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 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 - 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 - 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 - Northern Arizona Shorebirding at John Lake Playa

The 63rd episode of OutBirding is now online.

Monsoon rain in Northern Arizona this summer led to the discovery of an ephemeral birding hotspot - John Lake Playa. In this episode, John Coons and friends share some of the excitement about finding an excellent new local birding patch. They also investigate the food chain supported by John Lake—with some interesting discoveries!

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New episode - Sagebrush Sparrows from Arizona

 

We published this new episode of OutBirding with Field Guides on 5 July 2021. Check out this trailer for a short preview of the show.

In 2013, the bird long known as "Sage Sparrow" was split into two species, Bell's Sparrow and Sagebrush Sparrow. In this episode, Micah Riegner visits breeding Sagebrush Sparrows near Fredonia, Arizona and discusses the identification and natural history of these intriguing songbirds.

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New episode - Eared Quetzals in Mexico

birding in the field mexico Nov 25, 2020
 

This trailer gives you a short overview of the full 20-minute episode.

Among Mexico’s most emblematic — yet also enigmatic — species of birds is the Eared Quetzal. OutBirding team Micah Riegner and Bret Whitney aimed to change that by launching a trip into the Sierra Madre Occidental of Chihuahua to document, for the first time on film or video, many of the basic life-history attributes of Eared Quetzals. The imagery they brought back from those high-elevation, mixed-conifer forests is nothing short of spectacular, and marks a significant leap forward in our knowledge of this highly distinctive, beautiful bird.

This episode is dedicated to our beloved friend Ned Brinkley who passed away on November 22nd, 2020 while birding in Ecuador. Words cannot express our sense of loss for someone who was an integral part of Field Guides. We mourn for Ned, for his family and loved ones, and for the gaping hole this leaves in the fabric of the birding community into...

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New episode - Prairie Potholes of North Dakota

 

This short trailer gives you a taste of the full 23-minute episode.

The wetlands and grasslands of the glacier-scarred northern Great Plains are home to a staggering abundance of wildlife in spring and summer. Doug Gochfeld and Tom Johnson visit North Dakota in late spring to spend time with the striking birdlife of this Prairie Potholes region, from Wilson's Phalaropes to Yellow-headed Blackbirds to LeConte's Sparrows. In addition, they explore the impacts humans have had on this changing landscape.

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