to a roost site in the middle of downtown Cuernavaca and awaits the evening arrival of these magnificent birds. 

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New episode - Meet the Motogypsy: an Interview with Janelle Kaz (Part I)

On April 8th, we published our 78th episode of OutBirding: Meet the Motogypsy: an Interview with Janelle Kaz (Part I).

Jesse Fagan brings us Part I of an engaging interview with Janelle Kaz, a.k.a Motogypsy. Janelle shares stories of her life in education, journalism, fighting the illegal trade in wildlife, and motorcycle exploration in Asia and South America.

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New episode - Puerto Rico's Endemic Birds

 

We just published a new episode: Puerto Rico's Endemic Birds with Tom Johnson. For a first look, check out the teaser trailer.

The island of Puerto Rico hosts a remarkable diversity of endemic birds - 17 species of birds can be found nowhere else on the planet. Join Tom Johnson on The Island of Enchantment for a road trip following the counterclockwise route taken by our Field Guides tours. You'll get to meet all 17 endemic birds (including the Puerto Rican Parrot, Puerto Rican Owl, Elfin-woods Warbler, and Green Mango), find exciting regional Caribbean specialities, and see gorgeous and varied landscapes from around the island. ¡Vamos!

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New episode - Uganda: Shoebills to Gorillas and beyond

New episode launching March 11th:

In this episode of OutBirding, we journey to Uganda, the Pearl of Africa. Doug Gochfeld takes us along for an exploration of some of the many wildlife highlights the country has to offer. We travel from the shores of Lake Victoria in pursuit of the legendary Shoebill, to the wildlife bonanza of Lake Mburo (including the reclusive African Finfoot), and eventually to dense mountain forests in search of Mountain Gorillas. These would be amazing enough on their own, but they're backed up by a supporting cast of hippos, giraffes, zebras, crocodiles, and lots of birds along the way.

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New episode - The Cat, The Squirrel, and The Fox

 

Check out the trailer for our 75th episode of OutBirding. For this episode, we’re back to the birthplace of Steve and Iris (the stars of episode 58, "Black Vulture Bungalow"): Austin, Texas, a city of not two, but three tails: The Cat, the Squirrel, and the Fox. Bret Whitney and neighbor Candace Ely give us the play-by-play of a squirrelly transfer of goods destined to sustain a family of foxes living under a friend’s backyard porch.  Talk about “Keeping Austin Weird”!

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New episode - Woodcock in Winter

A new episode, "Woodcock in Winter," is now available to subscribers.

Tom Johnson takes us to Cape May to look for wintering American Woodcocks. We check out these strange, plump sandpipers as they hide during typical, mild winter conditions–and also as they forage and contend with a snowy winter storm. Stay tuned for nocturnal thermal video of woodcocks pulling earthworms out of the ground AND the strange sounds of a woodcock breeding display.

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New episode - Black Swifts in Winter

 
A new episode is available to subscribers: Black Swifts in Winter.
 
On this episode of OutBirding with Field Guides, Bret Whitney retraces the discovery of the mysterious wintering grounds of the Black Swift, from their nesting areas in the Colorado Rockies to deep in the heart of South America. We’ll visit with some of the researchers who designed the landmark geolocator study that finally revealed the winter whereabouts of these fantastic birds.  It was on a boat-based Field Guides tour in central Amazonia that Bret and the tour group corroborated the Colorado geolocator data with real-time video, documenting the physical presence of Black Swifts wintering in Amazonian Brazil.
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New episode - Arizona: Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl and Northern Goshawk

Uncategorized Feb 04, 2022

We just published the 72nd episode of OutBirding with Field Guides.


In this episode from Arizona, Micah Riegner takes us from the Sonoran Desert to the montane forest of the Mogollon Highlands in pursuit of two scarce predatory birds: Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl and Northern Goshawk. Join Micah as he explores the neighborhoods of each of these birds. He shares some great images and history of the "Cactus" subspecies of the pygmy-owl and also brings us behind the scenes of a wonderful study of an active goshawk nest.

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